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His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, interacted with the Royal Barbados Police Force Band, after a rousing musical presentation at Prince Cave Hall.


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British Royalty entertained at Prince Cave Hall


By Regina Selman Moore

THE Earl and Countess of Wessex briefly toured Prince Cave Hall yesterday afternoon, home to the Royal Barbados Police Force Band, located at District ¡°A¡± Police Station, Station Hill, St. Michael.

On arrival at Prince Cave Hall, His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and his wife Princess Sophie, Countess of Wessex, met with Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite; Police Commissioner, Darwin Dottin; Co-ordinator for the official royal visit, Dr. Esther Byer-Suckoo, who is also Minister of Labour; and Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Attorney General, Diane Campbell.

After greeting the welcome party outdoors, the Royal Couple then entered the building for a short rousing musical presentation by the Royal Barbados Police Force Band. The Band, led by musical director Senior Superintendent Dr. Christopher Atherley, delivered to the audience also comprising students and teachers, a lively, vigorous and entertaining piece by German-Swiss composer, conductor and musician, Carl Bert Ulrich Friedemann, entitled ¡°Slavonic Rhapsody No.2, Op.269¡±.

Primary school students from Lawrence T. Gay, Hindsbury, St. Cyprian¡¯s Boys, as well as secondary school students from Combermere and a cadet corps also enjoyed the musical presentation. The Earl and Countess of Wessex paid rapt attention to the Police Force Band, with the Countess openly showing her enjoyment by way of a nod of the head. The Earl of Wessex would later take the opportunity to interact with band members after the presentation, which drew rapt applause.

The students, accompanied by their teachers, later took to the sidewalk leading to Prince Cave Hall¡¯s entrance to wave a hearty goodbye to the British Royal Couple. Hannah Howard, Assistant Press Secretary to The Queen, indicated that the dress worn by Princess Sophie for this occasion was created by London-based designer, Emilia Wickstead.

The visit to Prince Cave Hall yesterday by Prince Edward and Princess Sophie, Earl and Countess of Wessex, formed part of the final activities of the official two-day visit by the Royal Couple, as representatives of Her Majesty, The Queen, as part of Her Majesty¡¯s 60th anniversary celebrations of her accession to the Throne.

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