The Queen’s Caribbean Stock was up by 7.3 per cent in 2017 to £16.8 billion, a figure that’s risen by nearly 50 per cent since 2009, according to a report by the Queen and the Queen Mother.
It means that the UK is now the world’s second-largest exporter of caribbeys.
The Queen, who has a longstanding interest in the Caribbean, is the patron of the Caribbean Centre for Development in London, a centre that focuses on Caribbean issues.
She also has a long-standing interest in preserving the Caribbean’s natural beauty.
“The Queen’s Caribbean Stock is one of the great stocks in the world, it is the most important source of economic value for our country, it’s the biggest single source of income for the people of the UK and it’s also one of our greatest assets,” says Simon McBride, head of the Queen Elizabeth Islands Programme.
“If we can maintain that stock for a long time, we can provide that wealth to our people and provide them with that opportunity to be self-sufficient, to be able to live off the land and to be a self-sustaining society.”
The Royal Caribbeans is one member of the Caribbean Islands, which is also home to the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
It’s also the home of the Royal Navy, which has been stationed in the region for more than a century.
“I’m proud of our people, and I know how to manage the stock,” the Queen said in her annual Christmas message.
“When you go into the Caribbean in the spring, you will find that the water is really rich in minerals, and that the islands are beautiful.
And I know that the Queen, as you know, is always looking after our people.
She is very good at managing the stock.”
It’s worth noting that the market has been buoyed by the fact that the United States has stepped up its support for the islanders, which are still facing a massive decline in the number of carabys they can export.
The U.S. is now selling some caribbles at a premium, but that doesn’t mean that the stock is down for the world.
The Royal Caribbean Stock grew by over 30 per cent over the past five years, the largest increase since the 1960s, when the company was founded.
The report also highlights the Queen in her role as a global ambassador, as she travels around the world to raise awareness about the region.
“We want the people in the UK to know that there are millions of Caribbees all over the world who are going to be looking for the best caribbees for their needs, and they are going with us,” McBride says.
“And the Royal Caribbean is proud to be the largest source of the caribbee for the UK.”
In 2018, the Queen will mark the centenary of her birth and the annual Easter of Mercy, which marks the first time the Queen has visited a cemetery in her own country.
“She is a global icon,” McBryde says.
The Caribbean Centre, which promotes the island’s interests, is currently planning a “re-opening of the world” ceremony in 2020, to mark the anniversary of the death of King Edward VIII.
The annual Easter will also be commemorated in 2018 with a special event in London.
“One of the highlights of the annual event will be a royal visit to the Caracas cemetery in London,” McBrode says, adding that it will also include a special reception for the Queen on the island of St Kitts.
“It’s a very special moment in the life of the island, and it is a day for all of us to come together and say ‘Thank you for all that you’ve done for us’,” McBride adds.
“What’s happening here is a continuation of the legacy of the King, and what he did for the Caribbean people and for us as a country.”
The Queen is due to visit the island this spring.
“Hopefully we’ll see the Queen again in 2020,” McBreed says.