Princess Anne, the Princess Royal of the United Kingdom, arrives in Sri Lanka today (10).
She will be accompanied by her spouse Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence during her stay here until 13 January.
“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,” the UK High Commission in Colombo said in a statement.
While in Colombo, The Princess will meet with President Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Further, she has made plans to meet businesses and charities, and visit Save the Children Sri Lanka Programme, as well as a Commonwealth War Grave under her new role as President of Commonwealth War Graves.
The Princess will also visit sites of religious significance in Kandy and Colombo, and meet local communities and civil society representatives while in Jaffna.
She previously visited Sri Lanka in March 1995 as patron of Save the Children.
Princess Anne is the second child and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and the only sister of King Charles III.