Prince Charles paid a visit to St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral in Valletta, whose restoration he is supporting through a "generous" undisclosed donation to the Save Valletta's Skyline charity organisation.
The Prince of Wales is in Malta to lead a commemoration in Valletta to recall the granting of the George Cross to Malta during the Second World War, 75 years ago.
Save Valletta' Skyline aims to restore the tower, the 60-metre spire and internal and external stonework of St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral forming part of Valletta’s iconic cityscape, and which have deteriorated dramatically in recent years. So far, the organisation has raised over €500,000 in donations from individuals, foundations and corporate donors.
Other high-profile contributors to the charity include billionaire theatrical producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh, whose mother was of Maltese descent and whose successes include Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and Mary Poppins. He donated €100,000 donation to the restoration appeal.
The Prince of Wales arrived in the afternoon and began his two-day visit to Malta with a call on Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. He was given a ceremonial welcome at the Auberge de Castille.
Prince Charles is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech at the Our Ocean conference tomorrow. The global conference brings together world leaders to discuss maritime issues affecting the planet.
He will later meet participants of the Prince’s Trust International.