The Earl and Countess of Wessex to visit the Czech Republic

The Earl and Countess of Wessex to visit the Czech Republic

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1. March 2013

Two members of the British royal family are set to visit the Czech Republic in March. The family members will be the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Edward, and his wife Sophie, who have the official title of The Earl and Countess of Wessex. The Prince and his wife were invited by the Czech branch of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation and the British Embassy in Prague.

The full itinerary of the Royal couple is yet to be confirmed, but some engagements will include presenting international certificates from the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Foundation and his visit to one of the schools providing the DofE Award in the Czech Republic.

"I am very much looking forward to the visit of Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex. The visit offers a great opportunity to celebrate our rich array of excellent bilateral links with the Czech Republic, to promote the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme for young people, and to introduce the Czech Republic to The Countess, who will be making her first official visit here," said British Ambassador Sian MacLeod.

Prince Edward last visited the Czech Republic in July 2005. At that time he presented the aforementioned certificates and visited a golf course in Marianske Lazne, when it was granted the title of The Royal Golf Club. The local golf club has a long association with the Royals dating back more than one hundred years when his great-grandfather, King Edward VII, co-founded the golf club.

"200 young people from various schools, youth clubs, scouting and guiding groups around the Czech Republic took part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme in 2012. Fifty of them will now have the honour of receiving a certificate of completion directly from His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex," said Ondrej Lochman, Executive Director of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Czech Republic Foundation.

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