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Queen invited for 375th milestone

Queen invited for 375th milestone THE EARL AND Countess of Wessex Prince Edward and wife Sophie on arrival at Parliament buildings yesterday. (Nigel Browne)

By Dawne Parris | Fri, February 24, 2012 - 12:09 AM

IF A REQUEST from the Barbados Government is granted, Queen Elizabeth II could be here for Parliament’s 375th anniversary in 2014.

That was disclosed yesterday at a Joint Sitting of Parliament held to commemorate the Queen’s 60th year on the throne, and attended by her son Prince Edward and his wife Princess Sophie – the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Visually impaired Deputy President of the Senate Kerryann Ifill, who along with Speaker of the House Michael Carrington spoke in glowing terms of the Queen’s “benevolence” and “enlightened leadership”, revealed the country’s desire to host  her in another two years.

“The loyal members of the Senate and of the House of Assembly of Barbados, who gather today in tribute to Her Majesty, remain sure in the knowledge that our democracy is safeguarded by the strength of our institutions,” said Ifill.

“Foremost among these is Parliament. In that regard, we are hopeful of Her Majesty’s most generous and favourable consideration to our keen wish that she may be able to grace us with her most esteemed presence in Barbados in 2014, the celebration of this most important anniversary.”

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Posted by Bim Bum 2 years, 8 months ago
We'll have to wait until 2014 to get the island spruced up again? Oh well...better late than never!

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Posted by Claude Nichai 2 years, 8 months ago
This would be big for Barbados. The Queen visiting this small island will give tremendous exposure in the European market and the tourism industry will be impacted positively.

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Posted by Rochelle Taitt 2 years, 8 months ago
As an independent nation we salute the Empire. We bow to our Queen so far removed from the concerns of her subjects who live in a world physically and culturally removed from her own.

Why is it so hard to detach our soverign selves from the core?

May the queen live as long as our subservience :-(

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