The royal family has launched a schedule of foreign tours for the Platinum Jubilee with Prince Edward and Princess Anne, who have starred in the future of the weakened monarchy.
In the spring of this year we will see The Earl and Countess of Wessex will visit Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, while Princess Anne will visit Papua New Guinea.
Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit the Republic of Ireland while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel to Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas. .
William, 39, and Kate, 40, will travel to the Bahamas, Jamaica and Belize. In the picture of the Solomon Islands in 2012
This is one of the first signs of the monarchy with the new vision, as Prince Andrew and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had previously made similar trips abroad.
The queen, who no longer flies, was not expected to travel, but it is rare for Wessex to tour together, which could otherwise be passed on to Harry and Megan.
It has long been thought that Prince Charles will “weaken” the monarchy when he becomes king of up to eight key members.
Travels to the Caribbean will see high-ranking officials in a charming offensive, followed by an attempt to strengthen support for the monarchy in the region.
In November, Prince Charles visited Barbados for a ceremony to mark his historic decision to remove the queen as head of state.
Full platinum anniversary tour
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit the Republic of Ireland from Wednesday 23rd to Friday 25th March 2022.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas from 19 to 26 March 2022.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex will visit Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines from Friday, April 22 to Monday, April 28, 2022.
The Royal Princess will visit Papua New Guinea from Monday, April 11 to Wednesday, April 13, 2022.
Other countries of the British Commonwealth in the region, including Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Dominica, already have their own heads of state.
Last year, Belize’s Prime Minister John Brisseno did not rule out his nation following his example, saying: “We need to find what works best for Belize.”
The last high-ranking royal visit to Belize – as well as to the Bahamas and Jamaica – was made by Prince Harry in 2012 to mark the Queen’s diamond anniversary.
William and Kate will begin their royal tour of Belize, where Their Royal Highnesses will visit historic Mayan sites and celebrate the rich culture of the Garifuna community, as well as explore the country’s biodiversity.
The Duke and Duchess will then travel to Jamaica, where their visit will include participating in the Jamaican Defense Forces and celebrating the founding legacy of Bob Marley and other groundbreaking Jamaican musicians, along with some of tomorrow’s stars.
William and Kate’s visit will end in the Bahamas, where they will spend time with communities on a number of islands and experience the world-famous Juncanu Parade.
Covid-19’s response will also be included in the Duke’s and Duchess’s program.
Their Royal Highnesses want to know more about the impact of the pandemic in the Caribbean and how communities have come together to meet the challenges they face.
During their visit, the Duke and Duchess will take the opportunity to celebrate the platinum anniversary of Her Majesty.
Their program will also touch on a range of topics that are close to the hearts of Their Royal Highnesses and a key focus in their work with the Royal Foundation, including the Earthshot Award, mental health and the importance of early childhood for lifelong learning.
In the spring of this year, the Earl and Countess of Wessex will visit Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on a rare overseas tour for the Queen’s youngest son
Princess Anne to visit Papua New Guinea – previously visited by Queen Anne and Prince Philip
As on previous visits abroad, the Duke and Duchess requested that this tour allow them to meet as many local people as possible.
During their stay in the Caribbean, Their Royal Highnesses will meet with a wide variety of groups, including children, young people and families, front-line workers, service staff, government, business and philanthropic leaders, as well as inspiring conservationists. and the workforce of the early years.
Their Royal Highnesses said in a statement that they look forward to the visit, which will be their first joint official overseas tour since the start of Covid-19 in 2020.
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit the Republic of Ireland,
Prince Harry visited Jamaica, Belize and the Bahamas in 2012 as part of the Queen’s Diamond Journey tour, while Jamaica was also visited by The Princess Royal in 2015.
The announcement comes as the Queen has been forced to postpone two more virtual audiences as she continues to suffer from the effects of the coronavirus at Windsor Castle and growing concerns about the 95-year-old monarch’s health.
The head of state, who tested positive on Sunday, also canceled his virtual engagements on Tuesday because he was not feeling well enough – but held a telephone meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday.
Today she had to hold two virtual audiences, but they are no longer held. Fears about the nation’s longest-ruling sovereign have grown amid its age, weaker appearance and recent hospital stay.
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said at around 10.40 this morning: “The two virtual audiences that were previously scheduled for today will now be rescheduled for a later date. Her Majesty continues with light duties. No other commitments are scheduled for this week.
Her “light duties” include work from her red boxes, sent to her every day and containing political documents, telegrams from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, letters and other government documents that need to be read, and sometimes approved and signed.