The Earl and Countess of Wessex received the royal treatment as they received their second red carpet and tour honor guard after landing in St Vincent and the Grenadines, as Boy Scouts, Girl Guides and cadets waved the national flag. Steel drums playing One Love by Bob Marley were the backdrop to the couple’s official welcome to the island.
Sophie dazzled in a floral flock while Edward looked dapper in a gray double-breasted suit.
But the couple had received a warning from another Caribbean country to avoid “false moralizations” about slavery.
In an open letter to the couple, the Antigua and Barbuda Reparations Support Commission said: “We hear the false moralization from those who have come before you that these crimes are a ‘stain on your history’.
“For us, they are the source of genocide and deep and persistent international hurt, injustice and racism.
“We hope you will respect us by not repeating the mantra.
“We are not fools.”
Despite the warning, the couple’s welcome was friendly and they were presented with a bouquet of flowers by primary school student Ashley Church.
Before standing on a platform to watch a guard of honor, Edward was greeted by Governor General Dame Susan Dougan, followed by Acting Prime Minister Montgomery Daniel.
The couple are set to carry out separate engagements for part of their one-day trip to the island.
Sophie has to visit a community college, where she will be hosted by the La Gracia dance company.
As part of her goal to advocate for the need for support and equality for blind and visually impaired people, the Countess will meet with representatives of two organisations, People with Disabilities and the Blind and Blind Society.
She will also meet with women’s groups to hear about their role in the community’s response to last year’s eruption of La Soufrière volcano.
At the same time, Edward is due to visit the island’s National Stadium where he will meet athletes training for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
He will observe two sprint races which will be held in honor of the platinum jubilee.
The earl will also watch the end of a women’s T10 cricket match and meet some of the country’s netball and tennis teams.
After the couple have lunch with the Governor General and Acting Prime Minister of the Islands, they will visit the Botanical Gardens.
The couple are due to plant a tree to mark the Queen’s 70 years as monarch, before they hear about the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Before leaving, Edward and Sophie will go to the prime minister’s residence for a meeting with the acting prime minister and members of the cabinet.
Sophie and Edward began their seven-day Caribbean tour on Friday where they are also due to visit two other nations, Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, after the Grenada leg was postponed by 11 hours. of their trip.
The platinum jubilee tour has been staged to mark 70 years of the Queen’s reign, and it comes shortly after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were criticized for elements of their recent Caribbean tour, notorious date back to colonial times.
A young Sophie was a Brownie herself and became chairwoman of Girlguiding UK in 2003. The Countess took over after Princess Margaret died in February 2002.