The visit will be Prince Andrew’s second visit to Botswana, having previously accompanied The Queen on a State Visit in 1979. This visit underlines the ongoing strength of the unique historical relationship between the Republic of Botswana and the United Kingdom.
As well as participating in the official celebrations, His Royal Highness will visit Francistown where he will support a STEM4GIRLS event to encourage more women to take up careers in science and engineering.
Whilst there The Duke will see at first-hand how the region has benefited from trade links between the UK and Botswana in agriculture. His Royal Highness will also meet representatives of the British community in both Botswana and Gaborone to understand the role that it has played in Botswana’s development.
HRH The Duke of York (Prince Andrew) is the third child of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh and is a senior full-time working member of the Royal Family. The Duke was born at Buckingham Palace on 19th February, 1960.
HRH carries out official engagements in support of Her Majesty The Queen, and works to promote economic growth and skilled job creation in the United Kingdom. In recent years, HRH has focused his activity on three core areas in which he believes he can have the greatest impact: Education and Skills, Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology and Engineering.
Today, The Duke’s work continues to have a strong economic and business focus, as he seeks to recognise the people and organisations striving to ensure that Britain has the workforce, intellectual property and entrepreneurial culture to remain a global economic leader.
On education, HRH is committed to supporting a wide range of pathways, including vocational learning, to ensure that young people develop relevant skills to allow them to become economically active. As business becomes more efficient, HRH believes entrepreneurs will be the growth and job creators of the future, and he therefore supports initiatives to encourage entrepreneurship.
And conscious that the United Kingdom has always been a great innovator, HRH recognises the importance of innovation in creating new enterprises. Therefore The Duke is a champion of British Science, Technology and Engineering. Additionally, HRH continues to support many charitable and not-for-profit organisations, and maintains close links with the Armed Services.