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Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla arrived in Havana, Cuba on Sunday as part of their epic Caribbean tour. And while royal overseas visits aren’t new, Charles and Camilla’s tour of Cuba is. They are the first members of the British Royal Family to ever make an official visit to the country; that’s right, not even the Queen herself has made the trip. A Clarence House spokesperson told Vanity Fair, “Their Royal Highnesses are looking forward to experiencing the culture and meeting the people of Cuba.” Which is the purpose of their visit, highlighting “cultural and academic connections, links between the people of the U.K. and Cuba” and exploring their “arts, youth entrepreneurship, heritage restoration and sustainable agriculture.”

C&C arrived Sunday and got right to it after their official welcome. First on the agenda? Laying down a wreath at the memorial of essayist and poet José Martí, Cuba’s national hero.

The royals’ Monday is jam-packed, as they check out performances at a community and arts centre and meet young entrepreneurs at an event in central Havana. Later in the evening will be the official dinner hosted by the country’s president, Miguel Díaz-Canel.

Other fun things scheduled for their four-day visit include meeting a group of owners of British classic cars, stops at a Cuban music recording studio and one of the top dance studios in the country, as well as an equestrian centre that helps primary students make their way to the country’s national team.

 

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The environment continues to be near and dear to Charles’ heart so they will also check out how Cuba tackles renewable energy and organic farming, there’ll be a roundtable discussion on environmental conservation and the royals will visit Cuba’s south coast to learn more about the country’s flora and fauna.

Cuba is the second-last visit on the royals’ tour, which included previous stops in Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, St. Kitts and Grenada. While Charles had been to all of the countries minus Cuba, most of the tropical locales were firsts for Camilla, as she had only ever been to Barbados before this.

Once they wrap up their time in Cuba, Charles and Camilla will head to the Cayman Islands for the final leg of the tour and by the time it’s all done, on March 29, they’ll have taken part in more than 50 engagements on 10 different islands. Damn. The Sussexes and Cambridges have nothing on these two.

 

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The #RoyalVisitGrenada gets underway with a colourful welcome to the Carenage! 🇬🇩

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