Prince Harry visits St Vincent and the Grenadines

Published 26 November 2016

Prince Harry has visited St Vincent and the Grenadines on the seventh day of his Caribbean tour.

Day seven of Prince Harry's visit to the Caribbean saw His Royal Highness visit the picturesque island of St Vincent, part of the chain of islands making up the Realm of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

His Royal Highness was met off the boat at Kingstown Cruise Terminal Pier by the Governor General His Excellency Sir Frederick Ballantyne, before attending a military parade, at which he formally inspected the Guard.

From there, Prince Harry travelled to Kingstown's Botanic Gardens, the oldest tropical gardens in the Western world, which celebrated their 250th anniversary in 2015.

Boasting a wealth of tropical plants, flowers, trees and birds, the gardens are also home to the beautiful St. Vincent Parrot, the Amazona Guildingii, the country's national bird.

Here, His Royal Highness toured the site, watching a number of cultural performances and planting a commemorative Baobab tree to mark the visit.

Prince Harry then visited the Vermont Nature Trail, located in St Vincent's beautiful southern interior. His Royal Highness walked a short part of a trail that hikers worldwide travel to the country to enjoy, meeting local guides and those who work on the trail's maintenance en route. Here, Prince Harry unveiled a dedication to The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy.

That afternoon, His Royal Highness visited one of St Vincent's beaches to learn more about the country's initiatives which inspire young people through education in schools to care about and protect the endangered population of sea turtles on St Vincent's shores.

Following an announcement from the Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, declaring it illegal to catch or kill sea turtles or disturb their nests in St Vincent, Prince Harry heard directly from the local school children about the various conservation projects they're involved in to help preserve these endangered species.

Before departing St Vincent, Prince Harry attended a reception hosted by the Governor General and the Prime Minister at the Cruise Ship Terminal.

There His Royal Highness also honoured Duke of Edinburgh Award winners nd met some young Queen's Young Leaders in the nation.