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By  : Chila Namaiko

24 September 2012

PRINCESS Anne of the United Kingdom (UK) is today expected to arrive in Zambia for a four-day official visit as part of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

She is scheduled to arrive at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport and would be in the country up to September 28, 2012.

According to a statement released by the British High Commission yesterday, Princess Anne was expected to pay a courtesy call on Acting President Alexander Chikwanda.

The Princess Royal would call on Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini and would address Parliament on Thursday this week.

Princess Anne would also lay wreaths at the War memorial at the Victoria Falls in Livingstone to commemorate the volunteers whose lives were lost in two world wars.

British High Commissioner James Thornton said “I am delighted that Princess Anne will be coming to Zambia. The visit highlights the deep roots Zambia and the United Kingdom share and the lively modern relationship between our countries.

“Together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we have organised an exciting programme that will show Her Royal Highness the real essence of Zambia. We also hope that it will allow as many Zambians as possible to take part and welcome her.”

In celebrating the Queen’s 60 years on the throne, Princess Anne would attend a church service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross with Government officials, diplomats, Commonwealth heads of missions and the British community in Zambia.

“This service will be open to all who wish to attend,” the statement reads.

The Princess Royal would attend a dinner hosted by the Government of Zambia and a Garden Party given by the British High Commissioner.

She would visit various organisations and witness the work of a number of charities and volunteers from the UK and other projects in Zambia.

The Fountain of Hope, Kasisi Children’s Home, Safe Spaces in Matero, Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC), Commonwealth Youth Development Centre and the British Council are some of the facilities she would visit in Lusaka.

In Livingstone, she would visit Mukuni Village, Butterfly Tree, Book Bus Foundation, Livingstone Museum and Riders for Health. Princess Anne would attend the 25th Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth Conference in Livingstone.

Princess Anne, (Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise) was born on August 15, 1950 and she is the only daughter of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

At the time of her birth, she was third (behind her mother and elder brother) and rose to second (after her mother’s accession) in the line of succession to the thrones of the Commonwealth realms but after the birth of two younger brothers and six nieces and nephews, she now stands the 10th in line.

The seventh holder of the title Princess Royal, Anne is known for her charitable work, being the patron of over 200 organisations and she carries out about 700 royal engagements and public appearances per year.

She is also known for her equestrian talents; she won two-silver and one gold medal at the European Eventing Championships and is the only member of the British Royal Family to have competed in the Olympic Games.

She is married to Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence and has two children from her previous marriage to Mark Phillips and one grand daughter.

The Queen has been Head of the Commonwealth since 1952, with 2012 marking the 60th anniversary of this role (Diamond Jubilee). Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne on February 6, 1952 and her coronation took place on June 2, 1953.

The Duke of Gloucester visited Zambia from May 3 to 7, 2007