This year, England’s Queen Elizabeth II marks her 60-year reign, and in celebration of her diamond jubilee, members of the Royal Family are being sent on official visits to current and former holdings of the British crown.
Twenty seven-year-old Prince Harry was assigned Belize, the Bahamas and Jamaica in what is his first state trip representing the royals. These visits, said the prince’s press secretary, Miguel Head, is intended to reinforce the friendly relationships among nations and to put a younger face on royalty for a new generation that didn’t grow up under the traditional colonialist system.
For the countries on the jubilee itinerary, these visits offer the opportunity to show off local culture, and, in many cases, to boost local tourism. For a country like Belize, which is still largely under the radar as a popular travel destination, Prince Harry’s visit raises the country’s profile.
After visiting Mayan ruins on the Belize leg of his Jubilee tour this weekend, Prince Harry laid a wreath at a memorial to British soldiers in Belize City. Watch below:
Dyon Elliott, formerly Media and Public Relations Officer at the Belize Tourism Board and currently editor of the local paper Reporter Press said, “The Prince’s visit is very significant because, in terms of publicity that Belize gets from the international media that followed him, Belize gains increased awareness in Europe and other parts of the world that are following his journey.”
Prince Harry is presently in the Bahamas and will conclude his tour in Jamaica.