Prince Edward arrives in Antigua

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, October 30, 2006 – The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, is set to be in Antigua today, as the country continues to celebrate its 25th anniversary of independence from Britain.

The Prince is slated to read a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the dedication of Antigua’s new parliament building on Queen Elizabeth Highway on Monday. He will also join Governor General Sir James Carlisle in taking the salute and inspecting a Guard-of-Honor of the Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force and the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda.

Tomorrow, Prince Edward, accompanied by Governor General Sir James Carlisle, Lady Carlisle and British High Commissioner Taylor; will visit the Sunshine Home for Girls and the Boys Training School and later in the day will be the guest of honor aboard the HMS Iron Duke where he will present Duke of Edinburgh Awards to a number of Antigua and Barbuda nationals.

On Wednesday, The Earl of Wessex is slated to attend the Independence Day Parade at the Antigua Recreation Ground followed by a reception at Camp Blizard and will later during that day attend the annual Independence Food Fair on Independence Avenue. In the evening he will attend the Independence Banquet at the Grand Royal Antigua Resort.

The Prince’s itinerary also includes a visit to the sister island of Barbuda where he will meet with members of the Barbuda Council, visit the Bird Sanctuary and meet school children on board the RFA Wave Ruler which will be docked in Barbuda.

The Prince departs Antigua on Thursday.

Also set to speak tomorrow is Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, who will address the joint sitting of the Lower and Upper Houses of Parliament during the function. PM Simpson Miller will also today appoint Attorney-at-Law, Septimus Rhudd, as Jamaica’s new Honorary Consul in Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua officially marks its independence on Nov. 1. (