|Duke of Gloucester arrives
Well-known British aristocrat Prince Richard,
Duke of Gloucester, will arrive in Sri Lanka today to declare
open the new British High Commission office at Bauddhaloka
Mawatha, Colombo 7, on Monday.
The name Gloucester is very familiar among Sri Lankans since it
was Prince Richardís father Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester,
who attended the 1948 independence ceremony when the British
handed over independence to Sri Lanka.
It is in remembrance of that event that the present Duke of
Gloucester is visiting Sri Lanka for the opening of the new
British High Commission.
A member of the British Royal Family, Prince Richard has been
Duke of Gloucester since his fatherís death in 1974. The Duke is
currently 19th in the line of succession and carries out Royal
engagements on behalf of his cousin, Queen Elizabeth II.