Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex receive a warm welcome in Saint Lucia on the first day of the Caribbean tour

Rolling out the red carpet: Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex receive warm welcome in Saint Lucia and exchange gifts with island’s prime minister on their first day of the Caribbean tour – postponing their trip to Grenada due to backlash

  • The Earl and Countess of Wessex had the red carpet rolled out for them on their arrival to the island yesterday
  • A guard of honor welcomed the pair to the island nation as they embarked on a week-long tour of the Caribbean
  • The pair exchanged gifts with Prime Minister Philip Pierre giving them a painting of one of the island’s turtles
  • In return they gave him a Jubilee box when they met at his residence, along with a photo of themsleves
  • It comes after his trip to Grenada was canceled at the 11th hour after the discussion with the Governor General

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Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex received a warm welcome in St. Lucia as it rolled out on the red carpet to delay their Caribbean tour.

Things got off to a smooth start as the Earl and Countess of Wessex exchanged gifts with the Prime Minister of the island yesterday, days after his trip to the Grenada leg was postponed at the 11th hour.

It marks the beginning of their seven-day tour of the Caribbean where they are also scheduled to visit two other nations, Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, pictured here at Hewanorra International Airport, begin their week-long tour of the Caribbean in Saint Lucia on Friday.

The Earl and the Duchess of Wessex exchanged gifts with Prime Minister Philip Pierre.  They are also scheduled to visit two other nations, Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines during their tour

The Earl and the Duchess of Wessex exchanged gifts with Prime Minister Philip Pierre. They are also scheduled to visit two other nations, Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines during their tour

The couple were greeted by Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Philip Pierre, at a reception at his residence on the island this evening.

The couple were greeted by Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Philip Pierre, at a reception at his residence on the island this evening.

The Platinum Jubilee tour was organized to mark the Queen’s 70-year reign, and shortly thereafter the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were criticized for some elements of their recent Caribbean tour, deemed to hark back to colonial days.

Sophie and Edward presented Prime Minister Philip Pierre with a photograph of themselves and a Jubilee box as a ‘token of appreciation’ when they met him at his residence on Friday evening.

In return, Saint Lucia’s PM gave the pair a painting of one of the island’s turtles rolled up in a long black tube, and before discovering what gift was inside the tube, Edward joked: ‘It’s not a fishing rod.’

The couple then signed the guest book to complete their first day of engagements.

They exchanged gifts with Mr Pierre giving the Earl and Countess of Wessex a watercolor painting of one of the islands turtles

They exchanged gifts with Mr Pierre giving the Earl and Countess of Wessex a watercolor painting of one of the islands turtles

In exchange the couple gave him a signed photograph of himself. The tour forms part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Before meeting Mr Pierre, Sophie and Edward visited the acting governor general Cyril Errol Melchiades Charles.

The week-long tour will see Sophie and Edward ‘meet communities, local entrepreneurs and craftspeople, and young people’ as well as athletes training for the Commonwealth Games.

The couple’s trip to Grenada was canceled after consultations with the island’s government and the Governor General.

While there is a definite sense of the country, which secured independence from Britain in 1974, inevitably progressing to become a republic one day, it is not a nation where the issue is particularly prevalent at the moment.

Prince Edward was given a guard of honor upon his arrival at the airport on Friday.  The couple had been forced to delay the start of their trip after their stop off in Grenada was postponed at the last minute

Prince Edward was given a guard of honor upon his arrival at the airport on Friday. The couple had been forced to delay the start of their trip after their stop off in Grenada was postponed at the last minute

The Wessexes' went to host a reception hosted by Mr Pierre on their first day of tour.  The week-long tour will see Sophie and Edward 'meet communities, local entrepreneurs and craftspeople, and young people' as well as athletes training for the Commonwealth Games.

The Wessexes’ went to host a reception hosted by Mr Pierre on their first day of tour. The week-long tour will see Sophie and Edward ‘meet communities, local entrepreneurs and craftspeople, and young people’ as well as athletes training for the Commonwealth Games.

But sources have indicated that lengthy discussions with the Grenadian government and local officials to ensure the Wessexes’ itinerary would meet with the tour – to celebrate the island’s heritage and ongoing successes as well as marking The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – had thrown up problems.

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

She was unwilling to discuss the specifics of the problem yesterday but an aide said: ‘All I can say at this stage is that it was a mutual decision.’

Prince Edward pictured here receiving a black tube that had watercolor painting inside the turtles.  Edward joked: 'It's not a fishing rod'

Prince Edward pictured here receiving a black tube that had watercolor painting inside the turtles. Edward joked: ‘It’s not a fishing rod’

As well as a picture of himself, the Wessexes' gave Mr Pierre a Jubilee box as a 'token of appreciation' for the warm welcome he had received.

As well as a picture of himself, the Wessexes’ gave Mr Pierre a Jubilee box as a ‘token of appreciation’ for the warm welcome he had received.

The trips to the Caribbean islands will see a charm offensive on the senior royals following a bid to shore up support for the monarchy in the region.

However, it will be an uphill battle with Antigua presenting an open letter during reparations on the visit.

The chairman of the Antigua and Barbuda Reparations Support Commission, Dorbrene O’Marde, has told a local radio station: ‘Essentially, it supports the positions taken by other … people as far as reparation of the issue is concerned and the absence of inability. An apology from the Crown both as a family and as an institution for their role in the enslavement of African people in the slave trade and in the slavery of African people. ‘

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