The Earl and Countess of Wessex to visit Barbados in 2012: Queen's Diamond Jubilee Tour
The Queen throughout the Diamond Jubilee year, visiting every Realm with the exception of Dominica
By: Jeff Gill - Saturday, Dec 24, 2011 - 12:24:36 PM
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Members of the Royal Family will
travel to Barbados, and other Commonwealth countries, Crown Dependencies and
British Overseas Territories, visiting every Realm, representing The Queen
throughout the Diamond Jubilee year.
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, will be visiting Barbados. He is the third son of Elizabeth II and The Duke
of Edinburgh. The Earl of Wessex, last visited Barbados in March to support of
the Duke of Edinburgh's Award International Association, Gold Award Ceremony and
other fund-raising events.
Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of
Edinburgh, will be visiting England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland,
supported by other members of the Royal Family, will mark The Queen's Diamond
Jubilee with a series of regional visits and engagements throughout the United
Kingdom during 2012.
To mark 60 years of The Queen's reign the Diamond Jubilee will take place in
2012. The celebrations will centre around an extended weekend in 2012 on 2nd
- 5th June.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex will specifically visit Antigua and Barbuda,
Barbados, Gibraltar, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St.
Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Queen Elizabeth will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee next year with extensive
Royal tours across the globe, but Dominica will not be visited by any member of
the Royal Family. At this time there has been no press release as to why
Dominica has been excluded, Trinidad and Tobago has been included which also
doesn't have the Queen as its head of state.
Unlike other former British colonies in the region, Dominica was never a
Commonwealth realm, instead becoming a republic on independence. Dominica is a
full and participating member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the
Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). A Commonwealth realm is a
sovereign state within the Commonwealth of Nations that has Elizabeth II as its
monarch and head of state.(wikipedia)