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Speech by Prince Harry at the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy dedication in St Kitts and Nevis

While in St Kitts yesterday, Prince Harry dedicated the Central Forest Reserve to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Project. He will be dedicating many sites to this endeavour during this tour.

Prince Harry unveiled a plaque and addressed those there, thanking the people of St Kitts and Nevis for their warm welcome. His Royal Highness said:

“I feel so lucky to be visiting St Kitts and Nevis on behalf of The Queen. Her Majesty sends her best wishes to you all and is sorry not to be able to come personally.

“On trips like this, I have the great privilege of meeting leaders and dignitaries from many fields. But what is most important to me, is having the chance to meet the young people of the countries I visit.

“There is no better way to judge the future of a country than by spending time with its youth; taking the time to listen to what they have to say, and understanding their vision for the nation they will inherit.

“Those performances showed that the young people of St Kitts and Nevis have creativity and energy in bounds – two qualities that will set you up for the future. Well done, and thank you for sharing your talent with us all.

“I am also really pleased to have the opportunity to thank the people of St Kitts and Nevis for committing the Central Forest Reserve to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. My grandmother launched the Canopy project last year. All members of the Commonwealth have agreed to donate forested lands to this international environmental network.

“Your contribution is incredibly generous. Not only will it encourage more visitors to this beautiful place, but will also give people around the Commonwealth the opportunity to learn about your forests and the ways you protect them. The forests we see behind us are truly amazing – thank you so much for contributing them to this project in the year of The Queen’s 90th birthday – and wow what a present.

“Thank you again for your friendly Caribbean welcome. I am only here for a short time, but can safely say that the beauty and people of St Kitts and Nevis will stay with me for a very long time.”

On Wednesday evening, the Prince attended a reception hosted by the Governor-General at Government House on St Kitts where he met and mingled with guests. There, he presented Sir Edmund Lawrence with his GCMG at an investiture ceremony.

  • Mr. Christian

    Dear Prince Harry:
    Can you remember your mother ever dedicating a rain forest or saving wildlife? Was she not dedicating with all her life to people. The Bible is clear that mankind as the good shepherd has dominion over the birds of the air, the beasts and cattle of the land, and, the fish of the sea. That is God’s gift to mankind. Your mother loved mankind. The hungry, the poor, the ill human beings she met. I have a letter from her to this effect. Formerly you and Prince William had programs as HALO to save innocents from landmine fields, your own work on HIV/AIDS, whose scourge is not yet ended; and, many others including schools for the poor. Out of love for your mother, I ask you to re-examine the course of yours and Prince Williams activities, aid the sick and the poor; and, re-dedicate yourself in the footsteps of your mother and her close fiend, Saint Teresa.

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