Prince Charles has shared his first ever Instagram post ahead of his 10th annual visit to India, sending his best wishes to the Sikh community on Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s 550th Birth Anniversary.
The Prince of Wales wrote: “The principles on which Guru Nanak founded the Sikh religion, and which guide your lives to this day, are ones which can inspire us all – hard work, fairness, respect, and selfless service to others.”
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As I depart for India, on my tenth official visit, I did just want to convey my warmest best wishes to all of you in the Sikh Community in the United Kingdom, and across the Commonwealth, on the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The principles on which Guru Nanak founded the Sikh religion, and which guide your lives to this day, are ones which can inspire us all – hard work, fairness, respect, and selfless service to others. In embodying these values, Sikhs have made the most profound contribution to the life of this country, and continue to do so, in every imaginable field, just as you do in so many other places around the world. This week, as Sikhs everywhere honour the founder of your faith, my wife and I wanted you to know just how much your community is valued and admired by us all, and that our thoughts are with you at this very special time. . – HRH The Prince of Wales #RoyalVisitIndia #Gurupurab550
The Instagram account, Clarence House, is often updated by the Royal Office, however Charles himself reached out to the almost one million followers for the first time, signing the message off with ‘-HRH The Prince of Wales.’
Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Gurprab 500 was celebrated yesterday by Sikhs across the world, including the historic opening of Kartarpur corridor, which allowed Indians access to one of Sikhism’s holiest shrines in Pakistan without having to apply for a visa.