Prince of Wales visits Order of Malta’s Italian Emergency Service volunteers in earthquake striken Amatrice
His Royal Highness pays a surprise visit
Amatrice, Italy, 2 April 2017
HRH the Prince of Wales in Amatrice
The Order’s Italian Emergency Service volunteers were congratulated by HRH the Prince of Wales on a surprise visit to their headquarters in Amatrice at the weekend.
The Prince met with local authorities and senior members of the Order’s Emergency Service. He talked with the volunteers about their experiences in caring for the shocked community, many of whom had lost family members in last August’s earthquake which measured 6.2 on the Richter scale and devastated the small town. They were to suffer with a further ‘quake in October.
His Royal Highness visited ‘Camp Zero’ where victims had been taken for immediate support after the catastrophe, and were treated by the Order’s first aid teams. He also laid a wreath at the memorial to those who had died.
The Order’s Emergency Service teams were on the ground within hours of the catastrophe and have remained to help rebuild the lives of the survivors.