Royal Visit: 5 Important things that happened today

By Admin. Updated 9:35 p.m., Saturday, April 23, 2022, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

From Left: Governor General Dame Susan Dougan and her escort, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex – Prince and Princess Edward at Government House. Photo: Richardeen Williams

Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Edward visited Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Saturday as part of celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign.

Several important things happened during their visit marking The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II, but here are five of them.

1. The Platinum Jubilee Races: two 70-meter races were held at the Sir. Vincent Beache National Stadium to commemorate the British Monarch’s 70th year reign.

Several of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ male and female athletes participated in the races and received awards.

Prince Edward taking a photo with winners of the Diamond Jubilee male race.

2. An international award:

10 Girl Guides received Gold Standard in the Duke of Edinburg International Awards. Photo: SVG Girl Guides Association

Several young people people engaged in service received the Gold Standard in an internationally acclaimed youth award – The Duke of Edinburg International Award.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, equipping young people for life. The Award is available for all young people aged 14 to 24, regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests, the award’s website states.

3. Recognition of the work of people with disabilities

The Countess of Wessex examines some products put on showcase by persons with disabilities. Photo: Richardeen Williams

The UK Government is funding a 4-year program called Skills for Youth Employment (SkYE) in the Caribbean.

According to the UK Government, the UKaid funded programme seeks to improve the occupational skills and employability of 6,000 disadvantaged young people, including those challenged by disability by providing certified skills training for young people in St. Vincent, Dominica, St. Lucia and Grenada.

4. A private meeting with women entrepreneurs

Photo: Richardeen Williams

The Countess of Wessex met with women entrepreneurs at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College.

Though the media was not allowed to record the contents of this meeting, some of the entrepreneurs shared their experiences. We will highlight some of them in a subsequent article.

5. Protests for reparations

Some members of the public gathered in areas were the Royals were scheduled to be and they made renewed calls for reparations.

This video report has the details.

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