Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence will arrive in Sri Lanka today Wednesday, January 10 for a three-day visit. The visit comes as the two countries mark 75 years of diplomatic relations. The UK and Sri Lanka share many strong personal ties and common interests, making the two countries natural partners through the Commonwealth.

While in Colombo, The Princess Royal will meet with President Ranil Wickremesinghe. She will meet businesses and charities; visit Save the Children Sri Lanka Programme; 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.

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. This trip will be the Royal family’s first overseas tour of 2024.