Yesterday, the Duke of Cambridge started his quick trip to Finland- which will wrap up today (Thursday).
While on his two-day trip in Helsinki, Prine William met with Finland’s president, Sauli Niinisto at the presidential palace.
The meeting took place so the Duke of Cambridge could pass his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth’s best wishes to the country who is celebrating their 100th anniversary of independence this year.
In 1917, Finland gained independence from Russia after a year of escalating events.
In the message which The Queen personally signed, Queen Elizabeth spoke of the “spirit of friendship” and how she doesn’t doubt that the two countries “will countinue to build out relationship in this way in the years to come.”
This is Prince William’s first trip to Finland. The Royal Family has been on the charm offensive visiting multiple EU members to maintain relationships before Brexit is final.
Prince William personally handed the message to Niinisto saying it was “a letter from the Queen, a message to a good friend”.
Her Majesty The Queen’s message, read: “Prince Philip and I send our warmest good wishes to you and to the people of Finland on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.
“We have fond memories of our State visit to Finland in 1976, when we experienced the warm hospitality of Helsinki, Turku and Jyvaskyla.
“In 1976, I spoke about how we in Britain had long associated friendliness with Finland, an association that is no less true 41 years later.
“Over the past four decades our two nations have worked together in many ways – on security, on commerce, on our people-to-people Iinks – always aided by that spirit of friendship.
“I have no doubt that we will continue to build our relationship in this way in the years to come.”
Later in the day, the Duke was invited to the personal residence of President Ninisto and his wife Jenni Haukio for a dinner celebrating the independence. He helped greet guests in the great hall along with his hosts.