Prince Harry to unveil dedications to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, during early December visit


The British High Commission today confirmed that Prince Harry will be in Guyana from December 02-04, 2016.


In a statement from the British envoy here, High Commissioner H.E. Greg Quinn disclosed that the Prince will be visiting different parts of the country.


“I am happy that we are now able to confirm the dates of Prince Harry’s visit at the start of December.  Further details on the programme will follow in due course, but we are excited that the Prince will also be able to travel into the Hinterland, as well as undertaking activities in Georgetown” he noted.


As previously announced, the Prince will undertake an official visit to the Caribbean, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, on the occasion of the 35th Anniversary of Independence in Antigua and Barbuda, and the 50th Anniversary of Independence in Barbados and Guyana. His Royal Highness will carry out 14 days of official engagements in Her Majesty’s Realms where The Queen is Sovereign, and Guyana – a member of the Commonwealth.


Prince Harry will visit seven countries including the Realms of Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, and Barbados, as well as Guyana on behalf of the Foreign Office.


The visit will begin on Sunday  November 20 and end on Sunday December 4. This will be Prince Harry’s second official visit to the Caribbean following his first tour to the region in 2012 when HRH represented Her Majesty during the Diamond Jubilee.


According to a Kensington Palace Spokesperson, “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.”


It is expected that the visit will allow Prince Harry to experience more of the unique and individual cultures and traditions of these countries.


“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 statement added.


Prince Harry will take the opportunity to learn more about local projects and initiatives, including those focusing on conservation, youth empowerment, and sport for social development.


He will take in some of the natural sights of the Hinterland, as well as witness how eco-tourism and a focus on conservation have changed the lives of the people here.


On Her Majesty’s behalf, Prince Harry will unveil a number of dedications to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, a forestry project which invites Commonwealth countries to dedicate indigenous forest to be preserved in perpetuity for future generations. The first dedication was unveiled by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia on their recent tour to Canada.

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