(CMR) Governor Martyn Roper and Premier Wayne Panton and their wives officially welcomed Their Royal Highnesses, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, to the Cayman Islands today, 20 February.
At the formal airport arrival, HRH, the Earl of Wessex, received a Royal Salute and inspected the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. HRH The Countess of Wessex was presented with a lovely floral arrangement by a representative of the Girl Guides. Their Royal Highnesses were also greeted on arrival by the Chief Justice, Members of Cabinet, Parliamentary Secretaries, the Hon Leader of the Opposition and the Police Commissioner.
“The Cayman Islands and the United Kingdom have a strong and long-lasting connection, and Caymanians have always expressed their affection towards the Royal Family. I am glad that we have the opportunity to celebrate and solidify our close links with the UK and to showcase what our Islands have to offer,” Governor Roper stated.
He further stated that The Earl and Countess have a special connection to Cayman. His Royal Highness is a longstanding Patron of the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) and he will spend time with them in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Earl’s Royal Patronage on Tuesday. He will also spend time with the Cayman Islands Coast Guard and the Regiment, who will have the opportunity to demonstrate their maritime emergency and disaster resilience response. HRH will also see the Cadet Corps to understand how they support Cayman's youth.
The Countess will attend 100 Women in Finance events as one of their Global Ambassadors. She will also formally open the 54th Cayman Islands Agricultural Show on Ash Wednesday, which hasn’t been able to take place since the COVID pandemic. The Countess will also visit a children’s camp at the YMCA.
Their Royal Highnesses will also hand out 2 Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards at Government House during their visit.