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Prince Edward praises Barbados

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Prince Edward praises Barbados

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Britain’s Prince Edward today sang the praises of Barbados as a “model small state” but advised its leaders they would need courage, creativity and common sense to overcome the economic challenges.
Addressing a Joint Sitting of Parliament in the Senate Chamber, held in commemoration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Earl of Wessex said Barbados had demonstrated its maturity and self-confidence and that it actively seeks to learn from the past.
“Rarely has this been more important than now as all parts of the world struggle to overcome the past few years of international economic turmoil,” said the Earl, speaking from his seat on the dais as his wife, Princess Sophie, sat on his left.
“As legislators and as leaders you are well aware of the responsibilities and difficulties you face as you seek firstly to safeguard your country’s hard won economic and social gains in so volatile an environment, and then to prosper.
“To respond to these challenges, you will need courage, creativity and common sense, traits which have long characterized the Barbadian spirit. With trust in the resilience of your people, confidence in the future and faith in the Almighty, Barbados’ continued development will be assured.”
The Prince, passing on the Queen’s regret that she could not visit the island, said Barbados held a special place in her heart and that she was proud of its achievements, in particular the progress it has made in its 45 years as a sovereign state. (DP)