Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, visited Little Cayman at the invitation of the Central Caribbean Marine Institute.
Prince Edward is patron of CCMI and was on his fifth visit to its Little Cayman Research Centre. He received an update on the extensive research and educational programs that have developed over the last 12 years of the organization’s existence.
The royal couple met with students studying at the research facility, as well as staff and local dignitaries, including Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell, Minister of Financial Services and Environment Wayne Panton, members of the public and other Institute stakeholders.
“It was an incredible honor to have both the Earl and Countess of Wessex visit,” said Institute president Carrie Manfrino, who said the visit was an opportunity for CCMI to celebrate its accomplishments and acknowledge the contributions of its supporters.
“The visit gave us a chance to really thank our patron, the prince, who has helped us enormously over the past decade with reinforcing our work as well as providing input,” she continued.
“As a truly active patron, he has been a very important part of our organization.”