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The Countess of Wessex continues her jubilee tour of the Caribbean with Prince Edward

Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex greeted delighted onlookers in St Vincent and the Grenadines today as they arrived at the second destination of their seven-day Caribbean tour.

The red carpet was once again rolled out as the Earl and Countess of Wessex arrived at Argyle International Airport on Saturday, as steel drums playing One Love by Bob Marley welcomed them to the island.

However, not everyone seems too impressed with their arrival, as Sophie was forced to walk away from an Amazona guilingii – the island’s national bird – during a visit to the botanical gardens.

Upon entering the aviary, the Countess was unaware that a bird was resting on the cage above her.

Before she was followed into the compound by her husband, the Earl of Wessex, he slammed down just above her head, forcing her to duck immediately. His sunglasses fell on his face at the sound of laughter from those present.

Sophie eventually got used to the bird, however, and by the end of her tour she was feeding them from the palm of her hand.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is the second destination on their week-long Caribbean tour. The royal couple traveled to St Lucia on Friday – days after the Granada leg of their trip was postponed until the 11th hour.

The Countess of Wessex opted for a light floral dress for the visit, which she paired with heeled sandals and a brightly colored suede bag. Sophie wore two gold bracelets and kept her hair tied in an elegant bun.

As the royal couple arrived in Argyle, Sophie was quick to wave to groups of excited Boy Scouts and Girl Guides who lined either side of the red carpet, all waving the colorful flag of St. Vincent and the Grenadines .

But despite the warm welcome, Saturday’s visit came after another Caribbean country warned the couple to avoid ‘false moralism” on slavery.

Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex greeted delighted onlookers in St Vincent and the Grenadines today as they reached the second destination of their seven-day Caribbean tour

The moment the Amazona guildingii bird nearly knocks sunglasses off Sophie's head during Wessex's visit to an aviary

The moment the Amazona guildingii bird nearly knocks sunglasses off Sophie’s head during Wessex’s visit to an aviary

The red carpet was once again rolled out as the Earl and Countess of Wessex arrived at Argyle International Airport on Saturday, as steel drums playing One Love by Bob Marley welcomed them to the island.

The red carpet was once again rolled out as the Earl and Countess of Wessex arrived at Argyle International Airport on Saturday, as steel drums playing One Love by Bob Marley welcomed them to the island.

Pictured: Sophie Wessex

Pictured: Prince Edward

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is the second destination on their week-long Caribbean tour. The royal couple traveled to St Lucia on Friday – days after the Granada leg of their trip was postponed until the 11th hour

The reception for the royal couple was extremely friendly and they were presented with a bouquet of flowers by primary school pupil Ashley Church (above) when they arrived by plane

The reception for the royal couple was extremely friendly and they were presented with a bouquet of flowers by primary school pupil Ashley Church (above) when they arrived by plane

In an open letter to the couple, the Antigua and Barbuda Reparations Support Commission said: “We hear the false moralization from those 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 silly.

The platinum jubilee tour was staged to mark 70 years of the Queen’s reign, and it comes shortly after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge came under fire for elements of their recent Caribbean tour.

But the reception for the Wessex was overwhelmingly friendly, and an Ashley Church primary student presented them with a bouquet of flowers when they arrived by plane.

Before standing on a platform to watch an honor guard, Prince Edward was greeted by Governor General Dame Susan Dougan, followed by Acting Prime Minister Montgomery Daniel.

Pictured: Sophie Wessex

Pictured: Sophie Wessex

When the royal couple arrived in Argyle, Sophie was quick to wave to groups of excited Boy Scouts and Girl Guides who lined the red carpet, all waving the colorful flag of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Prince Edward visited the island's National Stadium where he met athletes training for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

Prince Edward visited the island’s National Stadium where he met athletes training for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

Throughout the day, the couple carried out separate engagements as part of their day trip to the island.

Sophie visited a community college, where she was hosted by the La Gracia dance company.

As part of her goal to champion the need for support and equality for blind and visually impaired people, the Countess met with representatives of two organizations: People with Disabilities and the Blind and Blind Society.

She also met with women’s groups to learn more about their role in the community’s response to last year’s eruption of La Soufrière volcano.

At the same time, Prince Edward visited the island’s National Stadium where he greeted athletes training for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. He observed two sprint races held in honor of the Platinum Jubilee.

Throughout the day, the couple carried out separate engagements as part of their day trip to the island

Throughout the day, the couple carried out separate engagements as part of their day trip to the island

The couple are due to plant a tree to mark the Queen's 70 years as monarch, before hearing about the country's response to the Covid-19 pandemic

The couple are due to plant a tree to mark the Queen’s 70 years as monarch, before hearing about the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic

Despite the warm welcome, today's visit came after another Caribbean country warned the couple to avoid 'false morality' about slavery

Despite the warm welcome, today’s visit came after another Caribbean country warned the couple to avoid ‘false morality’ about slavery

Prince Edward during the welcome ceremony at Argyle International Airport in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Prince Edward during the welcome ceremony at Argyle International Airport in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Later this afternoon, 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.

The latest comes after the couple’s trip to Grenada was canceled following consultations with the government and the island’s governor-general.

As part of her goal to champion the need for support and equality for blind and visually impaired people, the Countess will meet with representatives from two organizations, Persons With Disabilities and Society Of And For The Blind.

As part of her goal to champion the need for support and equality for blind and visually impaired people, the Countess will meet with representatives from two organizations, Persons With Disabilities and Society Of And For The Blind.

Prince Edward resents one of the winners of the 100m races and a 70m sprint in honor of the platinum jubilee

Prince Edward resents one of the winners of the 100m races and a 70m sprint in honor of the platinum jubilee

While there’s a definite sense to the country, which gained independence from Britain in 1974, inevitably progressing to become a republic one day, it’s not a nation where the question is particularly prevalent at the moment. .

But sources said extensive discussions with the Grenadian government and local authorities to ensure the Wessex itinerary would meet the aims of the tour – celebrating the island’s heritage and ongoing successes as well as marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – had raised issues.

Following these discussions, Governor General Cécile La Grenade advised that the trip should be postponed.

She was unwilling to discuss the details of the issue yesterday, but an aide said: ‘All I can say at this point is that it was a mutual decision.