SAINT LUCIA’S yearlong celebrations of its 40th anniversary of Independence will be heightened with an offcial visit by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
This will be the first country the royal couple will visit on their tour of the Caribbean. Their Royal Highnesses will visit the Island on 17th March, where they will be guests of honour at an event to mark the country’s 40th anniversary of Independence.
Their Royal Highnesses will be welcomed by Governor General of Saint Lucia, His Excellency Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac and Prime Minister, the Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet. The Prince of Wales will later attend a reception for guests from across the island.
This is the second time the Prince of Wales will be celebrating Saint Lucia’s Independence with Nationals, but it will be his third visit here. He visited in 1989 to commemorate the island’s tenth anniversary. The Duchess of Cornwall is also marking her second visit to the Commonwealth Nation. In March 2008, their Highnesses were greeted by thousands of Saint Lucians who lined the streets in the Town of Soufriere, on the West Coast of the Island.
The Royal visit to Saint Lucia forms part of a Caribbean tour in celebration of the Monarchy’s relationship with these Commonwealth Realms. Their Royal Highnesses will visit six countries and one Overseas Territory, undertaking over ﬁfty engagements across ten islands.
The tour begins in Saint Lucia followed by visits to Barbados, St Vincent and The Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis and Grenada. Furthermore, at the request of the British Government, Their Royal Highnesses will also visit Cuba to highlight the growing bilateral relationship with the U.K. and showcase some of the cultural links between the two countries. This will be the ﬁrst offcial visit by a member of The Royal Family to Cuba.
Their Royal Highnesses will also visit the British Overseas Territory of The Cayman Islands to celebrate its place within the British family.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be in the Caribbean from 17 March to 29 March 2019.