On Prince Harry’s final day of his visit to Antigua and Barbuda, part of his two-week Caribbean tour, he started the day off getting dive bombed by a frigate.
Prince Harry was visiting the Frigate Bird Sanctuary to learn more about the part it plays in Barbuda’s eco-tourism industry. He was given a boat tour through the mangrove to witness the beautiful birds that are known for their unique mating rituals of the male puffing up their large red chest to attract a female. While the birds swarmed above, one got a little close for comfort nearly missing the prince.
Harry barely noticed the bird, unlike the media follow boat who got it all on camera.
From the sanctuary, Prince Harry was welcomed to Barbuda’s Trinity Primary School with a song from the children. The students were in preparation for the 93rd anniversary of their Founders’ Day.
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Taking the tour on behalf of Her Majesty, Prince Harry read a message of congratulations for the anniversary of Antigua and Barbuda sent from his grandmother a reception held by the Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda on Sunday.
He also continued the work of The Queen when he unveiled a new dedication to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. The project added to the protection of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy was Victoria Park Botanical Gardens, which will be adding an accessible urban green space.
While at the garden, Prince Harry unveiled a plaque and planted a tree in commemoration of the project.
The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy was launched by The Queen when she was last in Malta. While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were visiting Canada in September, they also added the Great Bear Rainforest in Bella Bella on the coast of British Columbia to the project.
Barbuda holds a soft spot in Harry’s memory as it was a frequent holiday spot with his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. Gaston Browne, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, told the Express of the conversation the two of them had about his childhood:”Diana was just a beautiful soul and it is so sad that she was taken so young.
“Prince Harry said to me that he remembers going there with his mother as a little boy.
“It was one of her favourite spots. He said he was very-much looking forward to going back there.”
Barbuda has even renamed one of Diana’s favourite beaches after her.
The Prime Minister even went as far as inviting Prince Harry back for a honeymoon with his girlfriend, Meghan Markle.