Prince Edward honoured with monument in the Pacific to mark 30 years since his visit

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The new monument was unveiled on the Pacific island of Savai’i by the UK High Commission in Samoa. The dedication to the Earl of Wessex can be found in Prince Edward Park in Iva, Savai’i.

UK High Commissioner to Samoa, Ian Richards, as well as other Iva villagers attended the unveiling of the monument in late October.

As well as the monument itself, brand new changing facilities in the park have also been built.

Mr Richards was joyous to be at the unveiling of the monument.

Mr Richards told the Samoa Observer: “What a great afternoon we spent at Iva’s Prince Edward Park on 27 October.

“It was a real honour to unveil a new monument to [His Royal Highness] Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, commemorating his visit in 1992; as well as two billboards which will help visitors find their way to the park for future sports events; and, of great significance to the local players, refurbished changing rooms.”

Following the activities taking place in the park, the inaugural march of this year’s Island of Origin competition also took place.

Mr Richards added: “This was narrowly won by Upolu, but it was a close game played in a positive spirit: I am only sorry Prince Edward was not there to watch it.”

A number of royals have visited the island over the years.

The Queen previously visited Western Samoa in February 1977.

As well as Her Majesty, Prince Edward also visited Savai’i on October 13, 1992.

During his visit, the 57-year-old opened up the Prince Edward Park, where the monument for this visit can be found.

The impressive monument was designed and installed by the artist Papalii Penehuro Papalii of Beautiful Expressions of Nature Art Gallery.

The Queen’s official Twitter account recently gave a special mention to the Earl in a recent post.

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The Earl of Wessex visited Yorkshire Wildlife Park to open their new sea lion facility on Thursday.

John Minion, CEO of the park, said: “We were honoured to have The Earl of Wessex visit Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

“It was lovely to see him interact with the wildlife at the park and learn more about all the conservation we are currently involved with.

“The Earl was wonderfully engaging with all the members of staff that he met and genuinely interested in the animals and our conservation work.

“And he was super with the Hayfield school students – they will never forget that as he visited every group of students.

“We would like to thank all those who have helped us grow to what we are now.”

The Queen’s official twitter account posted: “The Earl of Wessex visited Yorkshire Wildlife Park yesterday to officially open their new sea lion facility, Point Lomos.

“His Royal Highness even took the opportunity to lend a hand at feeding time!

“Point Lomos is the world’s largest filtrated sea lion complex and home to 6 sea lions.”

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