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Mar 2, 2012

HRH Prince Henry of Wales arrives in Belize

Prince Harry touched down at the Philip Goldson Airport in a private aircraft a few minutes earlier than anticipated this afternoon. It is first solo trip and his first official visit to mark the Queen’s sixtieth year of reign. Other members of the royal family are similarly being deployed to countries in the Commonwealth where the queen is head of state. The airport ceremony was brief and soon the tall twenty-seven year old Prince, who is third in line to the British throne, was whisked off to Belmopan for a cultural experience of Belize’s ethnicity at a street fest. Here is a report from the PGIA with News Five’s Isani Cayetano.

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The convergence of local and foreign media outside of the VIP Room at the Phillip Goldson International Airport this afternoon preceded the arrival of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales.  The occasion is the commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee, marking sixty years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry’s grandmother.  While Belize Defense Force personnel were busy assembling the dais and making other final preparations, videographers and news reporters from Reuters, BBC and CNN were scattered across the tarmac doing stand-ups and providing coverage of the official visit.  On the ground officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as those from the Belize Tourism Board, were also tying up loose ends.

Moments later, at twenty minutes after four o’clock, an executive aircraft carrying Prince Harry, the younger son of Charles and Diana, Prince and Princess of Wales, touched down at the PGIA. The airplane taxied along the runway before finding its route to the red carpet where an official welcoming committee stood waiting.  Approaching the vessel was Diane Locke, Chief of Protocol.  She ascended its stairs, entered and was the first to officially greet British Royalty.

Outside Governor General Sir Colville Young, the titular head of state and Brigadier General Dario Tapia, adorned in full military regalia, remained at attention.  Several yards away Prime Minister Dean Barrow, Leader of the Opposition Francis Fonseca and British High Commissioner Patrick Ashworth stood waiting.  Shortly thereafter, Prince Harry emerges clad in a sharply tailored royal blue three-piece, admittedly a nod to his sartorial sensibilities.  He then proceeds along the carpet, followed by Locke, where he is introduced to the Governor General, the military commander and other dignitaries.

From there he is escorted to the dais where is he saluted by a detail of B.D.F. officers.  The entire ceremony was an exercise in pomp and circumstance.  The security detail canvassed the entire perimeter while members of the press were held at bay until further instructions.  Prince Harry and his hosts then make their way into the VIP Room where the formalities continued before heading to the capital city. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

Later in the newscast we will carry a live report from Belmopan on the activities taking place. This station will be carrying live reports on Saturday morning as the prince visits the Adjacency Zone at the western border.

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14 Responses for “HRH Prince Henry of Wales arrives in Belize”

  1. Josephino Estroberto Pesomedio says:

    Welcome to Belize (British Honduras)prince Harry, we had some games yesterday.
    We had one shot dead, 3 es-caped but we are on their tails, we`ll get em soon !!!
    So what you had in England at your departure?

  2. CATHY says:

    i HOPE ITS LIVE ON THE NET SO THAT WE CAN WATCH FROM OVERSEAS.

  3. Jeeboo says:

    What a guy. I’m glad the Queen sent Harry to Belize instead of Charles. He makes eye contact with ordinary people. Keep it up Prince Harry. Belize is proud of you.

  4. Indy says:

    I have a question. Why am I seeing a Guatemalan flag in the festivities in Cayo.

  5. Charlie Price says:

    Yo Harry … Thank you for coming to our little party, we all did have a good time. If any of us do come to London, we will look you up as you suggested. Best wishes…

  6. Jazzy says:

    I’m glad Prince Harry came to Belize. He is such a charm & a nice young man. The way he interacts with the people of this country was amazing. Hope you could come again soon. Was nice having you.

  7. Guatemala 2 says:

    Indy says:
    ndy says:
    March 4, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I have a question. Why am I seeing a Guatemalan flag in the festivities in Cayo.

    Because Belize is part from Guatemala yet :)

  8. NATURAL MYSTIC says:

    Prince Harry is so cool and down to earth. i do agree he knows how to interact with ordinary people. I was so proud of my country that day and as Belizeans i think we should have all been proud that we were chosen and got international spotlight

  9. hard woking Belizean says:

    Guatemala 2, kindly look up what the word INDEPENDENT NATION means then recheck your statement of “because Belize is part from Guatemala yet”. If that is so why do you need a passport to go to and from the borders between both countries?

  10. belizeanpride says:

    @ guatemala 2

    kindly respect our blog section don’t bring more hate to your country than what we already have. get the sense that Belize is Belize and at no part is Belize a part of your screwed guatemala country plague with the highest rate of malnutrition in central america. no seas cerrote entiende que Belize es nada de guatemala.

  11. Eye In The Sky says:

    More born Guatemalans will vote in this election than ever before in Belizean history.

  12. John Doe says:

    There is nothing wrong with Guatemala. Great country. I’ve been there many times, visiting the Capital and other regions, like Antigua, el Peten, lago de Atitlan, etc.

    On some areas Guatemala is more ADVANCED than Belize. I’ll give you an example: internet access. For only US$15 you get full ADSL2+ fast broadband internet. In Guatemala you can download TV shows in 15-30 minutes. Can you in Belize? Of course not.

    The truth is that Belize hasn’t progressed under Dean Barrow and is falling behind her Central America peers. Which is very painful to experience.

    If the UDP wins again, I am betting that Belize will be the poorest and less developed country in all of Central America.

    For the good of Belize, PLEASE don’t vote UDP. They haven’t brought any progress to Belize.

  13. bmp-resident says:

    Indy, had you listened to the MC at Adjacency Zone, you would have heard that these performances were a joint effort from members of Benque and Melchor. This is a being organized by the OAS so under a “cultural exchange programme” which seeks to promote fellowship thru culture and music.

  14. Josephino Estroberto Pesomedio says:

    What the “f” happen in the west? Is it true about a Guat flag?
    I feel so humiliated , and those Guats will vote blue !

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