The Earl and Countess of Wessex have been met with protests calling for reparations for British colonialism on the second leg of their Caribbean tour.
Edward and Sophie had initially acquired a pleasant welcome on their go to to St Vincent and the Grenadines, however a group of round 15 protesters displayed placards as they made their solution to Government House on the island on Saturday.
Banners on present included ‘finish to colonialism’ and ‘Compensation Now’.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is the second vacation spot of their week-long Caribbean tour. The royal couple visited Saint Lucia on Friday – days after the Grenada leg of their journey was postponed on the eleventh hour.
The protests on St Vincent and the Grenadines Saturday come shortly after warnings from the Antigua and Barbuda Reparations Support Commission, which urged Edward and Sophie to keep away from ‘phoney sanctimony’ over slavery.
In an open letter to the pair, the organisation mentioned: ‘We hear the phony sanctimony of those that got here earlier than you that these crimes are a “stain in your historical past”.
‘For us, they’re the supply of genocide and of continuous deep worldwide damage, injustice and racism.
Banners learn ‘finish to colonialism’ and ‘Compensation Now’ at a small protest in opposition to the go to of the Earl and Countess of Wessex in St Vincent and the Grenadines
Edward and Sophie had initially acquired a pleasant welcome on their go to to St Vincent and the Grenadines (Pictured: The Wessexes throughout go to at Government House in St Vincent and the Grenadines)
The Countess of Wessex assembly members of the La Gracia Dance Company at St Vincent and the Grenadines Community College on Saturday
A group of round 15 protestors (pictured) held up an indication studying ‘reparation now’ as the Wessexes arrived to Government House in St Vincent and the Grenadines on Saturday
Despite the nice and cozy welcome, at this time’s go to got here after one other Caribbean nation warned the pair to keep away from ‘ phoney sanctimony’ over slavery
Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex greeted delighted onlookers in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines at this time as they reached the second vacation spot of their seven-day tour of the Caribbean
The pink carpet was rolled out but once more as Earl and Countess of Wessex arrived at Argyle International Airport on Saturday, whereas metal drums taking part in One Love by Bob Marley welcomed them to the island
‘We hope you’ll respect us by not repeating the mantra… We are usually not simpletons.’
Other placards used within the protest on Saturday included ‘down with neo-colonialism’ and ‘Britain your debt is excellent’.
The demonstration comes shortly after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had been criticised for some components of their latest Caribbean tour, deemed to hark again to colonial days.
Before the protest, Edward and Sophie acquired their second pink carpet and guard of honour of the tour after touchdown in St Vincent and the Grenadines on Saturday, as scouts, lady guides and cadets waved the nationwide flag.
The Countess of Wessex opted for a light-weight floral gown for the go to, which she paired with heeled sandals and a brightly-coloured suede bag. Sophie wore two gold bracelets, and saved her hair tied again in a modern up-do.
Steel drums taking part in One Love by Bob Marley was the backdrop to the couple’s official welcome to the island.
The reception for the couple was initially pleasant, and they had been offered with a bouquet of flowers by major college pupil Ashley Church.
Before standing on a platform to look at a guard of honour, Edward was greeted by governor normal Dame Susan Dougan, adopted by performing prime minister Montgomery Daniel.
The couple carried out separate engagements for a part of their one-day journey to the island.
Sophie, who wore a floral gown on Saturday, visited a group faculty, the place she was welcomed by the La Gracia Dance Company.
The dancers, all of quite a lot of ages, placed on a brief efficiency for the countess to a music with lyrics such as ‘welcome to St Vincent’.
She posed for photos with the kids earlier than heading onto various stalls arrange subsequent to the school theatre.
The countess then met representatives of two organisations – Persons With Disabilities, and the Society Of And For The Blind.
Sophie, who’s a world ambassador for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, included it as a part of schedule in an effort to proceed her work championing the necessity for for assist and equality for blind and partially sighted individuals.
She additionally sat with representatives of girls’s teams and enterprise leaders to listen to about their experiences of final yr’s eruption of the La Soufriere volcano.
As a part of her intention to champion the necessity for assist and equality for blind and partially sighted individuals, the countess will meet representatives of two organisations, Persons With Disabilities, and the Society Of And For The Blind
Prince Edward throughout the ceremonial welcome at Argyle International Airport in St Vincent and the Grenadines
Prince Edward resents a medal to one of many winners of 100m races and a 70m dash in honour of the Platinum Jubilee
The pair are on account of plant a tree to mark the Queen’s 70 years as monarch, earlier than listening to in regards to the nation’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic
Throughout the day, the couple carried out separate engagements as a part of their one-day journey to the island
Prince Edward visited the island’s nationwide stadium the place he met athletes coaching for Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games
As the royal couple arrived in Argyle, Sophie was fast to greet teams of excited scouts and lady guides who lined the pink carpet, all waving the colorful flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
At the identical time, Edward visited the island’s nationwide stadium the place he met athletes coaching for Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games.
He noticed two dash races held in honour of the Platinum Jubilee.
The earl additionally watched the tip of a T10 girls’s cricket match and met among the nation’s netball and tennis groups.
Later on Saturday, after the couple have lunch with the governor normal and the islands’ performing prime minister, they may go to the botanical gardens.
The pair are on account of plant a tree to mark the Queen’s 70 years as monarch, earlier than listening to in regards to the nation’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Before departing, Edward and Sophie will journey to the prime minister’s residence for a gathering with the performing prime minister and members of cupboard.
The reception for the royal couple was overwhelmingly pleasant, and they had been offered with a bouquet of flowers by major college pupil Ashley Church (above) upon arrival by airplane
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is the second vacation spot of their week-long Caribbean tour. The royal couple visited Saint Lucia on Friday – days after the Grenada leg of their journey was postponed on the eleventh hour
The newest comes after the couple’s journey to Grenada was cancelled after consultations with Island’s authorities and governor-general.
While there’s a particular sense of the nation, which secured independence from Britain in 1974, inevitably progressing to change into a republic someday, it’s not a nation the place the problem is especially prevalent in the intervening time.
But sources have indicated that prolonged discussions with the Grenadian authorities and native officers to make sure the Wessexes’ itinerary would meet the goals of the tour – to have a good time the island’s heritage and ongoing successes as effectively as marking The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – had thrown up issues.
As a results of these discussions, the Governor General Cecile La Grenade suggested that the journey ought to be postponed.
She was unwilling to debate the specifics of the issue yesterday however an aide mentioned: ‘All I can say at this stage is that it was a mutual choice.’