The Queen has entrusted Prince Harry with a huge royal responsibility – the 32 year-old will carry out 14 days of official engagements in Her Majesty's Realms of the Caribbean where The Queen is Sovereign, and Guyana – a member of the Commonwealth.
Kensington Palace took to social media to announce the solo tour, which will take place from November 20 – December 4 for the 35th Anniversary of Independence in Antigua and Barbuda, and the 50th Anniversary of Independence in Barbados and Guyana.
Harry will kick off the visit in the Realms of Antigua and Barbuda before undertaking a series of day trips to nearby countries including St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada.
Harry last toured the Caribbean in 2012, during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. He also visited St Kitts and Nevis with his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, when he was just eight.
At the time, Princess Diana had split with Prince Charles just weeks before, and the trip was said to be the perfect place to relax for them.
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A Kensington Palace Spokesperson said:
“Prince Harry is honoured to be representing The Queen, in the year of her 90th birthday, particularly as Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and Guyana mark their own important anniversaries of independence.
“Prince Harry holds special memories of his last visit to the Caribbean, and of the warmth, friendliness and sense of fun that comes so naturally to this region. His Royal Highness is greatly looking forward to meeting more of the people who call it home, and for the opportunity during this tour to be visiting some countries for the first time.”
The palace revealed that Harry is “grateful” for the opportunity to visit the countries.
When the tour was first announced last month, social media went into meltdown. One user commented, “THE ISLAND IS DEFINITELY SMALL ENOUGH TO FIND HIM.”
Another simply added: “Time for a vacation.”
The palace also said that Prince William will make an official visit to Vietnam next month. A strong supporter of conservation charities, William is to attend a conference on the illegal wildlife trade.