The British Monarchy has made a formal announcement on its official website that Prince Harry, 27, the younger son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana and grandson of the Queen of England, is due to visit Belize in 2012.
The news of the royal visit to the country where, although Independent since 1981, the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, remains the Head of State, has created a buzz in international and local media circles.
The Monarchy issued a statement on its Diamond Jubilee Programme this week, detailing both regional and overseas visits.
Commemorative events such as tours, pageants, concerts and parades, will mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee, marking the passage of 60 years in her reign. Born in 1926, Elizabeth II, 85, successor to King George VI, ascended to the throne at the age of 25. She is Head of State of the UK and 15 other Commonwealth realms.
Elizabeth has been married to Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, 90, for 64 years and they have four children: Charles (born 1948), the heir apparent to the throne, Anne (1950), Andrew (1960), and Edward (1964)—the last two born during her reign.
In a statement released by the Queen’s press secretary, it is noted that apart from tours in 2012 across the UK, including England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, beginning in late March, “members of the Royal Family [including the Queen’s children, grandchildren and their spouses] will travel overseas representing The Queen throughout the Diamond Jubilee year, visiting every Realm, as well as undertaking visits to Commonwealth countries, Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories.” (Belize is a Commonwealth nation within the British monarchical system.)
The official statement details the persons who will be the Queen’s emissaries overseas.
It informs that Prince Harry will travel to Belize then Jamaica then The Bahamas.
Prince Edward and his wife, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, are slated to visit Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Gibraltar, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Charles the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth’s son and the former husband of Diana, is due to visit Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea, with Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, his second wife. Prince Charles will additionally be traveling to Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
William the Duke of Cambridge, the elder son of Charles and Diana, is due to travel with his wife, Catherine, to Malaysia, Singapore, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, should be travelling to the Falkland Islands and Uganda; while the Princess Royal, Anne Elizabeth, the Queen’s daughter, is to visit Mozambique and Zambia.
Richard the Duke of Gloucester should be touring the British Virgin Islands and Malta next year.
Finally, Andrew, the Duke of York, the Queen’s son, is to visit India.