Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex welcomed jubilant spectators to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines today as they arrived at the second destination on their seven-day tour of the Caribbean

The Countess of Wessex continues her Jubilee tour of the Caribbean with Prince Edward

Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex welcomed jubilant spectators to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines today as they arrived at the second destination on their seven-day tour of the Caribbean.

The red carpet was rolled out again as the Earl and Countess of Wessex arrived at Argyle International Airport on Saturday, while steel drums playing Bob Marley’s “One Love” greeted them on the island.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is the second destination of her week-long Caribbean tour. The royal couple visited St Lucia on Friday – days after the Grenada flight was postponed at 11.

The Countess of Wessex for the visit chose a light pink dress that she wore with heeled sandals and a brightly colored suede bag. Sophie wore two gold bracelets, and kept her hair tied back in an elegant neckline.

When the royal couple arrived in Argyll, Sophie was quick to welcome groups of enthusiastic Scouts and Guides who lined the red carpet, all waving the colorful St. Vincent and the Grenadines flag.

But despite the warm welcome, today’s visit came after another Caribbean country warned the couple to avoidFalse holiness over slavery.

Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex welcomed jubilant spectators to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines today as they arrived at the second destination on their seven-day tour of the Caribbean

The red carpet was rolled out again as the Earl and Countess of Wessex arrived at Argyle International Airport on Saturday, as steel drums playing Bob Marley's

The red carpet was rolled out again as the Earl and Countess of Wessex arrived at Argyle International Airport on Saturday, as steel drums playing Bob Marley’s “One Love” greeted them on the island.

Pictured: Sophie Wessex

Pictured: Prince Edward

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is the second destination of her week-long Caribbean tour. The royal couple visited St Lucia on Friday – days after their Grenada flight was postponed at 11

The reception of the royal couple was very cordial, a bouquet of flowers was presented by elementary school student Ashley Church (above) upon arrival by plane

The reception of the royal couple was very cordial, a bouquet of flowers was presented by elementary school student Ashley Church (above) upon arrival by plane

In an open letter to the couple, the Antigua and Barbuda Compensation Support Commission said: “We hear the false holiness of those who have gone before you that these crimes are a disgrace in your history.

For us, they are the source of genocide and the continuation of profound international harm, injustice and racism. We hope you will respect us by not repeating the mantra. We are not idiots.

The platinum jubilee tour, organized to mark the Queen’s 70th anniversary, comes shortly after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were criticized for some elements of their recent Caribbean tour.

But the Wessexes’ reception was very cordial, and a bouquet of flowers was presented by elementary school pupil Ashley Church upon their arrival by plane.

Before standing on a stand observing a guard of honor, Prince Edward the Governor-General greeted Mrs. Susan Duggan, followed by Acting Prime Minister Daniel Montgomery.

Pictured: Sophie Wessex

Pictured: Sophie Wessex

When the royal couple arrived in Argyll, Sophie was quick to greet groups of enthusiastic Scouts and Guides who lined up on the red carpet, all waving the colorful St. Vincent and the Grenadines flag.

Prince Edward visited the Island National Stadium where he met athletes training for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

Prince Edward visited the Island National Stadium where he met athletes training for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

Throughout the day, the couple had separate engagements as part of their one-day trip to the island.

Sophie visited a community college, where she was received by the La Gracia Dance Company.

As part of her goal to advocate for the need for support and equality for the blind and visually impaired, the Countess met with representatives of two organizations: Persons with Disabilities and the Association of the Blind.

She also met with women’s groups to hear their role in the community’s response to last year’s eruption of La Soufriere.

At the same time, Prince Edward visited the Island National Stadium where he received the athletes training for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Note two sprint races in honor of the Platinum Jubilee.

Throughout the day, the couple had separate engagements as part of their one-day trip to the island

Throughout the day, the couple had separate engagements as part of their one-day trip to the island

The couple are set to plant a tree to celebrate the Queen's 70th anniversary as Queen, before they hear about the country's response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The couple are set to plant a tree to celebrate the Queen’s 70th anniversary as Queen, before they hear about the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Despite the warm welcome, today's visit came after another Caribbean country warned the couple to avoid

Despite a warm welcome, today’s visit came after another Caribbean country warned the couple to avoid “false hypocrisy” over slavery.

Prince Edward during a ceremonial reception at Argyle International Airport in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Prince Edward during a ceremonial reception at Argyle International Airport in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Later in the afternoon, after the couple have lunched with the Governor General and Acting Chief Minister of the Islands, they will visit the Botanic Gardens.

The couple are set to plant a tree to celebrate 70 years of the Queen’s reign, before they hear about the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prior to departure, Edward and Sophie will proceed to the Prime Minister’s Residence to meet with the Acting Prime Minister and members of the Cabinet.

The latest comes after the couple’s trip to Grenada was canceled after consultations with the island’s government and governor general.

As part of her goal to uphold the need for support and equality for the blind and the visually impaired, the Countess will meet with representatives of two organizations, Persons with Disabilities, and an association and for the blind.

As part of her goal to uphold the need for support and equality for the blind and the visually impaired, the Countess will meet with representatives of two organizations, Persons with Disabilities, and an association and for the blind.

Prince Edward resents a medal for one of the 100m and 70m sprint winners in honor of his platinum jubilee

Prince Edward resents a medal for one of the 100m and 70m sprint winners in honor of his platinum jubilee

While there is a clear sense of the country, which gained independence from Britain in 1974, and inevitably progresses to becoming a republic one day, it is not a country where the issue is particularly prevalent at the moment.

But sources noted that lengthy discussions with the Grenada government and local officials to ensure that the Wessexes itinerary would meet the tour’s goals – to celebrate the island’s heritage and ongoing successes as well as celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee – raised problems.

As a result of those discussions, Governor-General Cecil La Grenade advised that the trip be postponed.

She was not willing to discuss the details of the problem yesterday but one of her aides said: “All I can say at this point is that it was a joint decision.”

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