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HRH Duke of Gloucester to arrive in territory on Monday

GIS - Monday, March 5th, 2012 at 5:05 AM

HRH Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO SS

Friday 2 March 2012 – Plans are officially in place to welcome His Royal Highness (HRH) The Duke of Gloucester to the Virgin Islands from Monday, March 5 -9, 2012 to celebrate Her Majesty (HM) The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has asked members of the Royal Family to travel overseas to visit every realm as well as Commonwealth countries, Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories on her behalf. The Diamond Jubilee represents sixty years of The Queen’s reign.

Over the four days, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, the Queen’s cousin, will be visiting various venues and meeting people across the Territory to learn about the culture, life and history of the BVI. If you would like to see the Duke there will be plenty of opportunities.

Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE; meet with students in schools and youth organisations; visit museums; meet with local artists and freelance photographers; learn how to knit the seine and blow the conch shell on Peter Island; sail across the sister islands; enjoy the various genres of local music; witness performances of the mocko jumbie and folk dance; meet with special needs community; visit the murals on Chapel Hill and Long Trench; meet with local authors, historians, archaeologists, Olympians, and basket weavers, just to name a few of the planned activities.

Many have been asking about the protocol guidelines in meeting HRH. Please be advised of the following:

1). One is always presented to HRH, never introduced. So one would say “Your Royal Highness, may I present Mr John Jones?”;

2). In speaking to HRH, one should addressed him as “Your Royal Highness” and subsequently in conversation as “Sir”;

3). It is not obligatory to bow and curtsey when presented to HRH, but many people like to do so. Gentlemen should make a small neck bow (just an exaggerated nod) and ladies a bob rather than a deep curtsey. If the ladies wish they may bow instead of curtsey.

4). In shaking hands, when HRH is meeting large numbers of people he may not shake hands with everyone, but is likely to do so if meeting a small group or an official line up. It will be very obvious if he intends to shake hands: guests should not proffer his.

The Duke’s visit officially marks the thirteenth Royal Visit this Territory has hosted since 1787.

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  1. March 8, 2012
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    All these people who commenting in favor of this nonsense about royalty need to go get a life.

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  2. amazed
    March 5, 2012
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    and they in VG painting and fixing BFEC. Only for this man and NOT for the future of the BVI???SHAME

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    • Wink
      March 6, 2012
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      I was just coming to comment on this same thing. His Majesty need to visit the territory every week in order for our infrastructure to get properly fixed. I think that it took him coming, to get these things done, is really a shame. To say I am disappointed in them would be an understatement.

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    • Student
      March 6, 2012
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      You now only for that I am a student only for he put when he gone every thing is going to be back the way it is because they do not care about us they care about mr. Amazing duke oh wow I will make sure he now about the school how it was before he came and I and have some pic to ,too show he cannot wait

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  3. C
    March 5, 2012
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    Queen Bee, your comment is quite ignorant and racist. Tortola doesn’t fund his excursion entirely. Furthermore, the B.V.I as a British Overseas Territory is not independent, hence the visit for the Queen’s Jubilee. The Jubilee is for all former empire countires and B.O.T.

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  4. Queen Bee
    March 5, 2012
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    why the hell we speding our tax dollars on this white man from england and people in the country hungry??? eh?

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    • @ queer bee
      March 5, 2012
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      Why should the British taxpayers pay for the protection of the BVI and why should they hand out their passports to the BVI?????? More people in England going hungry.

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  5. @
    March 5, 2012
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    “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIdbbpOj1iw

    The Queen, God bless her!

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  6. @
    March 5, 2012
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    He is here to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, not to solve our problems. For that we need to look to our own elected representatives.

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  7. critic
    March 5, 2012
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    dont take him on no joy ride…take him to the ghettos to see how we live….take him shopping to the super markets and gas station so he can see what we have to deal with on a daily basis and while you’re at it, show him a couple light bills

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  8. clean
    March 5, 2012
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    Someone better organize a cleaning crew to pick up all the trash and litter all over our islands before HRH Duke of his Royal Highness arrives. I wonder if HRHadassah Ward will make an appearance on behalf of the tourist board and welcome this larger than life royal figure? Ms. Ward, where have youu been?

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  9. RIGHT
    March 5, 2012
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    Agreed, as the Queen’s subjects, I hope he can have a wonderful visit in the British Virgin Islands.

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  10. @
    March 4, 2012
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    Hopefully the Queen’s loyal subjects (BVIslanders) will be able to extend a warm welcome to His Royal Highness. Hopefully his visit will not be marred by any of the untoward comments made by citizens of independant island nations who are now enjoying refuge in these British Virgin Islands.

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  11. LOL
    March 4, 2012
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    Walk backwards along Main Street! It is a fabulous walk with great shops and architecture but is the Duke really going to to dodge Tola traffic like we all!

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  12. Hmmmm
    March 3, 2012
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    Who???

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    • De Anguillian
      March 5, 2012
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      dont believe in royalty so they can go to h***

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