The Earl and Countess of Wessex are scheduled to make official visits to three countries in South Eastern Europe at end of June.
Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, are to travel to Bulgaria on June 23-24; Romania on June 24-26; and Slovenia on June 26-28, according to the official British Monarchy website.
The official visit to Bulgaria comes at the invitation of Bulgaria’s President Rosen Plevneliev, according to the official UK Government website. During the visit, Their Royal Highnesses will meet with parents, advisors and healthcare professionals to examine the progress of the implementation of the strategy for deinstitutionalisation in Bulgaria.
Prince Edward, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, will also support efforts to establish the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Bulgaria.
Jonathan Allen, British Ambassador in Bulgaria, sees the visit as important for the two countries’ relationship, according to the UK government’s news release.
“It’s a great honour to welcome The Earl and Countess of Wessex to Bulgaria. It’s an outstanding opportunity to celebrate the close relationship between Britain and Bulgaria on social causes intended to support the most vulnerable in the society. It’s a chance to share valuable experience in the areas of child care, social services and education,” he said in the release.
The Earl and Countess’ upcoming visit to Slovenia will also be important for British diplomacy. At the invitation of British Ambassador Andrew Page, the couple will attend various events promoting British innovation, business and fashion, according to another UK government news release.
Also during the visit, which is to be Prince Edward’s first official visit to the country, the Prince will present gold awards to Slovenian participants of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. On the other hand, the Countess will promote British fashion, as patron of the London College of Fashion.
The royal couple will also make a stop at Romania, in what is to be their first official visit to the country. They are scheduled to attend events to celebrate the British Council’s 75th year anniversary in Romania, according to the UK government news.
The Earl and Countess– parents to Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn— traveled to Sweden in early June to represent the Queen at the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O’Neill.