Prince Harry's visit to Antigua and Barbuda

Published 10 November 2016

Prince Harry is visiting Antigua and Barbuda between Sunday 20th November and Tuesday 22nd November as part of his official visit to the Caribbean on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen between 20th November and 4th December.

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Sunday 20th November

Upon arrival at V.C. Bird International Airport on a scheduled, commercial flight, Prince Harry will be met by the sights and sounds so traditionally associated with the Caribbean, as a local band provides the soundtrack for an Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force military parade, during which His Royal Highness will formally inspect the Guard. That evening, Prince Harry will attend a reception hosted by the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams, featuring cultural performances introducing His Royal Highness to Antiguan life. This will be the very first event held at the newly renovated Clarence House, a historic building which overlooks the spectacular Nelson's Dockyard and English Harbour. Evenings in this part of Antigua are renowned for their stunning sunsets, as Prince Harry will hopefully see on his first night in the Eastern Caribbean.

Monday 21st November

His Royal Highness's first morning in Antigua will kick off with a Youth Sports Festival at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Many Caribbean Islands have a fantastic record of producing some of the finest cricket players in the world, and Antigua is no exception.  Prince Harry will be hosted by three of Antigua & Barbuda's cricketing legends: Sir Vivian Richards, Sir Andy Roberts and Sir Curtly Ambrose. Together they will tour the grounds meeting local children and young people showcasing the many national sports played in Antigua and Barbuda. The power of sport to create positive change for young people and communities is a key focuses of Prince Harry's official work.

From there, His Royal Highness will attend a Charities Showcase event in the tropical grounds of Government House, in Antigua's capital St John's. Charities including the Nolan Hue and the Halo Foundation, Scouts and the Girl Guides, will highlight the crucial work that they are carrying out in Antigua and Barbuda. That evening, His Royal Highness will visit Barnacle Point to attend a reception hosted by Prime Minister Mr Gaston Browne, at which a number of Antiguan and Barbudan young cultural ambassadors will also be in attendance.

Tuesday 22nd November

Day three of the tour will see Prince Harry leave the shores of Antigua for a short helicopter ride to its sister island of Barbuda. This island remains untouched in many areas, and with a population of around 1800 residents, its famous pink and white sandy beaches can often seem deserted. The same cannot be said however for the nearby lagoons where thousands of Frigate birds flock to each year for their annual mating season, making Barbuda one of the world's largest colonies for this species. His Royal Highness will get up close to these impressive birds on a boat tour through the mangroves.

Back on shore, Prince Harry will make the short walk to one of two schools in Barbuda, Holy Trinity Primary School. Here His Royal Highness will join the school children busy preparing celebrations for the school's 93rd anniversary of their Founders' Day. His Royal Highness will then travel the short distance up the road to Sir McChesney George High School, Barbuda's secondary school with an impressive attitude towards conservation and promoting sustainability. Here, Prince Harry will see how students manage and utilise the natural resources they have access to in Barbuda as a small island state; whether it be practicing water harvesting, cultivating crops, or poultry farming, and meet the pupils who are empowered and knowledgeable as a result.

That afternoon, back in Antigua, Prince Harry will unveil the first of four dedications towards The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy project at the Victoria Park Botanical Gardens in St John's. The visit coincides with the city's annual Arbour Day Fair, part of an innovative sustainable programme which encourages the public to return used plant bags in exchange for a tree of their own choosing. Prince Harry will meet those behind the scheme, including those growing 90,000 trees to be planted across the island, before unveiling a commemorative plaque to mark the dedication of the park to the QCC, next to an enormous Rubber tree that dominates the gardens.

Prince Harry is visiting Antigua and Barbuda as part of his official visit to the Caribbean on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. Find out more about the visit here.