The Duke of Cornwall visits Saint Lucia

Prince Charles first set foot in Saint Lucia in 1989 during celebrations to mark the island’s tenth anniversary of Independence. In 2008 he returned with his wife, Camilla, and during the visit they toured the eco-friendly Fond Doux Plantation & Resort (see page 36). This year, on 17th March, the Prince made his third trip here, to Vieux Fort in the south, firstly for a parade and then a reception at Coconut Bay Resort. Although it was a Sunday, uniformed schoolchildren from across the island filled the Philip Marcellin Grounds, along with members of the public and government dignitaries. The visit, part of a Caribbean tour, coincided with celebrations to mark our island’s fortieth anniversary of Independence.

During his address, the heir apparent to the British throne expressed his delight at being here. He referenced the Commonwealth, which is 70 years old in 2019, our Independence celebrations and achievements by Saint Lucians. On a sombre note, His Royal Highness spoke of climate change, saying it “poses nothing short of an existential threat to this island, as it does to every part of this region”.

The Duke of Cornwall’s closing remarks: “For my part, I can only pray that Saint Lucia and her people continue to thrive and to flourish, and that prosperity, security and wellbeing might be the inheritance of many generations of Saint Lucians to come. Thank you Ladies and Gentlemen and Happy Independence Day!”


Andrew Grainger and Annette Eicker came from Austin, Texas, USA to spend a week in Saint Lucia on a well-earned break. Once on-island, they happened to mention that they are professional musicians and teachers. An idea led to a phone call which led to Annette and Andrew performing a fundraising concert of classical music. Penny Barnard kindly opened her home at The Landings as the venue for the performance on Sunday 24th March.

Admitted Andrew as he addressed the audience, “We came on vacation not quite prepared to do a concert. Fortunately, Penny has a piano for me and a cello for Annette. We’re suffering a little from the humidity — we’re not used to playing in the Caribbean — but we’re happy to be here to do this to benefit the Saint Lucia School of Music.”

The moral: even when on vacation, your professional skills may be called upon; and it’s even better when it helps the local community.

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Mr. Augustin Julian, better known as ‘Charley’, has been awarded the Saint Lucia Medal of Merit, Gold, for his services to music and storytelling. Charley performs with the folk band Manmay La Kay, featured in Tropical Traveller issue 298.

The award is one of seven classes of the Order of Saint Lucia, an order of chivalry for citizens of Saint Lucia, established in 1980 by Queen Elizabeth II. Charley, and others deemed eligible for an award, attended a ceremony at Government House in February when the island’s Governor General bestowed the Order on behalf of the sovereign.

Congratulations Charley! TT is delighted that you have been recognized for your contribution to sustaining Saint Lucian culture. Manmay La Kay performs at various venues including Windjammer Landing on alternate Tuesdays.