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Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex’s 2022 Royal Caribbean Tour in Photos

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Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex have just completed a week-long tour of the Caribbean to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee. They visited four Commonwealth realms – nations with Queen Elizabeth as monarch and head of state – and their trip came in the wake of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s controversial tour of the region.

During Cambridges visit there were calls for reparations, anti-monarchy protests and news that Jamaica is set to forge a new republic and depose the Queen as head of state . Prior to the Wessex tour, the Palace announced that they would cancel a leg of the tour in Grenada, and during the tour they also faced protests.

“In consultation with the Government of Grenada and on the advice of the Governor-General, the visit of the Earl and Countess of Wessex to Grenada has been postponed,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “The Earl and Countess hope to visit us at a later date.” According to People“the country did not feel the short visit was worth its resources and taxpayers’ money.”

The Queen’s youngest son and his wife continued their planned visit to Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbuda. Scroll for all the best photos from their royal tour.

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Sophie, the Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward arrive in Saint Lucia to kick off their royal tour.

The Wessexes met Philip Pierre, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, at the Prime Minister’s Residence in Castries, Saint Lucia.

The Wessexes kicked off day two by landing at Argyle International Airport in Argyle, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Sophie fully embraced the tropical style with her long floral dress and summer wedges.

Edward presented trophies to the winners of the 100m races and a 70m sprint in honor of the Platinum Jubilee at the Sir Vincent Beach National Stadium.

They visited the Kingstown Botanical Gardens, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Edward sported a hat.

Sophie was also spotted wearing the Maya Torque bracelet from British jewelry brand Halcyon days. Kate Middleton once wore the same bracelet.

The royal couple planted a tree at the Botanical Garden to mark Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.

Sophie was holding a parrot! As Victoria Murphy wrote in City & Country in 2020, “Sophie’s low-key approach to tasks predates her willingness to hop on video calls; she’s been known to surprise her hosts by driving herself to and from engagements, waving goodbye to the driving his own car.”

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The Countess of Wessex was all smiles as the bird perched on her hand. Animals always provide great photo opportunities on royal visits.

Edward also held the parrot. The parrot is St. Vincent’s national bird, the Amazona guildingii, also known as the “St. Vincent’s Amazon” or “St. Vincent’s Parrot”.

They were happy to meet a recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award at Government House.

The two started their day with a visit to Morne Fortune. According to the Saint Lucia National Trust, “Morne Fortuné means ‘hill of good luck‘ which is far from true, since this region was on many occasions the bloody battlefield between French and English. It was later renamed Fort Charlotte 1794 by the father of Britain’s Queen Victoria after a battle victory.”

Sophie wore a polka dot dress and repeated her jewelry from day two of the royal tour.

Their last appearance of the third day was a Sunday service at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in the capital of Saint Lucia.

Prince Edward and Sophie landed in St John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, on the fourth day of their royal tour.

The couple met Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, at his office.

There, Browne told the Wessexes that his country planned “one day to become a republic”. He also urged the couple to use their diplomatic influence to advocate for reparations for Antigua and Barbuda.

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Sophie played drums at a meeting with local artisans, creatives and community groups in the garden of Government House.

During a visit to the National Sailing Academy in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, Prince Edward’s hat returned.

Sophie seemed genuinely thrilled to meet local children who participate in The Sail-Ability program. The Sail-Ability program offers children with disabilities the opportunity to participate in activities on the water.

On the fifth day, the Wessexes attended a Duke of Edinburgh awards ceremony at the Prime Minister’s residence in St Lucia. The awards were founded by Prince Philip in 1956 to reward teenagers and young adults for completing a series of self-improvement exercises.

Another shot of the royal couple. Sophie kept her touring wardrobe of flowers and wedge sandals.

Prince Edward and Sophie depart by boat from Ganters Bay Pier in Castries, Saint Lucia.

Upon arrival in Soufriere, St. Lucia, they posed with St. Lucian politician Emma Hippolyte (centre, behind Sophie) and her family, accompanied by a gigantic floral bouquet.

Sophie seemed comfortable with the crowd of well-wishers.

Andrew, too, smiles at the crowd. (Without his hat!)

The royal family appeared to be deep in discussion over the cocoa blend during a visit to Fond Doux Cocoa Plantation.

Prince Edward wore a cocoa.

The royal couple then visited the sulfur springs in Soufriere, Saint Lucia, to hear about the history and evolution of the volcano and the establishment of the surrounding caldera.

Sophie was extremely involved.

The Wessexes admired the view.

The Earl of Wessex left Soufrière on a boat.

A romantic photo as the two travel by boat on day six of their Platinum Jubilee Royal Tour.

The Royals continued to the Soufriere mini stadium in Saint Lucia, where they watched a show celebrating the young people of Saint Lucia. Sophie remained in her trusty white holds.

In the evening, they attended an event at Government House in Morne Fortune in Saint Lucia. Here, the Countess of Wessex spoke with Anysia Charles, the wife of the Governor General of Saint Lucia.

On their last day in the Caribbean, Sophie and Edward met with staff and students from several schools in Saint Lucia.

They listened to the students.

Sophie looked majestic in a long white dress and gold wedges.

Sophie left a message on a biodiversity gear sign at the Pigeon Island National Landmark, writing, “love the worms and save our bugs!”

The Countess also planted a tree.

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