The Earl and Countess of Wessex to represent Queen at SL’s Independence celebrations


Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and the Countess of Wessex, will represent the Queen at Sri Lanka’s 70th independence anniversary celebrations on February 4.

The Royal couple is scheduled to undertake a visit to Sri Lanka from January 31 to February 4.

The Earl and Countess will travel to Colombo and other parts of Sri Lanka, celebrating the longstanding friendship between the two countries and shared interest in the Commonwealth, youth development and education.

They will meet participants in The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and young Sri Lankans selected as Queen’s Young Leaders, an initiative to recognize and celebrate exceptional young people across the Commonwealth.

The Earl and Countess will also meet with representatives of a number of projects advancing causes they support through their work, including MENCAFEP, whose work to help differently-abled children and their families in the Nuwara Eliya, Trincomalee and Batticaloa Districts illustrates the close links between the people of Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom.

As the United Kingdom looks forward to hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April 2018, Their Royal Highnesses’ visit will highlight our countries’ shared ambition to ensure the Commonwealth is well-placed to help deliver a bright future for its Members’ citizens.

Prince Edward is the youngest child of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. The Earl and Countess support the Queen in her official duties and undertake many public engagements each year in support of a wide range of charities and non-governmental organizations.

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