Prince Charles and Camilla, the Dutchess of Cornwall, have quite the trip planned for later this spring. From the March 17-29, the royal couple will be
As a part of their tour, Charles and Camilla will spend a few days in Cuba. In doing so, they’ll make the first ever official visit to the country by a member of the royal family.
Here’s what we know about their jam-packed trip.
THEY’LL VISIT A TOTAL OF 10 SEPARATE ISLANDS.
Charles and Camilla are set to make stops in St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Cuba, and the Cayman Islands. The majority of these are members of the Commonwealth, with two notable exceptions: the Cayman Islands, which are a British overseas territory, and Cuba.
PRINCE CHARLES SPEAKS WITH CHILDREN IN ST. LUCIA IN 1989.GETTY IMAGESBETTMANN
THEIR TIME IN CUBA WILL CERTAINLY BE HISTORIC.
The royal couple are visiting to “highlight the growing bilateral relationship with the U.K. and showcase some of the cultural links between the two countries,” per the Prince of Wales’s website.
Overseas royal trips such as this are planned by the U.K.’s Foreign Office, and generally have the aim of exercising a “soft power” unlike that of politicians, as the Telegraph explains. No British Prime Minister has visited communist Cuba, but following Barack Obama’s historic trip to the country in 2016, it seems that the U.K. is testing the waters.
IT WILL BE CAMILLA’S FIRST VISIT TO SEVERAL OF THESE COUNTRIES.
Whereas Charles has been to all of them but Cuba—not surprising, given that he’s been to 45 out of the 53 nations in the Commonwealth—Camilla will see many of these places for the first time. St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Christopher and Nevis, Grenada, and the Cayman Islands will all be new to her.