Royal visitor marks Women’s Day in Malta

A royal visitor has helped Malta to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The Countess of Wessex, who is married to the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, paid a visit to the Malta Stock Exchange in Valletta.

Sophie joined the President of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, to ring the opening trading bell.

Joe Portelli, chairman of the Malta Stock Exchange told 89.7 Bay: ‘We are honoured that Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex, on behalf of 100 Women in Finance, and Her Excellency the President of Malta have marked International Women’s Day with us by ringing the opening bell.

‘Malta has a rich heritage as a successful, growing and inclusive financial services centre.

‘We at the MSE recognise the importance of increasing gender diversity as a way of sustaining long-term prosperity of the sector.’

Sophie was last in Malta with Prince Edward in 2012.

She is the latest in a long line of royal visitors to Malta.

Six months ago, Prince Charles led a commemoration in Valletta to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Malta’s George Cross.

He also released a turtle, which had been rescued by Nature Trust, into the sea at Golden Bay.

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