In a message to President Maithripala Sirisena on the 70th Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence, the Queen said that she hopes the connections between the people of both countries will continue to flourish in the years to come.
“It gives me great pleasure to send to Your Excellency my congratulations on the occasion of the celebration by Sri Lanka of the seventieth anniversary of Independence. The relationship between our two countries has continued to grow, and it is my hope that the connections between our people continue to flourish in the years to come. Although I am unable to be with you as you mark this historic moment, I am very pleased that The Earl and Countess of Wessex are able to represent me and to join you in celebrating all that the people of Sri Lanka have achieved in the past 70 years,” she said in her message.
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and the Countess of Wessex, during their official visit to Sri Lanka from 31 January to 4 February, will represent the Queen at the celebration of Sri Lanka’s 70th anniversary of Independence. (Colombo Gazette)