Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Prince Harry Visits the West Indies

Prince Harry of Wales
     Prince Harry of Wales is on a two week visit to the Caribbean as the Queen’s representative as the monarch no longer undertakes long distance engagements. Six of the seven countries the prince will visit are Commonwealths where the Queen is still head of state. Prince Harry will be stopping at  Antigua and Barbuda which are celebrating 35 years since the end of direct British rule along with a visit to Barbados and Guyana that are marking their 50 years since independence.

Prince Harry’s two-week visit to the West Indies will include visits to seven countries, including Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Barbados and Guyana.   Prince Harry’s itinerary included the re-dedication for the island’s Clarence House in historic English Harbour.  It wasn’t the first trip to the island for Prince Harry, who first visited Antigua and Barbuda as a child with his mother, Princess Diana.   It will be Prince Harry’s second official visit to the Caribbean following his first trip to the West Indies in 2012, when he was representing Queen Elizabeth II during her diamond jubilee.

Prince Harry and Usain Bolt
     His itinerary will include a wide range of engagements, from meetings with conservationists to talks with well-known cultural figures and sporting stars.   Indeed, his last visit to the Caribbean saw a good-natured “race” between Prince Harry and Jamaican sporting legend Usain Bolt.