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Prince Harry’s schedule has been released for his upcoming trip to Belize on March 2. The young royal, who will visit several Caribbean locations in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, will spend a short 23 ½ hours in the region. This time slot might seem small, but it will suffice for Harry to fulfill his royal duties. His commitments will include being present for the revealing of a Jubilee commemorative stamp and delivering a speech on behalf of the Queen at a street festival.
The Prince is expected to touch down in Belize on a private jet at the Phillip Goldson International Airport. According to Belizian.com: “…he will be received with a salute from the Belize Defense Force and meet officials at the VIP Lounge, including the Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. Dean Barrow, Leader of the Opposition Hon. Francis Fonseca and British High Commissioner to Belize, Patrick Ashworth.”
From the airport, the Prince will travel to the capital of Belize, the city of Belmopan, to meet the Governor General , Sir Colville Young. At this time, the jubilee commemorative stamps will be revealed, before Harry experiences a street festival and presents his speech.
At the festival, which will be open to the public, Harry will taste traditional foods of the region and watch presentations from the Mestizo, Creole and Garifuna cultures. The Prince will also be present as a street in the northwest area of the capitol City of Belmopan is re-named in honor of his grandmother, reports Belizean.com. He is expected to enjoy the festivities until around 8p.m.
Harry will continue his royal jubilee duties by flying to Bahamas on March third, to Jamaica on the fifth, and to Brazil on the ninth.
7 News Belize released the following statement from Diana Locke of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, regarding Prince Harry’s upcoming visit to Belize: “We have decided to promote Belize, basically, giving Prince Harry a best of Belizean lifestyle, culture, and what we have to offer from a Tourism perspective. That was of keen interest to the representatives that came here to meet with us. And, from the little that I have seen, I think that our program offers something extremely exciting for him, as opposed to some of his other stops. I’m not say that they are not going to be good, but I think that we’re going to be offering the best option. He is coming to Belize to represent Her Majesty, the Queen, in respect to the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. It’s not the kind of visit that we’ve done for Princess Anne and Prince Andrew, who came to Belize. This is different. It’s a more relaxed visit. It’s not as official as all the others. There is very little official activity in this visit, and I think that’s the way they like to keep it. On the Friday of his arrival, we’re doing a street party in Belmopan where they’re naming the boulevard after her Majesty, the Queen. And that’s where we’re going to have all our cultural entertainment, the party, the local food – that sort of stuff. The entire Belizean population, country-wide, is invited to that event. There are no invitations necessary. We will start from 4 o’clock in the evening. The party is expected to begin. People will be screened when they are going in. And it will run until 10 o’clock in the night. There will also be the drive from the airport, going through Ladyville, though the Boom Road into Belmopan. Unfortunately, he is not going to be able to come into Belize due to the time constraints. So, we’re using that route. People on the streets can actually be out there. We expect that they will slow down, and he will be looking at the villages, as we generally do. And of course, you won’t be able to miss the motorcade.”