Happy 89th Birthday to the Visitor!!!

Interesting post from the UWI Archives on the on-going connection between the British monarch and the UWI. The UWI’s 1962 Royal Charter is currently on display at the UWI Museum.

Roots of the West Indian Pelican

Queen Elizabeth II (image credit: David Bailey, http://time.com/69463/queen-elizabeth-birthday-portrait/) Queen Elizabeth II (image credit: David Bailey, http://time.com/69463/queen-elizabeth-birthday-portrait/)

April 29 marks the 89th birthday of the Monarch of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, and Visitor of The University of the West Indies, HM Queen Elizabeth II .  The University of the West Indies enjoys a special relationship with the British Crown, a bond stipulated in the Royal Charter of the University.

The Royal Charter of The UWI with the Royal Seal attached. The Royal Charter of The UWI with the Royal Seal attached.

Article Six (6) of the 1972 Royal Charter provides that Monarch, her heirs and successors, has “Visitorial Authority”, and shall be regarded as Visitor of the University. In exercising this authority, The Monarch, her heirs and successors, can “inspect the University, its buildings, laboratories and general work, equipment and also the examination, teaching and other activities of the University” from time to time.

Her Majesty, with HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as well as several other members of the Royal Family, have…

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