British Prince Edward, Count of Wessex, yesterday arrived for an official visit to the country. He was greeted by Deputy Prime Minister Radmila Sekerinska, as well as by the British ambassador to the Republic of Northern Macedonia, Rachel Galloway at “Skopje” International Airport. Today, however, there was an official meeting with the new head of state, Stevo Pendarovski.

Prince Edward is the youngest child of British Queen Elizabeth II. He visited the country previously in 2006, when he ceremoniously opened the new facility of the United Kingdom in the country.

His Majesty was yesterday at a formal reception with the Chevening scholarship recipients of the British government. During dinner, Prince Edward and Prime Minister Zaev talked with some of the scholarship recipients of the UK academic program, representatives of organizations working with children and youth, representatives of the younger generation of entrepreneurs from the business community, representatives of organizations with human rights programs, as well as with representatives of civil society organizations.

In the afternoon, his Highness was received by President of the state, Stevo Pendarovski, who welcomed him, and assessed the visit as proof of the strong ties between North Macedonia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Pendarovski presented to Prince Edward the priorities of his work in the next five years, in order to secure the overall progress of the country and realize the strategic goals of the country – membership in the European Union and NATO. At the same time, head of state Pendarovski pointed to the need to improve perspectives for the youth through scholarships for students and researchers, support for the scientific and technological progress of the state and through the support of youth initiatives, and in order to prevent the brain drain from the country, said a statement from the presidential cabinet.

The esteemed guest will today visit the kindergarten where a program will be presented by UNICEF with the support of the British government. The Early Childhood Development Program helps develop inclusive behavior in pre-school children.

His Majesty, accompanied by Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, will attend an event promoting links between the United Kingdom and North Macedonia in the areas of environment, education, inclusion and art. Examples will be presented where, with the help of British support, young people are working to find sustainable solutions for urban planning and biodiversity, sustainable fashion, the 21st Century School Education program implemented by the British Council and an inclusive dance performance.