Monument dedicated to Prince unveiled

By Marc Membrere 01 November 2021, 10:45PM

The U.K. High Commission in Samoa recently unveiled a monument in Savai'i in honor of a visit to the big island close to 30 years ago by Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex.

The monument was officially dedicated on Wednesday last week at Prince Edward Park in Iva, Savai'i with the UK Acting High Commissioner to Samoa, Ian Richards as well as Iva villagers in attendance. 

The new monument will include the monument itself, new billboard signage and the renovation of the park’s changing facilities.

Mr. Richards told the Samoa Observer on Monday that it was an honour to unveil the new monument at the Prince Edward Park last Wednesday.

“What a great afternoon we spent at Iva’s Prince Edward Park on 27 October,” Mr. Richards told this newspaper on Monday.

“It was a real honour to unveil a new monument to [His Royal Highness] Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, commemorating his visit in 1992; as well as two billboards which will help visitors find their way to the park for future sports events; and, of great significance to the local players, refurbished changing rooms.”

The Acting High Commissioner said that the activities finished off style with the inaugural match of this year’s Island of Origin competition.

“This was narrowly won by Upolu but it was a close game played in a positive spirit: I am only sorry Prince Edward was not there to watch it,” he said.

The Prince Edward Park in Iva Savaii was officially opened by Prince Edward during a visit to Savaii on 13 October 1992.

The monument was designed and installed by the artist, Papalii Penehuro Papalii of Beautiful Expressions of Nature Art Gallery.

According to the British Royal Family's website, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, is the youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and is 14th in line of succession to the British throne.

By Marc Membrere 01 November 2021, 10:45PM
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