Earl of Wessex gives church reading on calmer day after Caribbean protests

The third day of their Caribbean tour was a quiet day, following a protest from a group of demonstrators during their visit to St Vincent and the Grenadines on Saturday.

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The Earl and Countess of Wessex attended a church service on a calmer day for the couple after experiencing protests earlier in the tour.

Edward gave a reading from the Apostles chapter of the Bible during a lengthy service at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Saint Lucia on Sunday, which was held to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

The Earl and the Countess of Wessex during their visit to Morne Fortune, a Saint Lucia National Trust site, where they will be shown the monuments to St Lucian Nobel Laureates, Sir W Arthur Lewis and Sir Derek Walcott and learn more about the country's history, as they continue their visit to the Caribbean, to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
The Earl and the Countess of Wessex during their visit to Morne Fortune, a Saint Lucia National Trust site, where they will be shown the monuments to St Lucian Nobel Laureates, Sir W Arthur Lewis and Sir Derek Walcott and learn more about the country's history, as they continue their visit to the Caribbean, to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Sophie, wearing a spotted dress, sat with her husband at the front of the church and they joined in with all hymns and prayers.

Both were warmly welcomed by all who attended.

The two engagements carried out by the couple avoided crowds, with the small service beginning their day, followed by a visit to a monument dedicated to Nobel Laureate Sir William Arthur Lewis.

The Countess of Wessex leaves after attending a church service to mark The Queen's Platinum Jubilee at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in St Lucia.
The Countess of Wessex leaves after attending a church service to mark The Queen's Platinum Jubilee at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in St Lucia.

The third day of their Caribbean tour was a quiet day, following a protest from a group of around 15 demonstrators who displayed placards during their visit to St Vincent and the Grenadines on Saturday.

Banners on show included “end to colonialism”, “#CompensationNow”, “down with neo-colonialism” and “Britain your debt is outstanding”.

Edward and Sophie are due to travel to Antigua and Barbuda on Monday, where an organisation has already warned the pair to avoid “phoney sanctimony” over slavery.