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Princess Anne to visit next June


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Britain’s Princess Anne will visit Barbados next June.
The Princess Royal is coming to chair a session of the Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue (CCELD).
Trade union leader Sir Roy Trotman, chairman of the board of directors of the Dialogue’s Barbados chapter, announced that the Queen’s daughter would be in the island for the June 7 to 11 gathering.
Princess Anne is president of the Dialogue, a non-profit organisation with a mandate to expose emerging leaders to ideas, issues and people capable of changing how they see themselves.
Sir Roy spoke about the visit yesterday, when the local chapter of the dialogue was launched at Hilton Barbados.
“The important issue for us in terms of being able to present Barbados to the world will be an opportunity to have Her Royal Highness here in this country as our guest,” Sir Roy told the gathering that included Acting Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and several business leaders.
Sir Roy said Princess Anne’s visit had “tremendous potential” for Government, the private sector and other citizens of Barbados, with an increase in tourist arrivals among the prospects.
Stuart reported that the dialogue’s “study tour”, which will take place in Barbados in June, will bring together 120 “high-calibre, mid-career men and women” selected from government, business and civil society across the Caribbean and Canada.
In a message from Buckingham Palace, carried in a brochure released at the launch, Princess Anne said she was honoured to be invited to preside over the 2011 meeting.
“This dialogue will offer participants a unique learning opportunity that will challenge their assumptions and expand their global appreciation. . .. ,” she said.
“I know that it will be an interesting and informative dialogue.” (TY)

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