In a historic moment, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, embarked on the first-ever visit by a member of the Royal Family to Jaffna, leaving an indelible mark on the region. The Princess Royal, accompanied by Sir Tim Laurence, graced the Jaffna Public Library, a symbol of great cultural and educational significance.

Upon arrival, HRH The Princess Royal and Sir Tim Laurence were warmly welcomed by the Commissioner of Jaffna Municipal Council, Mr. Thanabalasingham Jayaseelan, and the Chief Librarian of Jaffna Public Library, Ms. Anushiya Sivaharan. The royal visitors received a traditional welcome, adorned with garlands of flowers and the symbolic pottu on their foreheads.

During the visit, The Princess Royal engaged with key figures from the fields of education, arts, and culture, gaining insights into the library’s profound importance to the community. The tour provided an opportunity to understand the library’s role as a symbol of northern education and culture, highlighting its impact on the lives of the local residents.

In a poignant gesture, HRH The Princess Royal extended her support to the communities resettled in landmine-cleared areas in Muhamalai, Kilinochchi District. Demonstrating the UK’s commitment to ensuring the safety of Sri Lankans from landmines, The Princess Royal met with the resilient members of the Tamil and northern communities. The discussions underscored the ongoing efforts to facilitate sustainable resettlement in conflict-affected regions, reinforcing the UK’s dedication to supporting the people of Sri Lanka.

This landmark visit by Her Royal Highness serves as a testament to the enduring ties between the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka, emphasizing the importance of cultural exchange, education, and humanitarian efforts in fostering a brighter future for the region. The presence of a member of the Royal Family in Jaffna reflects a significant milestone in diplomatic relations and showcases the shared commitment to building a more resilient and prosperous Sri Lanka.