The Earl and Countess of Wessex Embarked on a Caribbean Tour but Skip Grenada

The official website of the Royal Family announced the Caribbean Tour of the Queen's youngest son, HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, and his wife, HRH Sophie, the Countess of Wessex to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Year.

Their destinations are St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Antigua and Barbuda, where they will be meeting communities, government officials, local entrepreneurs, and young people. 

The tour began on April 22 and would end on April 28. 

The couple landed at Saint Lucia's airport on Friday, April 22, where they were greeted with a red carpet welcome.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex in Saint Lucia

From the Royal Family's website, they

"While visiting Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, The Earl of Wessex met athletes in training for the Commonwealth Games, to be held in Birmingham this summer. Meanwhile, The Countess of Wessex spoke to women in leadership roles about the community's response to the eruption of the La Soufriere Volcano". 

The Countess of Wessex met students in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
The Earl and Countess of Wessex planted a tree to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

The royal couple also presented 13 Duke of Edinburgh's Awards to those who have completed the DoE Gold level. They also visited the Botanical Gardens where they had a close encounter with St. Vincent's national bird, the Amazona Guildingii.

Close encounter with Amazona Guildingii

There's at least one itinerary indicated in their original tour schedule that has been postponed - the tour in Grenada, an island nation in the Caribbean. 

Prince Edward met Commonwealth Games athletes during the tour

The decision to scrap the original plan was made after Grenada's governor-general, Dame Cecile La Grenade advised Buckingham Palace to postpone the visit. No further explanation was given as to why the plan must be postponed. 

Updated: Photos of Their Royal Highnesses in Antigua and Barbuda

Next month, the Prince of Wales will visit Canada to represent the Queen in the ongoing activities of the working royals to represent Her Majesty in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee. 

Photo credit: The Royal Family

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