Royal visitor for Independence

Barbados is preparing to roll out the red carpet for a member of the British Royal family as it marks its 50th anniversary of political independence from Britain.

A statement from Kensington Palace said Prince Harry will visit Barbados on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen as part of seven-country tour of the Caribbean.

“His Royal Highness will visit Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines,” the statement said.

“The visit falls on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Independence for Barbados, the 50th Anniversary of Independence for Guyana, and the 35th Anniversary of Independence for Antigua and Barbuda,” it added while promising that full details of the visit would be confirmed in due course.

Prince Harry last visited Barbados in 2010 where he took part in a polo game to raise funds for charity, visited the children’s ward at the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital and took part in a concert in aid of Haiti.

However, his upcoming visit could be last by a member of the Royal family under the country’s monarchial style of Government since Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has already served notice of his plans to abolish the current system “in the very near future” and to complete the process of decolonization by going republic.  

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