Even though he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties, he is not forgetting those most dear to him
Speaking out to mark Grenada’s 50th anniversary of Independence, the monarch is sending his ‘congratulations and warmest good wishes’ to the country.
Charles said he holds ‘special memories’ after visiting the island with the Queen five years ago.
In his statement, he also apologised that he could not ‘be with you in person’ to celebrate the ‘momentous milestone’.
Earlier today it emerged that the King is expected to resume his weekly audiences with Rishi Sunak in person in two weeks.
Asked if the prime minister would travel to Sandringham for their discussion his official spokesperson said: ‘We don’t in general and we are not going to get into the habit of commenting on the PM’s conversations with the King.
‘But we have agreed with the Palace in this specific instance to confirm that they will be speaking on the phone later’”
Charles holds a private weekly audience with the PM to discuss all government matters.
His full statement to Grenada read: ‘Over these past five decades, I have watched with the deepest admiration as you have built your nation and forged Grenada’s distinct place in the world, and as an essential member of our Commonwealth family.
‘Together, you have established Grenada as an exemplar of democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
‘Together, you have risen to the most critical challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss by offering the world an example of leadership, resilience and innovation.
‘Together, you have given life to the words of your national anthem: “Aspire, build, advance!”
‘My wife and I hold such special memories of our visit to your beautiful “Spice Island” five years ago, and of the warm and touching welcome you extended to us.
‘Then, as whenever I have met Grenadians anywhere in the world, I was struck by your resilience, the strength of your community and by your shared determination to make a positive difference.
‘In this Grenadian spirit you can take the greatest pride. Whether through the remarkable contributions of Grenada’s artists, musicians and authors, or the triumphs of your athletes, all of whom have enjoyed such extraordinary success, “473 to the World” is an inspiration to us all.
‘I can only say how sorry I am that I cannot be with you in person to mark this momentous milestone, and to enjoy a little Oil Down with you all!
‘My thoughts are with everyone across Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique, and all those in the Grenadian diaspora – “one people, one family” – as you celebrate everything you have achieved and all that your future holds.
‘My family join me in sending our heartfelt congratulations to you all.’
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