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Mar 5, 2012

On the Official Visit to Belize: Prince Harry now Prince of the Jewel

Prince Henry

Prince Harry is now the Prince of the Jewel.  In his twenty-three hour visit, he won the hearts of many. The Prince arrived on Friday on his first official visit as grandson of the queen. In that relatively short time, he wooed Belizeans as he mingled in the capital with the crowd that waited to have a glimpse of him and delighted one dancer as he learned to Punta. News Five’s Jose Sanchez caught that move on Friday and has more on the memorable royal visit.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

When the Prince of Wales stepped off the plane, it signified the first leg his official visit as the official representative of the Queen for her jubilee. After meeting briefly with the politicians, the caravan sped to the capital, Belmopan City. The food that would be served for his highness was bubbling in heat much like the onlookers were standing on both sides of the boulevard for the street festival. Inside the Governor General’s residence, Prince Harry and Sir Colville Young were suited for the formal greeting. The Belize Postal Service revealed the diamond jubilee stamps to Harry.
But the formal suits would be stripped for the traditional Belizean Guayabera. Harry then gave an address at the street festival to rename it in honor of the Queen.

Prince Henry of Wales

“Obviously I bring you the warmest greetings from the Queen of Belize whose Diamond Jubilee we’re celebrating here tonight. Her majesty has asked me to send her good wishes to you all. She remembers so fondly her visits to this beautiful realm and speaks of the warmth and welcome she received in her most recent visit in 1994. I am only sorry that she can’t make it and you are stuck with me. Looking around me tonight, I can see exactly what she means about this legendary Belizean welcome. When it became clear that I was to represent y grandmother in Belize my heart leapt—for a good reason. Because of the long association and friendship between Belize and Britain and particularly the arm forces of our two countries, I’ve heard so much about this beautiful place. Thank you very much for inviting me here this evening for celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in such vigorous Belizean style. Though I am her grandson, I know I speak for everyone when I say, your majesty you are an inspiration to us all and it therefore just remains for me to name this street; Her majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second Boulevard. Unu come, make we go party.”

And minutes after his “Come Mek we go Party” declaration, the Prince of Wales became the Prince of the Jewel when he was more than eager to participate in a Garifuna Dance.

{Highlight of dance…}

This encounter with the cowman would only be his first as a cow-foot soup would be one of his treats for the night.

The prince would earn love by breaking protocol throughout the night and speak to children and touch the hands of the people not on the official greeting list.

And then his highness would go from stall to stall to eat and drink all that Belize has to offer.

Even the British High Commissioner Pat Ashworth became photographer for those who wanted to pose with the prince.  A trip to the Traveller’s Bar was one of several that the Prince and the Governor General would make at the stalls. At the end he was treated to a traditional poll dance.

Another highlight was when a dancer, Denise Enriquez left the stage to request a dance with the prince.

And what’s a first dance without a first kiss?

As he made his way, with the international media, on occasion we were able to pick up the prince’s conversation with the public.

The Prince of the Jewel said a few more hellos and goodbyes to those above and below the confines of the barrier he made his way out of Queen Elizabeth the Second’s Boulevard. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

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