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* Prince Charles makes a personal donation for upkeep of colonial British cemetery in Sri Lanka
Wed, Feb 19, 2014, 12:09 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 19, Colombo: Britain's Prince Charles has made a personal donation towards the upkeep of the British Garrison Cemetery in Kandy.

The Prince's donation will go towards the continuing upkeep of the colonial cemetery, which is visited by many tourists to Kandy each year, the British High Commission in Colombo said.

The Prince of Wales has visited the cemetery when he was in Sri Lanka to open the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in November last year, after paying his respects at the Temple of the Tooth.

The cemetery contains the graves of many British nationals who played a role in the development of Sri Lanka in the 19th Century, including Lady Elizabeth Gregory and Sir John D'Oyly.

According to Sri Lanka's Cultural Affairs Minister T.B. Ekanayake, the cemetery is located within the Dalada Maligawa land and while the Diyawadana Nilame and the Chief Prelates maintained the Maligawa land, the cemetery is being maintained by the British.

The garden cemetery was founded in 1817 for the internment of British-era colonists and is managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission it is managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Honorary Supervisor of the Commonwealth War Graves Chris Worthington has said that the cemetery is of both historic importance and a tranquil resting place for British nationals who contributed much to Sri Lanka.

He has thanked the Sri Lanka's Departments of Archaeology and Cultural Affairs for their continuing support for the cemetery's upkeep.

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