Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, will visit Croatia this summer in his first ever official visit. From the 16th to the 17th of May 2019 Prince Edward will visit the Dalmatian city of Split where he will meet with representatives of state and local authorities and join in the celebrations of the partnership between Great Britain and Croatia as NATO partners, in the year that Croatia marks the 10th anniversary of its membership in the NATO alliance.
During his visit to the Croatian coastline the Royal Prince, the youngest child of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, will take the time, however short to get acquainted with the customs, cultural and artistic ties and other connections between the United Kingdom and Croatia.
This will be the first official visit of Prince Edward to Croatia, but Prince Edward's brother, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, has visited Croatia several times, the last time back in March 2016 when he visited Zagreb with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall as part of the mini Balkan tour. And then in 2008 his sister, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, spent several days in Croatia. And in 1972 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was in Croatia during which she spent time in Dubrovnik.
At the time of his birth, Prince Edward was third in line of succession to the British throne; he is now tenth. The Earl of Wessex is a full-time working member of the Royal Family. He supports Her Majesty in her official duties – often alongside his wife The Countess of Wessex - as well as undertaking public engagements for a large number of his own charities. His work has a particular focus on the development of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, from which he has taken over many responsibilities from his father.