Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Prince Harry in the Caribbean - Barbados

Prince Harry at the Nightengale Children's Centre in Barbados on day ten of his Caribbean tour
(photo Kensington Palace Twitter)

It was all change for Prince Harry as he arrived in Barbados for the next stage of his tour of the Caribbean. He got a new place to lay his head and a chance to stay up late for work. Welcome to Barbados and Prince Harry's Caribbean Tour.

Since he arrived on November 20th for the visit, being carried out on behalf of the Queen, the prince has spent six nights on board RFA Wave Knight. But the ship sailed off without him as he started this part of the visit and before the official formalities got under way, that well brought up young prince said thank you to the people who had been looking after him for ten days and said his goodbyes.

Once on shore, there was an official welcome for Prince Harry at Bridgetown Port with a military parade.

Things stayed very traditional for a tour as Harry headed off for an audience with the Governor General at the official residence, signing the visitors book and presenting young people with their International Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

From there, it was off to a meeting with the Prime Minister of Barbados, Freundel Stuart, where the chat seemed warm even if the weather outside was non stop drizzle.

The next stage of the Barbados visit, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the country's independence, was a trip to the Nightengale Children's Home where there was a big reception for Harry - he has had a warm welcome everywhere throughout the tour so far.

The home looks after children from birth to the age of eighteen. Harry heard about the support given to them and opened two new buildings. He was also given a display of road tennis, popular in Barbados since the 1930s, and seemingly just as popular with the children from Nightengale's now.

Harry was due to attend a midnight ceremony marking the moment when Barbados celebrated 50 years of independence to see the reveal of the 50th Anniversary of Independence National Monument, designed by 24 year old Taisha Carrington.  Prince Harry will be back at the Garrison Savannah on day eleven on his Caribbean tour. He will also attend a huge concert in the evening, marking the anniversary of independence in Barbados.

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