High Commissioner James Thornton said:
“I am delighted that His Royal Highness is visiting Zambia this week. This is largely a working visit; the Prince will be promoting the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Zambia. The Prince will visit Alliance Motors, the franchise holder for Jaguar Land Rover products in Zambia, one of several British companies with an important presence here. And I am hosting a lunch for the Prince, to introduce him to a range of prominent Zambians and British nationals resident here.
Prince Edward’s visit here is a further sign of the strength of the relationship between the UK and Zambia, and follows the highly successful visit by HRH The Princess Royal a year ago.”
Prince Edward is the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II. The Prince arrived this morning of 3 October and will stay until midday on 4 October. Prince Edward will start his visit by paying a courtesy call on His Excellency the Acting President, Alexander Chikwanda MP.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Scheme was founded by Prince Edward’s father in 1956. The Prince spends much of his time promoting the scheme, which now operates in more than 140 countries.
The scheme has been operating in Zambia since 2009. Approximately 200 young Zambians have so far taken part in the training programme offered by the scheme.
The Prince will assist His Honour the Vice-President in conferring Gold Awards, the highest level of the programme, to young Zambians.
He will also participate at a fund-raising dinner for the Award in Zambia.
The High Commissioner will be hosting a lunch for the Prince and for selected Zambians and British Nationals at his Residence from 12.15 on Thursday. The Press may attend to take photographs at the pre-lunch drinks, from 12.15 to approximately 13.00. For further information, contact Alfred Kapalayi or Tresford Mumba on 0211 423200.
The press may also attend events organised by the local representatives of the International Award. For further information on these events or on the International Award Scheme, contact Mildred Kaunda on 0211 257146 / 0977 989545.
Alliance Motors with Jaguar Land Rover are investing up to USD 11million in Zambia over the coming years in order to bring this excellent British brand to the Zambian market.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is open all young people regardless of their back ground and circumstances. It is delivered around the world by schools, colleges, universities, employers, social clubs, uniformed and non-uniformed youth organisations, young offenders’ institutions, religious organisations, sports clubs, and a whole host of other civic organisations. Recent Award projects around the world have focused on involving young offenders, street children and former child soldiers. The impact of the Award on these and many more young people is extraordinary: it transforms their lives.
The Prince is Trustee and Chairman of the International Council of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.