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Anniversary message from Her Majesty to the people of Antigua and Barbuda

On Sunday evening, just hours after arriving in the Carribean, Prince Harry attended a reception held by the Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda. This is the first of several stops on his carribean Royal Tour, which will take the Prince to 7 Realms where Her Majesty is Sovereign and to Guyana, which is part of the Commonwealth. He will visit Guyana on behest of the Foreign Office.

The tour will take Prince Harry to Antigua & Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Barbados. The latter realms are celebrating 50 years of Independence. This will be Prince Harry’s second official visit to the Caribbean he will take on behalf of Her Majesty. It will last for 14 days, ending on 4, December. Rather than staying at large resorts or hotels during his visit, Prince Harry will stay aboard a ship that will take him from island to island.

Whilst at the reception which celebrated the 35th aniversary of Independence for Antigua and Barbuda, he read a message of congratulations from The Queen on her behalf. You can find it below.

“Prince Philip and I send our warmest wishes to Antigua and Barbuda on the occasion of this celebration to mark 35 years of Independence. I have fond memories of visiting your country in 1966, 1977 during the Silver Jubilee and again in 1985.

I will never forget the warmth of your people and the incredible natural beauty of the islands. It has been a great privilege for me to watch Antigua and Barbuda develop into the confident country it is today with a strong national identity and a positive outlook.

I congratulate all of you for the part you have played in building this community and creating so many opportunities for the next generation.

ELIZABETH R”

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