Royal celebrations in Jamaica
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday February 8, 2012 – There is a royal buzz in Jamaica as officials pull out all the stops in preparation for Prince Harry’s visit from March 5th to 8th, as part of the international celebrations for Her Majesty’s 60th anniversary of her coronation.
The Prince is expected to have an action packed visit, which will include participation in military exercises with officers of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) from the Up Park Camp base, and co-piloting a JDF helicopter to Trelawny.
Also on the agenda is a visit to Falmouth where the Prince will pay his respects at the Memorial erected by free Jamaicans in hour of emancipator William Knibb at the William Knibb Baptist Church.
Prince Harry will also sample Jamaica’s cuisine and culture during a Jamaica Night reception at the Sandals Royal Caribbean Hotel in Montego Bay.
During the royal visit, the Prince is also expected to tour the Bustamante Hospital for Children and the Victoria Jubilee Hospital. He will also be spending some time at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus, where he is expected to see a training session at the Usain Bolt Track, and listen to a moot debate by students of the law faculty, before moving onto the non-governmental association, RISE Life.
The Prince is also expected to deliver a speech recognizing Jamaica’s 50th anniversary as an independent nation during a dinner hosted by the governor-general at King’s House.
Jamaica is the final stop for the prince in his official duty to honour his grandmother’s Diamond Jubilee.