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Prince Harry to visit Jamaica March 5

Published: Saturday February 25, 2012 | 3:32 pm Comments 0
Grandson of The Queen, His Royal Highness, Prince Harry
Grandson of The Queen, His Royal Highness, Prince Harry

Grandson of The Queen, His Royal Highness, Prince Henry of Wales (always known as Prince Harry), will visit Jamaica from March 5 to 8 on behalf of The Queen.

The four-day visit is in commemoration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – her 60th year since accession.

Prince Harry will arrive at the Norman Manley International Airport at 5 p.m. on March 5, where he will be accorded a 21-gun salute by a Guard of Honour furnished by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). He will be accommodated at King’s House, as the guest of Their Excellencies, Governor General the Most Hon Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen.

On Tuesday, March 6, Prince Harry will visit the Usain Bolt Track at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, where he will observe child athletes and young national athletes during a training session.

Prince Harry will then move on to the university’s Law Faculty, where he will witness a few minutes of a mock moot session. The Queen holds the title 'Visitor' at the university, and Prince Harry will unveil a plaque there in honour of his grandmother’s Diamond Jubilee.

Prince Harry will then visit children, parents and staff members at the Bustamante Hospital for Children. Lady Allen is involved in an outreach programme at the hospital and Their Excellencies will accompany Prince Harry.

He will also unveil a plaque on the main entry building in honour of The Queen.
Prince Harry will then be hosted by Prime Minister, the Most Hon Portia Simpson Miller at a lunch at the historic Devon House. He departs Devon House for the Victoria Jubilee Hospital and will unveil the statue, The Rings of Life, which marks three events in 2012: the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee; Jamaica’s Golden Jubilee as an independent nation; and the 120th anniversary of the founding of the Victoria Jubilee Hospital. The statue is the work of master sculptor, Basil Watson.

To end the second day of his visit, Prince Harry will hold separate audiences at King’s House, first with Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, followed by the Prime Minister. There will be a State Dinner where Prince Harry is expected to deliver one of the toasts.

On Wednesday, March 7, Prince Harry will be wearing military uniform for his visit to Up Park Camp.

Prince Harry will co-pilot a helicopter from the JDF Air Wing to the William Knibb Memorial High School playing field, and from there will commence an afternoon of sightseeing in the company of the Governor General and Lady Allen. During the tour, which starts at the Falmouth Pier, the Prince will spend a quiet moment at the William Knibb Memorial Baptist Church. After the tour, the Prince will visit the Good Hope Great House.

Later that evening, Prince Harry will be treated to a Jamaica Night event on the Sandals Royal Caribbean’s Kokomo Island in Montego Bay. The event is being staged by the Government in partnership with Sandals Resorts.

Prince Harry ends his visit to Jamaica on Thursday afternoon (March 8), when he departs from the Sangster International Airport.

Prince Harry’s visit to Jamaica is the final stop in his visits to Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean. The other two stops will be in Belize followed by The Bahamas. This is the first time that Prince Harry will be on an official duty on behalf of The Queen. It is also his first time in the Caribbean.

editorial@gleanerjm.com

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