Caribbean diaspora played key role in coronation

Baroness Valerie Amos

Four members of the United Kingdom’s Caribbean diaspora played a key role in Saturday’s coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla.

Baroness Floella Benjamin, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago, carried the Sovereign’s Sceptre ahead of the King’s arrival.

“It was a truly magnificent experience carrying the Coronation Sceptre with Dove, which represents peace, mercy, equality and love which is everything I believe in love,” the Member of the House of Lords and former television presenter wrote on Twitter following the ceremony.

Guyana-born Baroness, Valerie Amos, participated in King Charles III’s Recognition Ceremony at the start of the coronation.

“I here present unto you King Charles, your undoubted King. Wherefore all you who are come this day to do your homage and service, are you willing to do the same?” she asked the King.

The attendees all replied: “God save King Charles.”

The Jamaica-born Bishop of Dover, Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin, presented Queen Camilla with The Queen’s Sceptre with Cross and The Queen’s Rod with Dove.

British-Jamaican baritone singer and composer, Roderick Williams, sang the ‘Confortare’ anthem, which was a throw-back to the coronation of Charles III’s grandfather George VI.

Several Caribbean leaders including the Prime Ministers of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis were at the ceremony to witness the coronation.