Britain’s Prince Harry today expressed his admiration for the decorations on Government Headquarters, which represent the national heroes and local figures.
During a a courtesy call on Prime Minister Freundel Stuart at his official residence, Ilaro Court, the visiting Royal, who is representing Queen Elizabeth II at this week’s 50th anniversary of independence celebrations, also described as wonderful the events planned in commemoration of Barbados’ Golden Jubilee.
Issues pertaining to climate change also featured prominently in the discussions, which were also attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Maxine McClean; Acting Head of the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office Sonja Welch; Cabinet Secretary Andrew Cox; and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Cecile Humphrey. The Prince was accompanied by Ed Lane Fox, Sir David Manning and Major David Clarke.
The Prime Minister said small island developing states must continue to raise their voices on climate change because they were feeling the effects more than other countries.
“We have no choice; we have to discuss climate change because we can be wiped out as small island developing states if we do not pay attention to this serious matter,” he said.
The Prince agreed that the climate change conversation was very necessary, while noting that rainfall patterns were changing everywhere. He also suggested that younger people between seven and 25 years old were heavily engaged in climate change issues.
During the meeting, the officials also discussed the Regional Security System’s Fusion Centre which was built by the British, the Olympic Games and Barbados’ focus beyond 50, among other issues.
At the end of the courtesy call, there was an exchange of gifts. The Prince presented a book of images of the flora and fauna of Barbados, while the Prime Minister presented, on behalf of the Government and people of Barbados, a map of Barbados in mahogany, which is to be given to the Queen. The map was created by Barbadian craftsman, Cy Hutchinson.