Here is the Christmas message from Her Majesty the Queen –
The Final Communique from CHOGM 2013 – the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka:
It was a wonderful moving moment from CHOGM 2013. His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales visited Kandy – the hill capital of Sri Lanka and spent time with children with disabilities. He did the ‘hokey Cokey’ with the differently abled in Nuwara Eliya and brightened up their lives by his visit. It was a moving moment in the schedule in Sri Lanka of the Prince of Wales.
Prince Charles also visited the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy for the first time in his life and flew on by helicopter to visit the tea estate that his visited during the Royal Visit of 1954. He had tea from the bush planted by His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh in 1954 and met an employee at the Tea Estate who was actually present when Prince Phillip visited Nuwara Eliya.
The Prince of Wales takes part in the ‘Hokey Cokey’ with disabled children as he visits MEDCAFEP Day School:
‘Tomorrow Belongs to Us’ CHOGM 2013 Students Parade at the Independence Hall in Colombo marking the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka.
His Royal Highness Prince Charles visited the Colombo National Museum on Friday. Camilla Duchess of Cornwall was Chief Guest at a Book Exhibition at the Colombo Public Library.
His Royal Highness visited the Labookellie Tea Estate in Kandy in Sri Lanka – part of the Mackwoods Group. The Prince of Wales drank a cup of authentic Ceylon Tea and visited the Tea Museum in the estate. The Prince of Wales was accompanied by His Excellency Dr. Chris Nonis, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in the UK.
Read about the Mackwoods Tea Centre at the Labookellie Tea Estate in Kandy:
Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron currently in Sri Lanka had requested this meeting – in the middle – on the pitch at the Colombo Cricket Ground. David Cameron was facing the world’s greatest spin bowler, the ‘Master of Spin,’ a Sri Lankan National Hero, Muttiah Muralitharan – he gave Cameron one of his specialities, a ‘doosra.’. Murali now retired from first class cricket was a member of the winning Sri Lankan team of 1996 and they won the Wills World Cup. ‘Murali went easy on me,’ tweeted Prime Minister David Cameron who is attending CHOGM 2013 – the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Watch Murali’s interview with Jon Snow of Channel 4 with TV footage of David Cameron facing the man who claimed 800 wickets, one of cricket’s all time greats:
The Sri Lankan Spin King Muttiah Muralitharan met the legendary broadcaster of Radio Ceylon/SLBC and the BBC, Vernon Corea in the House of Commons in the Palace of Westminster in London. Murali has also met Vernon Corea’s family at the Festival of Cricket in the United Kingdom in the 1990s.
Muttiah Muralitharan’s views as reported in the London Times:
Photographs of Muttiah Muralitharan and David Cameron courtesy of the Sunday Times Sri Lanka