The Prince of Wales Arrives in Barbados

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The Prince of Wales meeting Aidan Taylor in Heroes Square, Bridgetown, Barbados after for an official arrival ceremony, as he continues his tour of the Caribbean, 2019

THE PRINCE OF WALES VISITS BARBADOS TO MARK BARBADOS’S TRANSITION TO A REPUBLIC WITHIN THE COMMONWEALTH 

Barbados

Sunday, 28th November

ENGAGEMENT 1

The Prince of Wales will arrive at Grantley Adams International Airport 

The Prince of Wales will be greeted by Resa Layne, Chief of Protocol, and His Excellency Scott Furssedonn-Wood, British High Commissioner to Barbados. There will be a Guard of Honour on the tarmac and anthems will be played, followed by a twenty-one gun salute. 

Monday, 29th November

ENGAGEMENT 2

The Prince of Wales will attend the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony at Heroes Square 

A cultural celebration of Barbados, under the theme of ‘Pride of Nationhood’, will have begun at 2000hrs, using video footage, music and dance to present Barbados’s history. 

The Prince of Wales will be met by a mounted Guard of Honour on arrival, and will proceed to the dais where he will be received by Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados. There will be a march past, a final salute to the Monarchy, and a short video on Barbados’s history will be played. Her Majesty The Queen’s Standard will then be lowered. 

At 0000hrs, Dame Sandra Mason will be officially sworn in by the Chief Justice, Sir Patterson Cheltenham, as the first President of Barbados, and the Presidential Standard will be raised. The Prime Minister, Mia Mottley, and Attorney General, Dale Marshall QC, will take the Oath to Barbados. The President will then present the New Colours, followed by a twenty-one gun salute. 

His Royal Highness will give a speech, following which he will be presented with the Order of Freedom of Barbados by the President. The President will give an address, and there will then be a cultural display, a salute to the nation, and fireworks. 

Mia Mottley is leader of the Barbados Labour Party and has been Prime Minister of Barbados since 2018. She holds a law degree from LSE. The Prince of Wales most recently met Prime Minister Mottley earlier this year at COP26 in Glasgow. 

Heroes Square is a regular site for commemorations and celebrations. The Prince of Wales observed a parade in the Square during his visit to Barbados in 2019. 

The Order of Freedom of Barbados is Barbados’s highest-ranking honour. It was established in 2019, with the then Governor-General – now President – serving as Chancellor. To date, it has been awarded to three people: Professor Violet Eudine Barriteau, Dr. Anthony Nicholas Carter, and Patrick Douglas Frost. 

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