Sunday, 27 November 2016

Prince Harry in the Caribbean, Day Seven: St Vincent

Prince Harry in St Vincent during his tour of the Caribbean
(photo Kensington Palace Twitter)

Day seven of Prince Harry's tour of the Caribbean took him to country number four as he stopped in St Vincent and the Grenadines. There were beaches, there were forests and there was a moment when Harry came face to face with himself. Welcome to day seven of Harry in the Caribbean.

Prince Harry came ashore in St Vincent at Kingstown Cruise Terminal Pier on the morning of November 26th 2016 where an official welcome, led by Governor General Sir Frederik Ballantyne, awaited. Harry watched a military parade and inspected the Guard before heading off for a packed day of engagements.

Clearly, Harry has got used to changing in the back of the car because not for the first time on this Caribbean tour, the prince left the official parts of the visit in a suit and arrived at his next stop in casual clothes. This time, Harry was spending time at the oldest tropical gardens in the western world, the Botanic Gardens in Kingstown, which were set up in 1765.

Before the serious business of tree planting got under way, Harry said hello to a parrot. This particular bird, the St Vincent parrot, is - not surprisingly, given its name - the national bird of Harry's host country. The one the prince met seemed to get on very well with its royal visitor. Harry also honoured the national tree of St Vincent by planting his very own Baobab at the gardens.

There have already been several dedications of forest now part of the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy and in St Vincent, part of the Vermont Nature Trail joined this special project.

Harry took a walk along part of the trail before doing the official bit and unveiling the plaque dedicating it to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy and then the unofficial bit by tucking into a coconut.

 We've got used to seeing Harry on the beach during this Caribbean tour and on day seven, he took a stroll along Colonarie which has just become a Protected Turtle Nesting Habitat. The prince met some of the young people working on projects to safeguard the environment while he was there.

The quick car change was back on as the casual khaki shirt was replaced by the suit and tie again at a reception given by the Governor General as evening fell on day seven.

Harry presented Duke of Edinburgh Award winners with their accolades and met some of the Queen's Young Leaders from St Vincent. And then he came face to face with himself as local artist, Calvert Jones, presented the prince with a portrait that took years off him.

Then it was time to sail away - day eight, November 27th, is a travel day. On November 29th, Harry will arrive in Grenada.

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