Britain’s Prince Harry is set to head for the Caribbean, visiting seven countries during a two-week trip on official duty. The prince will represent his grandmother Queen Elizabeth during the royal tour from Nov. 20 to Dec. 4, his office at Kensington Palace said Tuesday.
Harry will begin his tour with a visit to the Realms of Antigua and Barbuda — celebrating their 35th anniversary of independence. The prince will also undertake a number of day trips to other nearby countries including St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada. On behalf of the Foreign Office, he will also visit Guyana, and will be present in the country, as well as in Barbados, for both the nations' celebration of their 50th year of independence from the British.
A spokesman for the prince reportedly said in a statement: “Prince Harry is honored 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.”
As a part of the Queen’s diamond jubilee of her reign, Harry previously toured the Caribbean in 2012. He had also visited the region as a young boy with his late mother Princess Diana.
“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,” the statement read. “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.”
During the visit, the fourth-in-line to the British throne will learn about local projects, especially focusing on areas of his interest — conservation, youth empowerment, and sport for social development. In Barbados, he is scheduled to visit a number of organizations that are working to address social issues affecting the area.
“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.”