In a heartfelt message, His Majesty The King Charles III conveyed warm congratulations to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on the occasion of its Independence Day. The message, co-signed by the King and his wife, expressed admiration for the close bond between the two nations and anticipated the continued flourishing of their ties in this significant seventy-fifth anniversary year of the Commonwealth.

Recalling a poignant visit in 2013, where King Charles III represented his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, the monarch shared fond memories of the event. Additionally, he expressed delight over his sister, The Princess Royal’s recent visit to Colombo, Kandy, and Jaffna, underscoring the efforts to deepen the relationship between the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka.

Looking ahead, King Charles III emphasized the UK’s commitment to strengthening the modern partnership with Sri Lanka. The collaborative efforts are set to focus on crucial areas such as combating climate change and environmental degradation while upholding principles of peace and democracy.

The monarch eagerly anticipates the gathering of Commonwealth leaders in Samoa later this year. This summit is seen as an opportunity for leaders to exchange views and take joint action on issues that hold significant importance to all member nations. The message concludes with a positive outlook towards the future and the shared values that unite the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka.