Prince Edward’s visit to Grenada canceled during West Indies tour

Prince Edward's visit to Grenada canceled during West Indies tour

Buckingham Palace has provided some details of the stay of Prince Edward and his wife Earl and Countess of Wessex, which begins this April 22 in the Caribbean. At the same time, we find that Grenada has been removed from the list of countries visited by Queen Elizabeth’s last son. Organized to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the stay was considered very delicate given the current diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and its former colony.

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Edward and Sophie from Wessex are not going to Granada

As part of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations, Prince Edward and Sophie of Wessex will embark on their Royal Caribbean Tour from April 22-28, 2022. The Duke and Countess of Wessex were to visit St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua, Barbuda and Grenada. In a recent press release from Buckingham Palace shared on April 21, we learn that the visit to Grenada Island scheduled for April 26 has been removed from the program.

The Lord and Countess of Wessex will no longer pass through Grenada on their Caribbean tour, as previously announced (Photo: Chris Jackson / PA Photos / ABACAPRESS.COM)

“After consultation with the Government of Grenada, on the advice of the Governor-General, the Duke and Countess of Wessex postponed their visit to Grenada.”, A press release from Buckingham simply announces that the couple will postpone the visit to a later date. This program change is happening “A few days after new details came out about the role of the British in enslaving the blacks in its former colony.”To explain The Independent.

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Patron The Bank of England, which has been owned and controlled by the British government since 1946, recently published an investigation revealing that it had two plantations in Grenada in the 1770s. About 600 Africans were enslaved in the grenade plantations. While Prince Edward was in Grenada, the Grenada National Reparations Committee (GNRC) spent weeks trying to make an appointment with him. GNRC representative Ail spoke Local JournalThe committee explains that it has not heard from the authorities until it learns of the cancellation of Lord Wessex’s visit to Grenada.

The Duchess of Cambridge dances with Prince William during a visit to Belize at the end of March 2022 (Photo: Chris Jackson / PA Wire / Abacapress)

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Wessex’s Royal expelled Grenada from tour of the Caribbean.

In late March, as part of Queen Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee celebrations, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Northern Ireland and Ireland. At the same time, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a multi-day trip to three Commonwealth territories: Belize, the Bahamas, and Jamaica. Ten days ago, Princess Ann visited Australia and Papua New Guinea for similar reasons. Charles and Camilla will visit Canada again next month, and his brother Edward will visit the Caribbean today.

During William’s and Catherine Middleton’s voyages to the Caribbean, tensions were high. Prince William delivered a speech in which he expressed and acknowledged his “deep sorrow” that his country was engaged in the slave trade. Despite the presence of Mia Kulpa, the eldest son of the heir to the throne, she organized numerous demonstrations during her stay, especially in Belize and Jamaica. In a speech to Prince William, the Prime Minister of Jamaica confirmed that the process of ending the monarchy was about to begin with the goal of becoming a republic. British crown.

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Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state of 15 countries around the world. The British Sovereign is the head of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and several Commonwealth regions. These countries were former colonies of the British Empire that gained full independence. However, their head of state remained a British sovereign. In addition to the United Kingdom, Elizabeth II is still one of the 14 independent nations in the world to become head of state. Queen Elizabeth II is the head of the Commonwealth of Nations, an intra-government body that brings together over fifty countries.

In the Caribbean, Queen Elizabeth is still the head of state of Antigua, Barbuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Until November 2021, Elizabeth II was Queen of Barbados, the last Commonwealth to end the monarchy.

Seven Commonwealth Kingdoms and Ancient Countries in the Caribbean / West Indies (Photo: Royal Histories)

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Grenada is a group of five islands in the Grenadines archipelago. Before the arrival of the Europeans, the Caribbean Indians had expelled the Arawaks from the island of Grenada. Christopher Columbus baptized Concepcion Island, which became French in 1650. With the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1763, the island became British. Granada became independent in 1974.

The number of Grenadians is about 114,000, of whom 33,000 live in the capital, St. George. Elizabeth II visited Grenada in 1966, and Queen Grenada returned to St. George’s in 1985 to open Parliament. In 2012, the Duke and Countess of Wessex visited Grenada as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Prince Harry visited the country in 2016. Cecilia La Grenade has been the grenade representative of Her Majesty’s current Governor-General of Grenada since 2013.

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British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean (Photo: Royal Histories)

Around the world, the United Kingdom also has foreign territories. These territories, located in the Caribbean islands, are not independent and are considered in their own right as the United Kingdom. British Overseas Territories include: Antigua, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, the British Virgin Islands, the Falkland Islands, Montserrat, the Pitcairn Islands, the Ascension St. Helena, Tristan da Cunha and the Turks and Caicos Islands. In addition to these overseas territories, there are four regions with special status: Akrotiri, Dhekalia, British Indian Ocean Territory, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands, and the British Territory of Antarctica.

All British Overseas Territories in the World (Photo: Royal Histories)

Nicholas Fontaine

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Nicholas Fontaine has been a freelance web editor since 2014. After becoming a copywriter and author for several Belgian and French brands and media outlets, he specializes in royalty news. Nicholas is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Historians Royals. nicolas@historiesroyales.fr


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