The Earl and Countess of Wessex’s scheduled visit to Grenada have been postponed at the eleventh hour, just days before they begin their six-day platinum jubilee tour of the Caribbean, and weeks after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s controversial visit.
Buckingham Palace did not provide an explanation for the late postponement, which came after consultation with the government of Grenada and on the advice of the governor-general.
The cancellation of a royal visit, traditionally long in planning, at such short notice is extremely unusual.
In addition to Antigua and Barbuda, they were scheduled to visit Grenada, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines from 22-28 April. Buckingham Palace said the couple hoped to visit Grenada at a later date after dropping Grenada from their itinerary.
Grenada suggested postponing the meeting after consulting with the governor-general, who represents the Queen on the island. No reason has been given for the postponement.
It is understood the decision followed discussions between the palace and the Caribbean countries regarding the itinerary for the couple. The process consisted of ensuring the itinerary met the goals of the couple’s tour, which was to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee as well as celebrate the islands. After those discussions, the postponement was suggested.