The Princess Royal visited Sri Lanka yesterday afternoon (10) for a three-day visit to mark 75 years of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Great Britain. Along with the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence also arrived in the country. This visit of the Princess Royal is the first overseas tour of the Royal family for 2024. Anne, Princess Royal (Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise) who was born on August 15, 1950 is a member of the British royal family. She is the second child and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and the only sister of King Charles III.
After visiting the country, Princess Anne visited “Save the Children” organisation’s country office at Wellawatte, Colombo last afternoon itself. Save the Children organisation, which stands for overall well-being of children, is one of the oldest and largest international voluntary organisations in Britain. She was accompanied by British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Andrew Patrick, State Minister Seetha Arambepola, Save The Children Country Director Julian Chellappah and several other officials of the British High Commission.
Her Royal Highness, after visiting Save the Children country headquarters yesterday, lit the traditional oil lamp, which she lit during her first visit in Sri Lanka in 1995. The Princess Royal previously visited Sri Lanka in March 1995 as patron of Save the Children, to learn more about projects supported by the charity.
She looked into the present services rendered towards the children of the country. It is significant that the Save the Children organization has marked 50 years of continuous contribution to both humanitarian and development needs of children since its inception in 1974. Princes Anne enquired into the progress of various activities carried out by Save the Children in the country. Her attention was drawn on the key areas of Save the Children such as education, child protection, health and nutrition, vocational skills development and child right governance. She had cordial discussions with the staff of Save the Children organization and appreciated them for their contribution towards the children of the country.
Princess Anne also visited the Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital and engaged in conversation with children warded there.
According to the British High Commission, the visiting Princess Royal will meet businesses and charities and a Commonwealth War Grave under her new role as President of Commonwealth War Graves. The Princess Royal will also visit sites of religious significance in Kandy and Colombo, and meet local communities and civil society representatives while in Jaffna.