The Queen's role

Her Majesty is The Queen of Grenada, an island country in the Eastern Caribbean. This means that she has a unique relationship with the country: in all of her official duties relating to Grenada, she speaks and acts as Queen of Grenada, completely separate to her role as Queen of the UK. Ties between the Royal Family and the Caribbean nation have been strengthened through Royal visits to the islands, as well as regular contact with Grenada through the Governor-General.

As a constitutional monarch, The Queen is not involved in the day-to-day business of government in Grenada, though she continues to play important ceremonial and symbolic roles.  

Her Majesty is represented in Grenada on a day-to-day basis by a Governor-General. He or she is appointed by The Queen on the advice of the ministers of Grenada and is completely independent of the British Government. 

The Queen is fully briefed on developments in Grenada by means of regular communications from her ministers in the country, as well as meetings with High Commissioner in the UK.

Royal visits

The Queen first visited Grenada as part of her Caribbean tour of 1966, and was welcomed into the capital city St George's with singing by local schoolchildren. Her Majesty also watched a variety performance, viewed an agricultural display and planted a tree during her time on the island. In 1985, Her Majesty returned to open Parliament in St George's.



Royal Collection

Royal Tour of Grenada, 1966

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh wave to crowds as they are driven along in an open-topped car during their first visit to the country

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2012 – the year of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – saw a visit from The Earl and Countess of Wessex on behalf of Her Majesty. Their itinerary included a youth event at the National Stadium in St George's and a reception for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award winners.

In 2015 The Princess Royal, President of Emerging Leaders Dialogue Canada, visited Grenada as part of her trip to attend the Caribbean Canada Emerging Leaders Dialogue.

Prince Harry visited Grenada in 2016, on behalf of The Queen.

​Prince Harry's engagements included meetings with the Prime Minister, and his announcement of nine new Royal Household hospitality scholarships which will give professionals across the nine Caribbean Realms the opportunity to undergo training at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle for six weeks next year, culminating in Royal Ascot week in June 2017.

 

 

The Queen's Young Leaders

The Queen's Young Leaders Programme celebrates and supports the work of inspirational young people across the Commonwealth.

One of the Young Leaders announced for 2016 was Ali Dowden, who has worked with a number of charities in Grenada to tackle issues such as cancer, kidney disease and mental health. Ali also co-founded the HEON Project (Help Educate Our Nation), which provides grants to enable young Grenadians to take training courses or enter into further education.