Prince Harry the island hopper!
The royal is heading to the Caribbean from November 20 to December 4 to represent his grandmother Queen Elizabeth in seven countries, including the Realms of Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Barbados,” his office at Kensington Palace announced Tuesday. He will also visit Guyana on behalf of the Foreign Office.
Harry will begin his two-week tour in Antigua and Barbuda, which is one of three countries he will visit that is marking a significant independence anniversary in 2016 — the 35th anniversary of independence. He will also be in Barbados and Guyana as they mark 50 years of independence.
The prince last toured the Caribbean in 2012 during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee of her reign. And he took a vacation there with late mom Princess Diana when he was 8 – and got into some mischievous fun!
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In a statement, a press spokesman for the prince said, “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.
“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.”
From Antigua and Barbuda, Harry is set to take some day trips to nearby countries to learn about local projects, including those focusing on conservation, youth empowerment, and sport for social development.
In Barbados, amid the anniversary celebrations, he will also visit a number of charities and organizations which carry out important work to address social issues that affect the region.
In Guyana, Harry 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, his office says.