6th day of the visit (7th March) to The Bahamas, Florida & Cayman Islands

visit on behalf of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation & 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ Next Generation Initiatives

Sixth day of the visit (7th March, Monday) – Cayman Islands, Little & Grand.
Today is the last day of the Caribbean tour, it sure was fun & lovely for me, to write about all those different engagements.

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© Melissa Wolfe Photography. Picture posted with kind permission from photographer.

In the morning, The Earl of Wessex as President of Central Caribbean Marine Institute and The Countess of Wessex attended a Reception at Little Cayman, Cayman Islands.

Afterwards, TRH’s have travelled back to the Grand Cayman, where they attended separate luncheons. The Earl of Wessex as Trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, attended a Reception and Lunch at Government House at Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.

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courtesy of National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. Click on pic to be redirected & view more pictures of the event.

Meanwhile, The Countess of Wessex as Global Ambassador of 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ Next Generation Initiatives, attended a Reception and Lunch at The National Gallery, which kindly let me use few of today’s pictures. The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) was established in 1996 and it is an inclusive gathering place which honours artistic heritage, celebrates art and seeks to provide inspiring learning experiences for all of its diverse public. To learn more, click here

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courtesy of 100WHF via Twitter

The Countess of Wessex highlighted the local chapter’s efforts to launch the Next Generation Initiatives in Cayman. Currently there are NextGen programmes in London, Hong Kong, New York and Southern California. The focus of the programme will be on ensuring training, guidance, and industry focused scholarships. HRH briefly addressed an audience of Cayman committee members at a luncheon in her honour. The Countess said: “I hope that every young woman that comes into the financial services industry here is going to take full advantage of what you have to offer; of what we have to offer to our next generations.” You can view the visit & speech here.

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courtesy of National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. Click on pic to be redirected & view more pictures of the event.

As Global Ambassador (since November 2015), HRH serves as an advocate for increased diversity in the financial services industry, and for raising the industry’s visibility and appeal as young women consider career paths. Sophie said: “I’ll be looking to serve as an advocate for increased diversity in the financial services industry, as well as raising the industry’s visibility and appeal for young women considering their career options”. She added: “Mentoring is a powerful tool to aiding success”.

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courtesy of National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. Click on pic to be redirected & view more pictures of the event.

During the luncheon Sophie met Jazlyn Hydes (Little Sister), from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cayman Islands. Jazlyn was there with her Big Sister, Leslie Arnott. Jazlyn meets her Big Sister one afternoon a week as part of the BBBS School Based Mentoring Programme. Jazlyn talked to Sophie about being a princess, pretty dresses and how she wants to be a gymnast when she grows up.

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courtesy of 100WHF via Twitter

Big Brothers Big Sisters Cayman Islands is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that try to have a measurable impact on youth. 100 Women in Hedge Funds (‘100WHF’) has announced that Big Brothers Big Sisters Cayman (BBBS) has been designated as its 2016 Cayman Beneficiary. To learn more click here.

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courtesy of 100WHF via Twitter

In the afternoon, The Earl of Wessex as Trustee and The Countess of Wessex as Global Ambassador of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, attended a Reception for young people who have reached the Gold Standard in the Award at Government House at Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. The Gold Award was presented to Lashonda Powell.

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courtesy of Governor’s Office KY via Twitter feed.

At the award ceremony, Prince Edward said: “Life is full of challenges and this award prepares for those,” he said. “The award also presents you with lots of opportunities. If you seize the opportunity you have today and learn from the skill and the experiences we give you here, then whatever opportunities life throws at you in the future, you’re going to have the confidence to be able to seize those, to go through those doors wherever they open up.”
Article & lovely pictures here. Even more pictures here. HRH’s speech can be viewed here.

In the evening, the royal couple departed from Owen Roberts International Airport, Grand Cayman, for the United Kingdom.

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via Shawn Kester Bazil Facebook feed. Click on pic to be redirected & view full album.

I will do my very best to obtain pictures from events that are for now missing.
Video of TRH’s visit to Cayman Islands can be found here.

Outfit & jewellery:
in the morning:
Peter Pilotto, Blue Geoprint Wafflesilk Dress.
New version of ‘back to front’ pearl earrings.
Wedges most likely by Stuart Weitzman in ‘Jean‘ style.
in the afternoon:
New, Alaïa Gray Parfum Dress. Though with different neckline.
New, Alaïa Black Bolero.
New version of ‘back to front’ pearl earrings.
Watch by Longines, I believe from “Le Grande Classic” collection.
GIANVITO ROSSI Bari 85 patent-leather court shoes in pale pink. 
White handbag that dates back to 2011 or 2012. Sadly no ID.  
departure:
not sure, but possibly Helmut Lang Gala Blazer.
Smythson Panama tote in orange/coral.

GIANVITO ROSSI Bari 85 patent-leather court shoes in pale pink. 
Earrings as earlier. 

14 thoughts on “6th day of the visit (7th March) to The Bahamas, Florida & Cayman Islands

  1. Hi Anna
    Thanks for the great pics on Sophie and Edwards tour. Wish there was more coverage in our British Press on these two!!!!!! I'm just wondering its Commonwealth Observance Day next Monday. The Cambridge's are attending but again like last year the Wessex's are doing other engagements. I was wondering if you or anyone know why this is? Thanks

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  2. Anonymous

    I contacted The Telegraph sometime ago to ask why there is not more coverage of this very lovely and hardworking member of the Royal Family, the Countess of Wessex. Typical example today; photographs of other members ski holiday but despite the full working programme shown in the Social Diary, no photos of the Wessex couple.

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  3. Anonymous

    Love the outfit she wore in the morning – dress and black wedges. Hope we see more of these shoes! Thanks Anna for the great posts!

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  4. Anonymous

    I understand what you are eaying . Spotlight on a ski trip even if it the Cambridge's isn't spotlight at all. Even if these are rumours I have heard that the Cambridges want to spend more time with their children. If the York Princesses were just allowed to perform royal duties than this wouldn't be a problem(I just had to bring this topic up)

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  5. Anonymous

    I thought I read Prince Charles is taking on more duties and would like to downsize the monarchy. Also, if Beatrice and Eugenie were to take on official engagements they would need royal protection officers each time. I think they do not have the same security protection they had years ago. Apparently, Prince Charles states the expense as part of the reason for this decision. I have no idea if any of this is accurate, but I have read this information.

    Sophie looks stunning as usual. I wish the Wessex couple received the media coverage they deserve. They are hard working, well prepared and engaging. At least we have this site to give us info about Sophie. Sophie at the podium looks beautiful. I have read others commenting about her lovely legs. She does have enviable legs and I think she looks nice showing them off a little. I am not saying she is “showing off”. Sophie represents the BRF in the best way.

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  6. Anonymous

    I think the press, especially DM and the yellow press wants to make a scandal if they can. DM is counting how many royal duties the Cambridges are doing so far this year and even then left one out. Yes, these sorts of assignments should be more publicized.

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  7. Alejandra Ramírez

    Great coverage of the tour Anna! Thanks for your efforts!
    It is sad that there's no more coverage of the British Press.
    In any case, you truly are The Countess' Angel for covering all of her events 🙂

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