Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will visit Zagreb and Osijek in mid-March, the British Embassy in Zagreb announced on Tuesday.
They will arrive in Zagreb on March 14 and will hold talks with President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic. Among other things, they will attend a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the British Council in Croatia.
On the 15th, the prince and his wife will visit the eastern city of Osijek. Prince Charles, who has been encouraging inter-religious dialogue and greater understanding among religions for years, will attend a meeting of representatives of different religious and ethnic local communities organised by the Osijek Centre for Peace and Non-violence, with support from the British Embassy.
The Duchess of Cornwall, known for her activism in raising awareness of problems of victims of sexual violence, will meet with Croatian experts and activists dealing with sexual violence in war.
Announcing the visit, British Ambassador Ian Cliff said the prince and the duchess were important ambassadors of the United Kingdom. They travel at the proposal of the British government also as its representatives, so their visit to Croatia is a sign of the importance which Great Britain attaches to relations with Croatia, he said.
This will be Prince Charles's fifth visit to Croatia. He first came in 1978 and three times after Croatia achieved independence - in 1993 and twice in 1996.
On those occasions, Prince Charles had the chance to witness first hand the war destruction and is now coming to a country which is working hard to overcome the war legacy and build a prosperous society which appreciates its development, local communities, its heritage but also modern art, which appreciates its history but also the talented young people who bring change, said Cliff.
After Croatia, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will visit Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo, participating in numerous activities which celebrate peace, reconciliation, reconstruction and the empowerment of young people, the embassy said.