Visiting Princess Anne of the United Kingdom says Queen Elizabeth’s devotion to service is a reminder to the commonwealth countries of the power of togetherness and convenient strength of family and friendship.
Princess Anne says she is aware of the increased awareness of women positions in society and realizes the difference that women make.
She said this in Lusaka today during a thanksgiving service to mark the occasion of the diamond jubilee of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Anglican cathedral of the holy cross.
Speaking on behalf of Queen Elizabeth, Princess Anne, who is the Queens only daughter, says she was saddened by the untimely death of former first lady Mama Betty Kaunda.
Princess Anne says the Queen has pledged to devote her entire life to the service of the commonwealth community.
The thanks giving church service was attended by vice president Guy Scott, defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba, British High commissioner to Zambia James Thornton, and ambassadors and high commissioners accredited to Zambia, senior government officials and leaders of church mother bodies.
And in his homily, Diocesan Bishop David Njovu asked the nation to pray for all world leaders so that people can lead peaceful and quite lives in holiness and Godliness as Disciples of Christ.
Bishop Njovu notes that there is need for unity in the world if it has to be a better place for all citizens to live in.
Princess Anne, who arrived in Zambia on Monday, is in the country on a four day official visit as part of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee celebrations.
Her royal highness later in the afternoon unveiled a plague to officially open the new British council offices and also visited the Olympics Youth Development Centre (OYDC).
She is tomorrow expected to meet the speaker of the national assembly Dr. Patrick Matibini before addressing parliament. / Times of Zambia