Protesters in St Lucia have demanded apologies and reparations from the Queen during a visit by the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Edward and Sophie had received a warm welcome to the island, but were met by a group of around 10 protesters on a visit to a cocoa plantation.

One protester, who did not give his name, said: "We want reparations now. The Queen of England needs to apologise for slavery."

Another added: "London Bridge is falling down."

They held banners saying "repatriation with reparations" and "Queen say sorry" while playing drums and chanting.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a similar reception on their tour of the region last month.

Speaking in Jamaica, Prince William expressed his "profound sorrow" over the slave trade, which "forever stains our history".

He and Kate were accused of benefiting from the "blood, tears and sweat" of slaves and met by a protest calling for reparations from the British monarchy.

The Wessexes’ visit to Grenada was called off earlier in their tour to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with the Royal Family told by Antigua and Barbuda to avoid "phony sanctimony" over slavery.

Inside the plantation on St Lucia, the countess attempted to grind cocoa beans and listened to staff talk about the impact of the pandemic on trade and tourism.

The earl and countess did meet some supporters on the island, with one telling them during a walkabout in the town of Soufriere: "I salute you, my prince".

They had arrived in the town by boat and were welcomed with flowers.

Edward and Sophie then headed to Sulphur Springs, where they learned about the evolution of the volcano. The countess put her hand in the water, remarking: "It’s as warm as a hot bath".

They later visited a stadium in Soufriere, where they watched a performance celebrating the island’s young people, and eventually joined in waving St Lucian flags.

There had been similar protests earlier in the tour in St Vincent and Grenadines, where some campaigners told the Wessexes "compensation now" and "Britain your debt is outstanding".

While in Antigua and Barbuda, the earl and countess were told to wield their "diplomatic influence" to provide "repertory justice" by Gaston Browne, the prime minister.

Edward, the Queen’s youngest son, was accused of "disinterest" during Mr Browne’s speech by anti-monarchists after he laughed nervously when asked to respond.

Edward joked he had not taken notes during the speech so was unable to respond to Mr Browne’s points – but the prime minister did not laugh.

Their visit to Grenada was called off, after "consultation with the government of Grenada and on the advice of the governor general", according to Buckingham Palace.

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