Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 26, 2016 (SKNIS)—His Royal Highness (HRH), Prince Henry of Wales, better known as Prince Harry, will pay an official visit to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis on November 23, 2016, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen. While in the Federation, Prince Harry will be engaged in a number of activities that are to be announced.
Prince Harry will carry out two weeks of official engagements, from November 20 to December 4, in Her Majesty’s Realms where the Queen is sovereign, and will also carry out engagements in Guyana, which is a member of the Commonwealth.
The Royal Tour will begin in Antigua and Barbuda on Sunday, November 20 and from there Prince Harry will visit several nearby countries including St. Lucia on November 24, St. Vincent and the Grenadines on November 26 and Grenada on November 28.
His Royal Highness’ visit comes at a time when Antigua and Barbuda would have celebrated its 35th Anniversary of Independence on November 1. Prince Harry will join in celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of Independence in Barbados, which takes place on November 30. He will disembark on Barbados on November 29. A press release from Kensington Palace on the Prince’s visit states that “Prince Harry is looking forward to joining the many thousands of Barbadians who will be celebrating this occasion” and that “His Royal Highness will also visit a number of charities and organisations in Barbados which carry out important work to address social issues that affect the region.” Prince Harry will also visit the Republic of Guyana in its 50th Year of Independence, which it achieved from the United Kingdom on 26th May, 1966. The country became a republic on 23rd February 1970 and has remained a Member of the Commonwealth. He will arrive in Guyana on December 02. The Kensington Palace press release further states that while in Guyana “His Royal Highness will take in some of the natural sights of the Hinterland, as well as witnessing how eco-tourism and a focus on conservation have changed the lives of the people in this area.”
Kensington Palace said that “On Her Majesty’s behalf, Prince Harry will unveil a number of dedications to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, a forestry project which invites Commonwealth countries to dedicate indigenous forest to be preserved in perpetuity for future generations. The first dedication was unveiled by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia on their recent tour to Canada.”
A Kensington Palace Spokesperson said:
“Prince Harry is honoured to be representing The Queen, in the year of her 90th birthday, particularly as Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and Guyana mark their own important anniversaries of independence.
“Prince Harry holds special memories of his last visit to the Caribbean, and of the warmth, friendliness and sense of fun that comes so naturally to this region. His Royal Highness is greatly looking forward to meeting more of the people who call it home, and for the opportunity during this tour to be visiting some countries for the first time.
“This visit will allow Prince Harry to experience more of the unique and individual cultures and traditions of these special Commonwealth Realms and countries. His Royal Highness is grateful to have the chance to visit nations that play such important roles in the Commonwealth, and have extended such warmth to his family for many years.”