Britain's Prince Charles to make Balkans trip

23rd February 2016, Comments 0 comments

Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will visit Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo next month, where they will undertake engagements "to celebrate peace, reconciliation... and restoration", the palace said.

The heir to the throne will begin the visit in Croatia on March 14, where he will be officially welcomed by President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic in Zagreb, according to a statement from Charles's Clarence House office.

The royal couple will visit Zagreb's historic Upper Town to see the restoration of buildings damaged during bombing in the 1991 Balkans conflict.

The next day, Charles and Camilla will visit Osijek, the largest city in Slavonia which was on the front line of the war between Croatia and the Yugoslav Army between 1991 and 1995.

Other engagements will include a wreath-laying ceremony in Belgrade to remember the British, Commonwealth and Serbian soldiers who fought in World War I and a trip to Montenegro to mark the 10th anniversary of Montenegro's independence.

The visit concludes on March 19 in Kosovo, where the prince will take part in a memorial ceremony for those missing since the war.

It will be Charles's eighth visit to the Balkans, and Camilla's first official trip.


© 2016 AFP

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