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His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward unveils the plaque commemorating the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Looking on is National Hero the Right Excellent Sir Garfield Sobers and Prime Minister The Honourable Freundel Stuart.


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2/25/2012 Kensington Oval

THERE was a hive of activity at Kensington Oval yesterday morning when the Earl and Countess of Wessex paid a visit to the pre-eminent sporting facility, to unveil a plaque in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The short ceremony was held on the outskirts of the Oval, close to the statue of this country¡¯s only living National Hero, the Right Excellent Sir Garfield Sobers, and witnessed by well over 300 guests, which included Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, Sir Garfield Sobers, several Cabinet Ministers and officials of Government, members of the diplomatic corps as well as students from several primary and secondary schools across the island.

Following the unveiling of the plaque, The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex were treated to cultural presentations. These included a dramatic piece performed by Rickardo Reid of the Alexandra School and Marc-Ari Weekes of Harrison College entitled ¡®Cricket at the Garrison¡¯ ¨C a tribute to Sir Garfield who was knighted in 1975 by Queen Elizabeth II at the Garrison Savannah; and a musical rendition by the 100-member strong St. Leonard¡¯s Boys¡¯ School Choir, which gave a sterling performed of a piece called ¡®Miss Mattie¡¯.

Before leaving for lunch at Ilaro Court with Prime Minister Stuart, the Royal Couple took the opportunity to interact with the performers as well as the students who were attendance. Among those present were students from the Westbury Primary, Wesley Hall Primary, St. Leonard¡¯s Boys School and The St. Michael School.

The visit to Kensington Oval was among four stops the Royal Couple made yesterday, which included visits to The Albert Cecil Graham Development Centre, Government House for presentations to the recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh¡¯s Award Scheme, the Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum and Prince Cave Hall, which is located at the District ¡®A¡¯ Police Station.

The Royal Highnesses were expected to depart Barbados last night to continue their tour of the Caribbean. They will also be visiting Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Anguilla and Antigua.

The Royal Couple are among several members of the Royal Family who will be visiting Commonwealth countries, Crown dependencies and British overseas territories in commemoration of The Queen¡¯s milestone. Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne on February 6, 1952 and her coronation took place on June 2, 1953. She is the second British monarch to celebrate this milestone of 60 years on the throne. The first was Queen Victoria in 1897. (JRT)

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