Royal Visit to the Caribbean: St Lucia

Day 1:

The Prince of Wales began the Royal Tour to The Caribbean on Sunday 17th March in St Lucia. This visit marks 40 years of St Lucia’s independence.

On arrival, His Royal Highness was greeted at the airport by the country’s Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet and Governor General Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac. The Prince then travelled to the Philip Marcellin Grounds to watch a ceremony and military parade to celebrate the 40th anniversary. The event included a cultural performance by the Helen Folk Dancers, a welcome song performed by local students and a parade including police, the fire service and cadets.

Addressing the assembled crowds, His Royal Highness praised St Lucia’s “abundant talent and creativity” and said, "The Commonwealth has been a cornerstone of my life for as long as I can remember and, through all the unprecedented global challenge of these past seven decades, it seems to me that the Commonwealth remains as vital today as it has ever been."

The Prince also presented the Commonwealth Points of Light Award to  the President of Faces of Cancer St Lucia Dorothy Phillips, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. The Honour recognises inspirational volunteers throughout the Commonwealth.

That evening, His Royal Highnesses attended a reception hosted by the Governor General. Among the 500 guests were Members of Parliament, groups of Commonwealth Awardees and representatives from the Arts and Culture scene in St Lucia.