The Princess Royal has landed in the Philippines to start her second visit to the country, the first being in March 1999.
The visit comes as “part of a series of high level visits from the UK to the Philippines to strengthen relations between the two countries” read a statement from the British Embassy in Manila.
Princess Anne, who is president or patron of around 320 organizations, will be in the Philippines to primarily support many of her charities. Yet while travelling abroad she undertakes duties from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Olympic and charitable engagements.
For nearly 40 years, the Princess Royal has been President of Save the Children and has travelled to many countries to continue her work with the charity. Princess Anne also acts as President of the Register of Engineers for Disaster Relief.
Some highlights of the Princess Royal’s trip start with a visit to President Benigno S. Aquino III at the Malacañan Palace to discuss the work done in the Philippines by Save the Children, in particular those implemented in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda that hit Central Visayas.
She will also meet with Vice President Jejomar Binay, as well as Philippine legislators, government officials, members of the business community, various sectoral representatives, and non-governmental organizations all who have UK-related interests and engagements.
British Ambassador Asif Ahmad will host a dinner held in honour of The Princess Royal at the British Embassy. Albert F. Del Rosario, Secretary of Foreign Affairs will be attending the dinner, there he will give a speech paying tribute to The Princess Royal for all her humanitarian work in the Philippines and across the world.
From Manila Princess Anne will fly to Ormoc City to visit the Save the Children project sites to see the work they are doing and meet with those benefiting from the programs.
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