March 3, 2014
On Monday March 3, 2014, Their Excellencies the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen and the Most Honourable Lady Allen engaged Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex as part of their official visit to King’s House.
Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen and the Countess of Wessex toured the Genesis Academy on South Camp Road in Kingston. There, Her Royal Highness and Lady Allen spent some time interacting with the members of staff and children of the institution, before being treated to a cultural performance by the students.
The second leg of their activities took them to the Bustamante Hospital for Children. Lady Allen and the Countess of Wessex toured the Orthopedic Ward and Ward 4 of the Hospital. Specially invited guests including representatives from the Shaggy and Friends Foundation, were also present.
At the end of the tours, plaques to commemorate the official visit of the Her Royal Highness were unveiled.
Following the tour, Her Excellency and Her Royal Highness joined Sir Patrick Allen and His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex at a private luncheon held in honour of Their Royal Highnesses.
The Governor-General welcomed Their Royal Highnesses to Jamaica and indicated that he was grateful to Prince Edward for his investment in humanity through his involvement with the Duke of Edingburgh Award and various charities. He also commended HRH for the examples that he is setting for the rest of the world.
In his response, Prince Edward noted that this was his fourth visit to Jamaica but the first for his wife. He said that England was looking forward to hosting athletes from Jamaica in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games to be held later this year. He indicated the commonalty of culture shared between Commonwealth countries, will also be on display at the event.
Prince Edward thanked Their Excellencies for their hospitality and expressed good wishes on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.