Underneath cloudy skies and occasional downpours, scores of people turned out to see the Prince of Wales up close and personal during his first official visit to the British Virgin Islands today, November 18.
The Prince and his entourage made stops at the Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP) centre in East End, the BVI Red Cross, and Elmore Stoutt High School before meeting members of the public at the Queen Elizabeth Park in Road Town.
BVI News sought the views of a few residents as well as Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Fahie.
Fahie said he hopes the Prince’s visit will lead to the BVI receiving further assistance from the international community.
“I think the visit by Prince Charles is timely and necessary because it helps to keep the international spotlight on us and for persons to become more interested in us,” Fahie said.
“It also shows the interest of the Prince to come visit the BVI when we just experienced two category five hurricanes and many other weather systems that have posed challenges for the Virgin Islands; and the damages being so severe. So, it lends a lot of respect for the Prince to come at this time.”
The opposition leader added: “I think it can only help in the recovery process. That’s how I see his visit and I thank him for coming. It is always good when the Queen or any of her representatives can take time out to come all the way to the Virgin Islands to look for us. So, I must commend them for doing so and we look forward to even greater assistance from them now that he has seen some of the damages firsthand.”
One resident, Jessica Joseph echoed Fahie’s sentiments.
“I have always seen the Prince on television. Being that he came right here where I am was a good opportunity to get to see him up close and personal. It is really good what he is doing to come to the BVI to assess the country, and I hope the country gets the help that it needs,” she said.
BVI News also spoke to Stacy-Ann Bobb, a member of the Heritage Dancers which performed at the event.
“Honestly, it felt a bit regular for me because these types of stuff don’t really excite me. But it’s nice that he came down to assess the island and what’s not,” Bobb said.
The Prince will also be visiting other islands.
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