Royal party to visit Grenada later this month

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Princess Sophie, are scheduled to visit Grenada later this month as part of activities marking the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II.

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

In her anniversary speech, the Queen thanked the members of the commonwealth for their support.

‘Today, as I mark 60 years as your Queen, I am writing to thank you for the wonderful support and encouragement that you have given to me and Prince Philip over these years and to tell you how deeply moved we have been to receive so many kind messages about the Diamond Jubilee.”

Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth nations

She added that she hoped there would be continued display of unity and togetherness in the United Kingdom and the wider Commonwealth.

“As I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness, examples of which I have been fortunate to see throughout my reign and which my family and I look forward to seeing in many forms as we travel throughout the United Kingdom and the wider Commonwealth.”

On February 27th the Royal couple are expected to be greeted by Her Majesty’s Representative in Grenada, Sir Carlyle Glean, GCMG who chairs the Planning Committee for the visit.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and his wife Countess Sophie

Other Commonwealth countries slated to be visited as well include Gibraltar, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs Statement said the visits are “aimed at raising awareness of the significance of the Queen’s role as Head of the Commonwealth and Sovereign of sixteen nations”.

Activities planned for Their Royal Highnesses include a Guard of Honour and cultural parade at the Cruise ship terminal, a Youth Rally at the National Stadium the unveiling of a plaque at the Botanical Gardens and the planting of a spice tree at Laura Herb and Spice Gardens.©

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