Prince Edward visited Uruguay
His Royal Highness, the Earl of Wessex, was in Montevideo 13-14 September as part of a tour that took him to Rio and Santiago.
The Earl of Wessex toured the Expo Prado where he was received by the Board of the Uruguayan Rural Association.
The Prince was interested to learn about the animals on display, and witnessed a parade of the British breeds that competed during the Expo Prado. He gave an award to the owner of the Champion Hereford heifer. Afterwards, he toured the British Pavilion, greeted the exhibitors and Embassy staff and congratulated them for their good work. HRH also handed out certificates to the Associations of British breeds.
Later, His Royal Highness received a warm welcome from the Board and staff of the British Hospital, where he personally handed a British Empire Medal to Gloria Trelles for her services to British citizens and from the Falkland Islands in Uruguay.
Prince Edward also unveiled a commemorative plaque celebrating the opening of the Hospital’s new wing. During his tour he made some time to greet children and talk with their families.
In the evening, Ambassador Ben Lyster-Binns hosted a reception in his honour. The Ambassador explained that Prince Edward’s visit “reflects the strong relationship between the two countries.”
The following day, HRH was received by President Tabaré Vázquez at his residence where they held a warm meeting.
Later, Prince Edward visited The British Schools where he talked with the students. He popped into many classrooms to ask what the children were doing and to know about their plans for the future. This was the Earl of Wessex’s second official visit to Uruguay. In 2005, he represented the United Kingdom at President Tabaré Vázquez’s investiture ceremony.