The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex, will visit Sri Lanka from 31 January to 4 February 2018. They will represent the British monarchy at the 70th anniversary celebration of Sri Lanka’s independence on 4 February. Edward is the youngest child of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Earl and Countess will travel to Colombo and other parts of Sri Lanka, celebrating the long-standing 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 the monarchy’s Young Leaders, an initiative to recognise and celebrate exceptional young people across the Commonwealth and will also meet representatives of a number of projects advancing causes they support through their work, including the Mentally Handicapped Children and Families Education Project, whose work to help differently-abled children and their families in the Nuwara Eliya, Trincomalee and Batticaloa Districts.