Prince Harry’s Caribbean Tour Begins with a Message from the Queen

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Prince Harry has landed in Antigua!

On Sunday, he kicked off an official royal visit to the Caribbean when he landed at the island’s V.C. Bird International Airport. Clad in an expertly tailored navy suit and icy blue tie, the prince inspected the guard at the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force military parade as he started his two-week tour.

Harry’s visit marks two momentous occasions: the 35th anniversary of independence in Antigua and Barbuda and the 50th anniversary of independence in Barbados and Guyana.

 

 

The handsome royal traveled on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II for the festivities and on Sunday delivered a message from her.

“Prince Philip and I send our warmest wishes to Antigua and Barbuda on the occasion of this celebration to mark 35 years of Independence,” he read for his grandmother. “I will never forget the warmth of your people and the incredible natural beauty of the islands. It has been a great privilege for me to watch Antigua and Barbuda develop into the confident country it is today with a strong national identity and a positive outlook.”

Watch Prince Harry read the message here:

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Seven countries are on his itinerary: Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Barbados, and Guyana. Harry is set to visit different charities and unveil dedications to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project during his visit. He will also meet Rihanna when he heads to Barbados: an encounter that will certainly produce some of our favorite photos of the year.

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