The contribution of Jamaicans to the UK has been immense – Charles

Charles said that Jamaicans “remain a vibrant, loved and respected part of our society”, and remarked that the strong relationship between Britain and Jamaica “has been established for centuries, and is strengthened by the many contacts between us”. Going away. People.”

Words from the Heir to the Throne were read by the Right Reverend Rose Hudson Wilkin, Bishop of Dover, at a service of praise and thanksgiving in Birmingham to commemorate Jamaica’s Independence Day.

In his message, Charles said: “The contribution of the Jamaican people to the life of this country is immeasurable.

“Britain is grateful to the many Jamaicans who proudly served in the British Armed Forces in the First and Second World Wars, and to those who, in 1948, sailed from Jamaica to Britain on the HMT Empire Windrush. To help us rebuild our country from the ravages of war.

“The 800 Jamaicans who arrived at Windrush came to symbolize an entire generation.

“Their courage, ingenuity and determination, and the courage of their children and grandchildren, shape and strengthen our communities and our society.

“To mark the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush pioneers, and those who arrived on subsequent ships, I have created portraits of some of the many who came across the Caribbean to start a new life here. came from

The Prince of Wales meets members of the Jamaican team during his visit to the Commonwealth Games (Phil Noble/PA) / PA Wire

“My hope is to use this project to honor and further celebrate this special generation, and to ensure that what they have done for this country is forever understood and appreciated.

“Today, the Jamaican is a vibrant, well-loved and respected part of our society.

“Its impact is felt in every area of ​​our public life, in all aspects of our culture and in every sector of our economy. As a result, we are a stronger, more vibrant society.

Charles said he had recently met Jamaican athletes and was reminded of his visits to Jamaica over the years, including in 1966 when he attended the Commonwealth Games with his father and his sister. was

“It’s a visit I remember fondly and I know my father enjoyed it,” he said.

Barbados took the historic step of replacing the Queen as head of state in November last year, electing its first president during Charles’ witnessing ceremony.

Duke of Cambridge with Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Hollins (PA). / PA Wire

During the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to the Caribbean in March, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Hollins suggested to the royal couple that his country could follow suit.

Next year marks 75 years since the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks in 1948, at the invitation of the British Government, bringing people from the Caribbean to help rebuild Britain after the Second World War.

From the late 1940s to 1971, thousands of men, women and children left the Caribbean for Britain.

But in the Windrush scandal, members of the Windrush generation and their children were wrongly detained and even deported – and others were denied official documents, healthcare, Denied access to work, housing benefits and pensions.

A report into the scandal, published in 2020, found it was “likely and avoidable”, blaming victims for “systemic operational failures” at the Home Office.

The review found that the department demonstrated “institutional ignorance and indifference” to the race issue and the history of the Windrush breed.