His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales arrived in Antigua on a scheduled British Airways flight from Gatwick on the afternoon of the 20th November, inspecting an honour guard on the airport tarmac before attending a welcome reception hosted by the country’s Governor General, Sir Rodney Williams. Internationally known as Prince Harry, the fifth in line to the British throne will spend 15 days touring seven island nations in the Caribbean as the Queen’s representative.
The Governor General of Antigua welcomed Prince Harry with a reception at the newly restored Clarence House. The prince re-opened the historic building, designed for King William IV when he was governor general in the 18th Century, and where the prince’s great-aunt, Princess Margaret, spent two weeks of her honeymoon in 1960. The prestigious building had fallen into complete disrepair until British businessman Peter Harrison donated more than £2 million to renovate it.
On his first visit official visit to Antigua & Barbuda timed to coincide with the country’s recent 35th year of independence celebrations, Prince Harry read out a message from the Queen in which she recalled her “fond memories” of visiting Antigua on three occasions between 1966 and 1985. As a child, the prince visited Barbuda with his brother Prince William and their late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales on a winter holiday. Upon the princess’ passing the longest beach in Barbuda was renamed Princes Diana beach which was her favourite place on the island and one she visited many times.
During his fortnight visit he will also help mark the 50th anniversary of the independence of Barbados at a concert with performers including Rihanna.
Prince Harry will visit St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, Grenada, Barbados and Guyana on the following dates:
- Sunday, 20th November Antigua
- Monday, 21st November Antigua
- Tuesday, 22nd November Barbuda and Antigua
- Wednesday, 23rd November St Kitts and Nevis
- Thursday, 24th November St Lucia
- Friday, 25th November St Lucia
- Saturday, 26th November St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Sunday, 27th November Travel day
- Monday, 28th November Grenada
- Tuesday, 29th November Barbados
- Wednesday, 30th November Barbados
- Thursday, 1st December Barbados
- Friday, 2nd December Guyana
- Saturday, 3rd December Guyana
- Sunday, 4th December Guyana