Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Welcome Prince Edward (Earl and Countess of Wessex) to Trinidad

The Son on Queen Elizabeth will be visiting Trinidad today Tuesday, with his wife Sofie. The Caribbean Catholic would like to welcome this royal couple onto our beautiful isle. The following is the newspaper article on the subject:

Arriving on board the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Rosalie on Tuesday 28 February, Their Royal Highnesses the Earl & Countess of Wessex will begin a 2 day tour of Trinidad & Tobago. The visit celebrates Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and 50 years of Trinidad & Tobago’s Independence.

After a formal arrival ceremony, Their Royal Highnesses will call on President George Maxwell Richards at Knowsley. 25 Gold Award winners will receive their medals and certificates from the Prince and the President at a special presentation of The President’s Award, part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

The Honourable Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar will then host the Royal couple for a lunch, attended by members of the government, parliamentarians and the diplomatic corps.

After meeting members of the British High Commission, the British High Commissioner will host Their Royal Highnesses at a reception to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

On Wednesday 29 February, Prince Edward will visit Belmont Boys’ School to learn how the London 2012 Olympic Legacy will benefit Trinidad & Tobago. The International Inspirations programme teaches young people all around the world the inspiration of the Games and the transformational power of sport.

Princess Sophie will visit the Princess Elizabeth Centre which has dramatically improved the quality of life of thousands of disabled children over the past 60 years. HRH will unveil a plaque commemorating the visit and recognising the close links between the Centre and the Royal Family – the Centre was built on land paid for by a gift from Her Majesty the Queen and opened by the Princess Royal in 1953. Since that time, the centre has welcomed Her Majesty the Queen, Princess Alexandra and Prince Andrew as visitors.

The Royal couple will jointly visit the Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force Headquarters to observe a military parade. The visit comes at a time when a new generation of TTDF officers have enlisted for training at prestigious military schools in the UK, which will further strengthen the bond between the UK armed forces and TT Defence Force.

Later that afternoon, TRH the Earl & Countess of Wessex will visit the St John’s Ambulance headquarters where St John’s volunteers, TTCF and MILAT will all give demonstrations. The visit will incorporate the work of the Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation (CVQO) in Trinidad & Tobago and their partnerships with St John’s Ambulance, TT Cadet Force and MILAT.

The visit will conclude with a dinner attended by members of the British Business community and the The Hon Minister for Trade & Industry Mr Stephen Cadiz, before their return to RFA Fort Rosalie. Further information: Matt Nottingham, British High Commission 350 0410 *All press accreditation to be obtained through Rodelle Phillips, GISL 638 3883


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