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Caribbean: Royal Visit to UWI Highlights Lingering Colonialism
Prince Charles and Camilla
By Leslie
March 06, 2008


The Prince of Wales, Charles Philip Arthur George and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, paid a visit to the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus, on Wednesday 5th March, 2008, as part of their tour of Trinidad and Tobago to promote environmentalism and to reinforce British ties with former colonies. The couple made their way to the JFK Quadrangle to view the UWI 60th Anniversary Exhibition, to look at and to play the G Pan and to observe a skit put on by the Centre for Creative and Festival Arts.

The scene was reminiscent of when the Queen of England had visited the country in February 1966, four years after the country's Independence from Britain. Speaking with a gentleman who as a child witnessed the event, recalled that children lined the streets with flags in hand in the hot sun singing, "God save the Queen!" He reminded me that homage was being paid to former slave masters by a newly "Independent" nation with citizens calling on God to bless and save the royals. Today, the atmosphere was not much different with children and adults scrambling to get a touch of the royals' hands. "I will never wash my hand again," was what one female intimated.

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