Emperor's grandson in Melbourne

His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie of Ethiopia has met with members of the Ethiopian community in Melbourne while on a visit to Australia.

The Prince, who is the grandson of Ethiopia’s late Emperor Hailseselassie, is in Australia to mark the upcoming 50th anniversary of the state visit to Australia of his grandfather in May 1968.

Sponsored by the International Strategic Studies Association, the Prince’s visit will include similar activities to those undertaken by the late Emperor in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Before coming to Melbourne, the Prince laid a wreath at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and said he was moved to see the magnificent way Australia honors its fallen servicemen and women.

In Melbourne, Prince Ermias was warmly received by members of the Ethiopian community, where President of the Legislative Council of the Victorian Parliament gave a speech to welcome him.

 Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie

 Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie

The Hon Bruce Atkinson said Emperor Haileselassie’s contribution to Ethiopia was so much admired in Australia.

“You have a legacy that you are living and you are building relationships that are so significant in a troubled world, Mr Atkinson said.

“You have a great deal to contribute as a unifying force within Ethiopia, but also as a bridge in terms of the good will that you have expressed even here on this visit to Australia.”

On Firday, Prince Ermias was given the opportunity to plant a tree at the Royal Botanic Gardens near the one planted by his grandfather in 1968.

The commemorative spade used by Emperor Haile Selassie, one of 13 spades held in the State Botanical Collection, as well as a spade inscribed with Prince Ermias’ name, were used during the planting ceremony last week.

The tree Prince Ermias planted is a Pinus coulteri (Big Cone Pine) on Eastern Lawn, 150 metres from where his grandfather planted a Blue Atlas Cedar on 16 May 1968.

The Botanic Gardens says the Pinus coulteri planted by the Prince will add to the collection of commemorative trees in Melbourne Gardens dating back to the late 1800s.

The Prince spent Sunday visiting Ethiopian Orthodox churches in Melbourne.

Below is a photograph of the late Emperor arriving at the Victorian Parliament in Melbourne.

Emperor Haileselassie in Melbourne

And the video below shows the late Emperor's visit to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on 14 May 1968.

The Prince, 57, is the only son of Prince Sahle-Selassie of Ethiopia, who was the youngest child of Emperor Haile Selassie.

Prince Sahle-Selassie died at the very young age of 31 when Prince Ermias was only 2.

When the late Emperor was deposed in 1974, Prince Ermias was 14 years old and was studying in England, where he currently resides.

He is President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia in exile.