KUALA LUMPUR: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah granted an audience to Britain’s Prince Edward at Istana Negara here yesterday.
The King was accompanied by Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.
The Earl of Wessex is on a two-day visit to Malaysia as part of a tour that will also bring him to Australia.
It was the first meeting between the Malaysian monarch and a member of the British royal family since Sultan Abdullah was sworn in as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong in January.
Prince Edward’s itinerary in Malaysia includes attending The Duke of Edinburgh International Award’s Asia Pacific Regional Conference in his capacity as the chairman of the trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.
He is also scheduled to participate in a youth roundtable to discuss the value of informal learning.
As vice-patron of the Commonwealth Games, Prince Edward will also get to see Malaysian athletes in action ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
In a statement, British High Commissioner to Malaysia Charles Hay said the visit would cover a broad spectrum of interests – from education and sporting partnerships to joint efforts in tackling plastic waste and ocean conservation.
The Earl of Wessex last visited Malaysia in 2004, also in relation to the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.
He is the youngest child of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh. — Bernama
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