On the 26th of November 2016,Prince Harry visit the picturesque island of St Vincent, part of the chain of islands making up the Realm of St Vincent and the Grenadines. His Royal Highness will be met off the boat at Kingstown Cruise Terminal Pier by the Governor General His Excellency Sir Frederick Ballantyne, other government officials and a military parade, at which he will formally inspect the Guard.
From there, Prince Harry will travel to Kingstown’s Botanic Gardens, the oldest tropical gardens in the Western world, which celebrated their 250th anniversary in 2015. Boasting a wealth of tropical plants, flowers, trees and birds, the gardens are also home to the beautiful St. Vincent Parrot, the Amazona Guildingii, the country’s national bird.
Here, His Royal Highness will tour the site, watching a number of cultural performances and will plant a commemorative Baobab tree to mark the visit. Prince Harry will then visit the Vermont Nature Trail, located in St Vincent’s beautiful southern interior.
His Royal Highness will walk a short part of a trail that hikers worldwide travel to the country to enjoy, meeting local guides and those who work on the trail’s maintenance en route. Here, Prince Harry will unveil the final of the four dedications to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy on this tour.
That afternoon, His Royal Highness will visit one of St Vincent’s beaches to learn more about the country’s initiatives which inspire young people through education in schools to care about and protect the endangered population of sea turtles on St Vincent’s shores.
Following a recent announcement from the Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, declaring it illegal to catch or kill sea turtles or disturb their nests in St Vincent, Prince Harry will hear directly from the local school children about the various conservation projects they’re involved in to help preserve these endangered species. Before departing St Vincent, Prince Harry will attend a reception hosted by the Governor General and the Prime Minister at the Cruise Ship Terminal.