Prince Charles and Camilla visit country whose prime minister wanted to replace Queen with president as head of state

The Prince of Wales greets schoolchildren as he arrives at Argyle International Airport, St Vincent and the Grenadines Credit: Jane Barlow/PA

Prince Charles and Camilla have arrived in St Vincent and the Grenadines - where the prime minister once campaigned to have the Queen replaced as head of state.

Ralph Gonsalves, who has been in power since 2001, backed a 2009 referendum to have the Queen replaced with an elected president but a majority of voters rejected the proposal.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived in the Commonwealth country for the latest leg of their Caribbean tour.

Waiting to meet the couple at the bottom of the steps of the RAF Voyager ministerial jet was the country’s Governor General Sir Frederick Ballantyne, the Queen’s representative in the country.

Charles and Camilla arrive at Argyle International Airport. Credit: Jane Barlow/PA

Nearby was the Commonwealth nation’s Mr Gonsalves – known as Comrade Ralph to many in his country.

Mr Gonsalves has forged ties with Cuba, Venezuela and Iran as he has tried to diversify the economy away from banana production.

Camilla welcomed at Argyle International Airport. Credit: Jane Barlow/PA

Charles and Camilla are making a one-day visit to the Caribbean country. The day excursion comes after the couple were photographed on a Barbados beach in their swimming costumes enjoying a down day.

Lionel Richie met the prince and his wife on Tuesday to mark the superstar becoming the Prince’s Trust’s first global ambassador.

The Duchess of Cornwall greets school children as she arrives in St Vincent and Grenadines. Credit: PA

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