Royal Visits to Jamaica

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on an Official Visit to Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas this week, as part of a series of Tours around the Commonwealth to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The Royal Family have made numerous visits to Jamaica over the past seven decades, so thus we are featuring the Royal Visits to Jamaica!

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The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh began their 6-month Commonwealth Tour in the Caribbean in November 1952, which made Jamaica the second territory visited by the newly Crowned Queen. The Queen and Duke paid a visit in 1966, during an extensive Tour of fifteen Commonwealth Realms and Crown Colonies. The Queen has since visited in 1975 (for CHOGM), 1983, 1994, and 2002, for her Golden Jubilee.

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Princess Margaret first visited Jamaica in 1955, on an extensive Tour of the Caribbean Realms and Territories, and then returned in 1962, for the most important Royal Visit of all: when she presided over the Independence Celebrations, which included a variety of glittering evening events, for which the Princess wore her Turquoise Parure, the Halo Scroll Tiara, and the Lotus Flower Tiara.

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The Prince of Wales joined the Princess Royal and the Duke of Edinburgh on Holiday in Jamaica in 1966, which included rafting, Polo and the 8th Commonwealth Games, at which the Duke represented the Queen. The Princess Royal and Captain Mark Phillips visited Jamaica as part of their Honeymoon Tour in 1973. The Prince and Duchess of Cornwall made an Official Visit to Jamaica in 2008, during a wider Caribbean Tour.

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Prince Harry made an Official Visit to Jamaica in 2012, as part of the Royal Family’s Jubilee Tours around the world for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

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