Earl and Countess of Wessex to Visit on March 2

Photo: Contributed The Earl and Countess of Wessex.

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  • Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and the Countess of Wessex will arrive in the island on Sunday, March 2, for a four-day Working Visit.
  • Their Royal Highnesses will participate in activities related to the Duke of Edinburgh Award in Jamaica.
  • The Earl will meet with the Board of Directors of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International, Jamaica.

Prince Edward, the Earl and the Countess of Wessex will arrive in the island on Sunday, March 2, for a four-day Working Visit.

Their Royal Highnesses will participate in activities related to the Duke of Edinburgh Award in Jamaica.

As the Trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Foundation and Chair of the International Council, the Earl will meet with the Board of Directors of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International, Jamaica. The Board is chaired by Professor Derrick McKoy, of the University of the West Indies, Mona.

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people, bringing together practical experiences and life skills to create committed global citizens and equipping young people.  It is awarded to young people between the ages of 12 and 24, who learn to work as a team. They are also required to complete activities in four areas for a specified period, including an adventurous expedition, skills and physical recreation.

The Award was founded in 1956 by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh, and now operates in 144 countries, including Jamaica. Since its inception, over seven million persons around the world have participated in the Award.

Some of the other activities that their Royal Highnesses will participate in during the visit include a courtesy call on the Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who is also  Patron of the Award in Jamaica; tours of the UWI Sports Medicine Facility, the University of Technology (UTech), the Bustamante Hospital for Children and the Bustamante Museum.

They will also visit the Jamaica Defence Force Headquarters, Genesis Academy,  Holy Family Primary and Infant Schools and the Portmore HEART Academy. Their Royal Highnesses will depart the island on March 5.

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