Barbados embraces the Queen on her golden jubilee

Barbados has thrown open its doors to the royals and the diaspora to mark the island’s incorporation into the Commonwealth on Friday. At a gathering at the Beaches Hotel, the Queen’s representative in Barbados…

Barbados embraces the Queen on her golden jubilee

Barbados has thrown open its doors to the royals and the diaspora to mark the island’s incorporation into the Commonwealth on Friday.

At a gathering at the Beaches Hotel, the Queen’s representative in Barbados – Lieutenant Colonel Ewen McDonald – gave a moving speech in honour of the sovereign’s 40th anniversary of her Commonwealth tour.

Speaking on behalf of the monarch, he said: “I am humbled to stand here today to honour such a spectacular celebration of our history and our culture.

“Our island, the first to be adopted by the British Empire, has been the privileged recipient of a distinct bond from the United Kingdom.”

A 400-strong freeholders’ parade passed the hotel prior to the evening’s event, which featured hundreds of lit torches on the beach.

The Reverend Andrew Hedges, a church parson, urged the audience at the event to reflect on the “beauty, diversity and heritage” of Barbados and its monarchy.

He said: “People need to celebrate the beauty of the culture and people of Barbados as a country.”

Three ten-strong jiffy bag brigades travelled to various destinations in the Diaspora, including Queens Park Rangers in London.

Michelle Goddy, 17, sent a message to the Queen to welcome her on her trip to Barbados.

The Imperial War Museum in London also hosted the Institution’s yearly fun day, in tribute to Barbados’ contribution to British culture.

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