Earl, Countess of Wessex arrive
HIS Royal Highness, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex arrived in the island for a four-day working visit yesterday, and made their first stop at Caymanas Golf and Country Club, in St Catherine, for the Duke of Edinburgh Cup Golf Tournament, reception, lunch and prize-giving ceremony.
Their Royal Highnesses' stay will see them participating in activities related to the Duke of Edinburgh Award, which will include meeting with the Board of Directors of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award International, Jamaica, which is chaired by Professor Derrick McKoy, of the University of the West Indies, Mona.
Prince Edward is the Trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Foundation and Chair of the International Council.
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 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 people around the world have participated.
Their Royal Highnesses will also pay a courtesy call on the Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen, who is Patron of the Award in Jamaica; tours of the Sports Medicine Facility the University of the West Indies; the University of Technology; Bustamante Hospital for Children; and the Bustamante Museum.
They will also visit the Jamaica Defence Force headquarters, Genesis Academy, Holy Family Primary and Infant School and Portmore HEART Academy.
Their Royal Highnesses are expected to depart the island on March 5.