ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. — Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, arrived in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday for a three-day visit, during which they plan to visit cultural and educational sites before heading to Kentucky.

The royal couple landed at Andrews Air Force Base, where they shook hands with U.S. and British officials as they squinted in the setting sun and strong winds.

The couple went directly to a reception at the home of British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott and his wife, Lady Susie Westmacott. Before the royal couple arrived, Sir Peter Westmacott said in a statement that during their visit, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will promote democratic values and environmental preservation, and perform an “essential role” in keeping the trans-Atlantic relationship “special.”

The couple are expected to visit cultural and educational sites. Prince Charles last visited the U.S. in 2011. As he did then, he’s scheduled to meet this week with President Obama.