Britain’s Prince Harry arrived in Barbados this morning to heavy rain and a warm welcome from the Queen’s appointed representative Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave, along with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and other dignitaries.
The prince alighted from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight ship promptly at 9 a.m. wearing a dark jacket suit and blue tie. He received a corsage from a secondary school student.
Prince Harry, 32, then inspected the guard of honour before he left the Bridgetown Port, where his massive Wave Knight vessel docked.
His three-day visit to Barbados forms part of a wider 14-day Caribbean tour on behalf of the Queen, that takes him to seven countries – Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Barbados and Guyana.
Prince Harry’s visit to Barbados comes amidst ongoing protest action at the island’s ports of entry.
The National Union of Public Workers, which orchestrated the industrial action, has not been saying much of late about a go-slow at the airport and the seaport in support of its president, Akanni McDowall, whose reversion to an entry level position in the public service angered the union.
However, attention has since switched to engineers and custodians at Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA), who have been downing tools since last Friday and picketing outside the airport terminal to press for a
16 per cent pay rise.
This notwithstanding, the live television feed this morning during the prince’s visit showed no signs of protest action at the Bridgetown Port.
This is Prince Harry’s second official visit to the region, following his first tour in 2012.