Queen Elizabeth’s transition to Barbados becomes official today

Barrabas, Barbados, Feb. 11- Many Barbadians today have begun celebrations of the passing of more than 60 years of the monarchy of Barbados.

A carefully attended service was held for members of the Royal Family at St. Philip’s Anglican Church, which has had the task of organizing an official celebration for two days. The key member of the royal family to be represented was Princess Mary of Denmark.

The two-day official celebrations begin today. This will include a young people’s concert in the Blue House. Queen Elizabeth met with Barbadians in the Blue House on Feb. 1.

Today’s anniversary celebrations began at 8:30 a.m. with a service led by the Barbados and East Indian School, and then a reception in the Blue House at which the woman of the hour, Barbadian leader Mia Mottley, delivered the opening address.

The island’s Crown Prince Donald Norburn and Princess Victoria, who now rule the country after the abdication of Queen Elizabeth, and their parents have already arrived in Barbados, and have met with members of the royal family.

The queen’s son, the Duke of Kent, will arrive tomorrow for the celebrations. Other royal members with the message, including the archbishop of Canterbury, the Marquess of Bath, the bishop of Birmingham, and the dean of Westminster, have all issued messages congratulating their hosts on the occasion of the abdication of the queen.

Barbadians are to take a procession through the streets with the Queen by their side to mark her constitutional transition. The students of the Blue House will sing songs of praise to the Queen. One of the songs of praise will be to “Thank Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Second for all she has done in Barbados.”

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