Princess Anne from the United Kingdom has arrived in Lusaka for a five-day official visit to Zambia. The visit from 24 – 28 September 2012 is part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Princess Anne, who arrived aboard the British Airways flight this morning, was met on arrival at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport by Vice President of Zambia Guy Scott and his wife, Charlotte, British High Commissioner to Zambia, James Thornton, Government Ministers and other senior government officials.
Her Royal Highness is expected to pay a courtesy call on the Acting President today and visit Fountain of Hope, a charity set up in 1996 by a group of young Zambians to address the plight of vulnerable children.
British High Commissioner James Thornton said:
“I am delighted that Princess Anne has arrived in Zambia. The visit highlights the deep roots Zambia and the United Kingdom share as well as the lively modern relationship between our countries.”
To celebrate the Queen’s 60 years on the throne, The Princess Royal will attend a church service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross with members of the government, diplomatic corps, Commonwealth heads of missions, British community in Zambia and others. This service will be open to all who wish to attend.
The Princess Royal will also attend a dinner hosted by the Government of Zambia and a Garden Party given by the British High Commissioner.
Princess Anne, Princess Royal (Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise; born 15 August 1950), is the only daughter of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. At the time of her birth, she was third (behind her mother and elder brother) and rose to second (after her mother’s accession) in the line of succession to the thrones of the Commonwealth realms; however, after the birth of two younger brothers and six nieces and nephews she is currently tenth in line.