HUNDREDS THRONG THE PRINCE OF WALES AND DUCHESS OF CORNWALL AT BERKELEY MEMORIAL AND NATIONAL MUSEUM IN ST. KITTS

Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 24, 2019 (SKNIS): It was a carnival-like atmosphere in downtown Basseterre on March 21 when hundreds of citizens and residents turned out to get a glimpse up front of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall when they made stops at the Berkeley Memorial (The Circus) and the National Museum as part of their trip to St. Kitts and Nevis.

The Prince and The Duchess are on a 12-day Caribbean tour of Saint Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Cuba and the Cayman Islands, to cement relationships with the Commonwealth. Cuba, which is not a member of the Commonwealth, will receive its first visit from members of the British Royal Family.  The tour began on the 17th March in Saint Lucia and will end on the 29th March in The Cayman Islands.

The Prince and the Duchess were elated at the warm reception they received by the jubilant onlookers. Accompanying Their Royal Highnesses was Prime Minister Dr. The Honourable Timothy Harris. From the Circus, Their Royal Highnesses made their way to the National Museum at Port Zante where they signed a plaque in commemoration of the 125th anniversary of the Former Treasury Building in which the National Museum and The St. Christopher National Trust are housed. They were also presented with a painting done by Mr. Dennis Richards of The Former Treasury Building.

The Berkeley Memorial was erected in 1883 and was for a long time the only public memorial commemorating an individual in St. Kitts. It was dedicated to the memory of Thomas Hardtman Berkeley, a former president of the General Legislative Council and owner of the estates called Fountain, Greenland, Greenhill, Ottley’s, Shadwell and Stone Fort.

Located in the circle of the busy Circus area in Basseterre, the structure contains a clock and drinking fountain. It was designed and produced by George Smith and Co of Glasgow, Scotland. Two other similar structures were produced by the foundry but only the one in St. Kitts survives. The four clock faces are said to be a replica of Big Ben in London.

THE PRINCE OF WALES GREETS ONLOOKERS WITH BERKELEY MEMORIAL IN THE BACKGROUND


THE PRINCE OF WALES AND THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL OUTSIDE THE NATIONAL MUSEUM

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