British Crown Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, have landed in Zagreb on Monday afternoon for a 2-day visit of Croatia…
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will meet with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, where she will present the couple with a painting and wines from the Ilok cellars that were served during the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1952, Prime Minister Tihomir Orešković and Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić later on Monday. The Royal couple will take Zagreb’s famous funicular up to the upper town for a sight-seeing tour.
Prince Charles and the Duchess will also visit St Mark’s Church and the Croatian National Theatre to attend a programme marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.
In the evening a formal dinner will be given in the President’s Office, to be attended by 68 guests, including political leaders, religious dignitaries, business people and prominent public figures.
Tomorrow the pair will visit Osijek to meet with local government officials and representatives of religious and ethnic communities and business people. Prince Charles is scheduled to visit Kopacki Rit Nature Park and the Zlatna Greda environmental centre, while the Duchess will visit the Lipizzan stud farm in Djakovo, one of the oldest in Europe.
“This is an important visit for us and its purpose is to strengthen relations between Croatia and Great Britain, not just political relations, but also relations between citizens, Ian Cliff, Charge d’Affairs at the British Embassy in Zagreb, said.
The visit will end on Tuesday evening with a reception at the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb marking the 70th anniversary of the presence of the British Council in Croatia.
It is Prince Charles’ fifth visit to Croatia and the Duchess’ first.