Royal couple makes history walking streets of Havana

| 25/03/2019 | 5 Comments
Cayman News Service

Prince Charles and Camilla in Havana, Cuba

(CNS): The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall took a walking tour around Havana’s old city on Monday, as they made history as the first British royals to ever visit Cuba. Charles and Camilla still have a packed agenda in Cuba, where they will say until Monday afternoon, when they will leave for the final stop on their Caribbean tour, the Cayman Islands. While the visit here is being seen as a great coup for Cayman, the trip to Cuba is the most important leg of the trip from the UK government’s perspective as it is an attempt to help form closer ties between the countries.

The royal couple flew to Cuba on Sunday. Commonwealth and Overseas Territories Minister Lord Ahmad is expected to join them for the remainder of their visit — a clear indication that Downing Street views the Cuban visit as an important opportunity to develop new avenues with a country that has already begun the process of opening up economically and socially.

While Barack Obama became the first US president to visit Cuba in 88 years when he travelled there in 2016, so far no British prime minister has ever set foot on Cuban soil.

Charles and Camilla are expected to dine with Cuba’s president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, Monday night and they are scheduled to meet members of the Buena Vista Social Club at a Havana recording studio on Tuesday, among other engagements.

By the time the near two-week royal tour of the Caribbean ends, when they leave Cayman on Thursday night, the septuagenarians will have visited six countries and attended more than 50 events.

See more about the Cayman leg of their tour here on CNS

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I hold no brief for Prince Charles, but would somebody tell the folks at News 27 not to refer to him as “His Majesty”! His Royal Highness will do fine, thank you very much.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    UK tourists like to go cheap. Cuba is that.

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  3. Roosterman says:

    What arrangements have been made to keep the feral chickens at bay?.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Put this another way – he’s only doing what hundreds of thousands of tourists from the UK have been doing for at least the past two decades. The reality is that whatever the current US policies on access to the country are relations between the Cuba and both the UK and Europe in general are flourishing – something that (based on recent arrival figures) the Cayman islands seems to be having problems with.

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