The international press arrived en masse to follow His Royal Highness on a whirlwind visit of Belize, his first official Royal Tour visit to the country. The press pool was made up of an alphabet soup of international media that include the BBC, ABC, CNN, ITN, Sky News as well as representatives of Reuters and Getty Images and approximately fifty Belizean media personnel.
The 28 year old royal arrived in Belize by private jet at the Phillip Goldson International Airport in Ladyville, Belize. His Royal Highness was greeted on the tarmac by Sir Colville Young, the Governor General of Belize, who in turn introduced Prince Harry to Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow, and Leader of the Opposition, Francis Fonseca. Following those formalities, Prince Henry spent some personal time with PM Barrow and his wife, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow in the airport’s VIP lounge.
The couple presented the Prince with guayaberas, a popular choice of male formal attire. The Prince recognized it immediately and expressed a desire to wear it as soon as possible. Prince Henry also presented a gift to the PM and his wife but asked that they open it after he’d left. “I would get embarrassed,” Prince Henry told the couple, giving them an endearing smile.
Mrs.Barrow was very impressed by the soft-spoken royal.
“He is so down to earth. He even asked me when he would see me again. I told him that the next time he comes to Belize we’ll take him diving and snorkelling and he loved the idea! ‘A good excuse to come back,’ were his exact words.”
The short visit was extra special for Mrs. Barrow. On Monday she completed her sixth Chemotherapy session in Miami as part of ongoing treatment against breast cancer.
“The Prince and his secretaries were very pleased I was able to meet with him at the airport. I was honored to help welcome Prince Harry to Belize.”
Prince Harry travelled by private car to Belmopan, the capital city of Belize, where he was the guest of honour at an outdoor street festival: The Diamond Jubilee Block Party. While Prince Harry was unable to enjoy the world renowned diving and snorkeling that attracts tens of thousands of tourists every year to Belize on this trip, the royal is certainly enjoying the sights, sounds and taste of the country’s diverse cultures.
Prince Harry enjoyed The Diamond Jubilee Block Party during the first night of the Royal Tour in Belmopan, the capital city of Belize.