The Lord and Countess of Wessex landed at St. Lucia in the Caribbean

The Lord and Countess of Wessex landed at St. Lucia in the Caribbean

On April 22, Prince Edward and his wife arrived in Heavenora, on the island of St. Lucia in the West Indies. The Prince and Countess of Wessex will visit three countries in the coming days as part of Queen Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee celebrations.

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Edward and Sophie of Wessex embark on their Platinum Jubilee Caribbean Tour

Queen Elizabeth III’s third son attends the Royal Platinum Jubilee Tour. After Prince Charles in Ireland and Northern Ireland, Prince William in three Caribbean countries, and Princess Anne in Australia and Papua New Guinea, it is Prince Edward’s turn to visit the Caribbean and represent the Queen.

Lord and Countess of Wessex Arrive in St. Lucia (Photo: Joe Giddens / PA Wire / Abacapress)

The Duke and Countess of Wessex were to visit St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua, Barbuda and Grenada. Of the three countries that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Belize, Jamaica, and Bahamas) visited a month ago, there was only one of the eight Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean, St. Kitts and Nevis. Finally, the day before departure, Buckingham announced that Lord Wessex’s visit to Grenada had been canceled.

Eight Commonwealth countries in the region and former member republics of the Commonwealth of Nations (formerly: Royal Histories)

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Lord and Countess of Wessex descend on St. Lucia

The voyage of Ale & Countess in Wessex, Caribbean, began this Friday, April 22nd. The couple arrived at Heavenora International Airport near Vieques Fort. The airport is located at a distance of 50 km from the capital Castris.

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Situated in the Windward Islands archipelago, St. Lucia covers an area of ​​approximately 185,000 inhabitants, covering an area of ​​620 km2, of which 20,000 live in Castro and 70,000 in large areas around the capital. The island was formerly known as Ivanolao in honor of Lucia of Syracuse. It is the only independent country in the world known by the name of a woman.

Prince Edward, the third son of Queen Elizabeth, reviews soldiers in St. Lucia (Photo: Joe Giddens / PA Wire / Abacapress)

Upon arrival in St. Lucia, Prince Edward went on a traditional overview of the soldiers in the presence of the country’s authorities. Prince Edward then led Sophie to the residence of Prime Minister Philip Pierre. They also met with Cyril Errol Melchiades Charles, Acting Governor General of St. Lucia. He has been holding the post since Governor General Neville Senak resigned last November. The Governor-General is the representative of the Sovereign of his Commonwealth countries.

Prince Edward and Sophie meet Prime Minister Philip Pierre in Castries (Photo: Joe Giddens / PA Wire / Abacapress)

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In St. Lucia, Edward and Sophie in Wessex visit a national park with sulfur springs. They are expected to attend a church in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee and Prince Edward will hold an investment ceremony.

St. Lucia was officially annexed in 1814 by the British, who had long been at loggerheads with France. Its first local government dates back to 1924. In 1979, St. Lucia gained complete independence from the United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II of St. Lucia, the country is still a monarchy. A Commonwealth constituency. The Queen’s cousin, Princess Alexandra of Kent, attended the nation’s independence celebrations in 1979.

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Queen Elizabeth II visited St. Lucia in 1966 and later returned with several members of her family. For example, the Prince of Wales visited St. Lucia in 1989. In 2012, the Lord and Countess of Wessex visited St. Lucia as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Prince Harry visited the country in 2016.

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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