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The Royals have arrived in Antigua

by: - March 7, 2012
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Visiting royalty, The Earl of Wessex and his wife, Countess Sophie arrived at English Harbour on their yacht, Leander, yesterday. They were greeted by Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack, Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer along with other members of his government. The royal couple will continue their two-day visit with a round of engagements today. (Photo by Eustace Samuel)

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Countess Sophie of Wessex arrived at Nelson’s Dockyard yesterday morning on the last leg of their Caribbean tour in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Earl and Countess were met on board the yacht, Leander, by Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack, and upon disembarking were greeted by Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer. Other dignitaries present included D Gisele Isaac-Arrindell, Speaker of the House and Hazelyn Francis, Senate President.

Speaking to The Daily OBSERVER, Spencer said, “The people who have come to participate in this would probably feel they are participating in an extremely historical event … I am delighted to be here.”

The Prince was invited to inspect the Guard of Honour before the couple proceeded to a reception at the Copper and Lumber Store Hotel where they greeted several national awardees.

The Earl and Countess privately toured the Nelson’s Dockyard Museum and Interpretation Centre and planted two lignum vitae trees in the roundabout near to the Copper and Lumber Store Hotel.

The afternoon concluded with a lunch in the royal couple’s honour at Admiral’s Inn, hosted by the prime minister.

The royal couple has also visited Barbados, St Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, St Kitts/Nevis and Montserrat on their Caribbean tour. Antigua & Barbuda is the last country the couple will visit before returning to the United Kingdom.

The Prince last visited Antigua & Barbuda in 2006 for the country’s 25th Independence Day celebration. He is the fourth child of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh and is seventh in line to the throne of England.

Antigua Observer