Earl and Countess of Wessex receive warm welcome in Gibraltar

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The Royal Gibraltar Regiment give a Royal Salute for HRH The Earl of Wessex in front of the Rock of Gibraltar. Photographer: Cpl Connor Payne RAF - UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

British Forces Gibraltar were delighted to welcome Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex as they arrived in Gibraltar yesterday (Tuesday) for a visit to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Molly Peach, the daughter of Lance Corporal Peach, a member of The Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment presented The Countess of Wessex with a bouquet of flowers as Her Royal Highness arrived.

The Earl and Countess then made their way to the South Dispersal to be greeted by Commander British Forces, Commodore Steve Dainton, Chief of Staff Ben Campbell Colquhoun and Commanding Officer, Royal Gibraltar Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Simon Dyson.

HRH speaking with the Governor of Gibraltar. Photographer: Cpl Connor Payne RAF – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

To celebrate Their Royal Highnesses’ arrival, the Royal Gibraltar Regiment conducted a 21 Royal Gun Salute.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex will remain in Gibraltar for the next few days to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee with the people of Gibraltar and visit key areas of Gibraltar.

Royal Gibraltar Regiment on parade. Photographer: Cpl Connor Payne RAF – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

Yesterday, the Queen sent a message of gratitude to Gibraltar as the couple arrived at the Rock.

Her Majesty said in a message disclosed by Windsor Castle:

“Over the years I have watched Gibraltar prosper as a multi-cultural and multi-faith community, proud of its rich history while dynamic and forward-looking.”

As she wished it “future happiness and prosperity,” the monarch said she was “pleased to reaffirm the close ties” between “the Crown and the people of Gibraltar.”

Their Royal Highnesses will also speak to key personnel from British Forces Gibraltar and spend time with the local people.

Gibraltarian Ms A Smart told the Conservative Post:

“We love the royals and every time a member of the royal family visits, it’s a real honour.

“We’re very proud to be British and it means a lot to see them here especially after all the jubilee celebrations at the weekend. It’s royal fever over here at the moment. We love it.”

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