Charles to visit Malta for George Cross commemoration

The Prince of Wales will visit Malta to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the nation being honoured with the George Cross for its heroism during the Second World War.

Charles' grandfather King George VI awarded the people of Malta the gallantry medal - normally presented to individuals - for enduring years of bombing that left many on the brink of starvation during the Siege of Malta.

Charles is making a two-day trip to the Commonwealth country and on Thursday will give the keynote speech at the Our Ocean conference, an annual event first held in Washington in 2014, which at its inception was spearheaded by then US Secretary of State John Kerry.

In the capital Valletta, Charles, who is president of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association, will join Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, Second World War veterans and their families and invited guests for an evening ceremony marking the awarding of the medal on April 15, 1942 by the King.

The commemorations will take place in St George's Square, where 75 years ago surrounded by bomb damaged buildings Malta's Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Lord Gort presented Sir George Borg, the Maltese Chief Justice, with the nation's gallantry honour.

The George Cross is Britain's highest civilian honour for bravery and its award recognised the sacrifice and fortitude of the people of Malta in the face of incredible odds.

Charles will be presented with a specially commissioned Maltese flag, by a veteran who served in the war rooms during the Second World War, before he gives a speech. During the event the audience will also enjoy a light show, dance display and a performance by The Citizens Orchestra.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Prince will visit St Paul's Pro-Cathedral in Valletta to view repair work to the mid 19th century building which has recently launched a three million Euro (£3 million) restoration campaign.

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