Duke of Sussex to Visit Zambia


The Duke of Sussex will visit Zambia

The Duke of Sussex will undertake a visit to Zambia on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th November 2018. His Royal Highness will visit the Commonwealth country at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. While in the region The Duke will also attend a board meeting for African Parks, of which he is President.

On Monday 26th November, His Royal Highness will attend a reception to celebrate UK-Zambia relations at the Residence of The British High Commissioner, Fergus Cochrane-Dyet OBE. The Duke will have the opportunity to meet representatives from British businesses working in Zambia as well as young people and key figures working in the conservation sector. At the reception His Royal Highness will give a few remarks.

The following day on the 27th November, The Duke will visit Burma Barracks to attend an event commemorating WWI and WWII Zambian veterans. His Royal Highness will have the opportunity to meet with veterans and hear about their time serving in the Zambian military. The Duke will also meet widows of veterans as well as be shown round a special photographic exhibition about the African soldier of WWI.

Later that morning His Royal Highness will attend an event for The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, of which he is also President. The Commonwealth Trust champions, funds and connects young leaders who are leading social purpose ventures around the world by giving them a platform that takes their work seriously, funds their work, shares and amplifies their ideas.

The Duke will visit Circus Zambia, a partner of the Trust. Circus Zambia was founded by Gift Chansa and friends from Chibolya, a district of Lusaka that faces many challenges. The organisation equips young people from vulnerable backgrounds across Lusaka with life skills while providing educational and employment opportunities. On arrival, His Royal Highness will meet young people who have benefited from Circus Zambia as well as Queen’s Young Leaders. The Trust’s other partners present will give a short presentation to The Duke during the visit. These include members of CAMA the alumnae network of CAMFED, which tackles poverty and inequality in sub-Saharan Africa through the education of girls and the empowerment of young women. His Royal Highness will then give a short speech.

The Duke’s final engagement in Zambia will be a visit to BongoHive, the country’s first technology and innovation hub. The organisation provides a range of startup and tech programmes, workshops and events all focused on making Zambia Africa’s next hotbed of innovation. During his visit, His Royal Highness will sit in on one of the workshops, meet entrepreneurs practising their pitches ahead of the next pitch funding competition and hear from founders of start-ups who have benefited from BongoHive’s support.

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