It has been revealed that The Queen wanted to visit the Caribbean later this month, but is unable to do so because she no longer undertakes long-haul flights.
Instead, Her Majesty has asked her grandson, Prince Harry, to undertake the visit on her behalf, according to The Queen’s Assistant Private Secretary, Sam Cohen.
The Queen, who is the oldest monarch in the world, has drastically cut down on the amount of long-haul travelling she does.
The furthest she has travelled in recent years is Malta, where she attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. In 2013, when the meeting was held in Sri Lanka, HM did not attend for the same reason and sent Prince Charles in her place.
Prince Harry will make an official two-week visit to the Caribbean in just over a weeks time, on behalf of his grandmother. He will visit Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The fifth-in-line to the throne will visit the Caribbean between Sunday 20th November until Sunday 4th December; which coincides with the 50th Anniversary of Independence for Barbados, the 50th Anniversary of Independence for Guyana, and the 35th Anniversary of Independence for Antigua and Barbuda.
A Kensington Palace Spokesperson said: “Prince Harry is honoured to be representing The Queen, in the year of her 90th birthday, particularly as Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and Guyana mark their own important anniversaries of independence.
“Prince Harry holds special memories of his last visit to the Caribbean, and of the warmth, friendliness and sense of fun that comes so naturally to this region. His Royal Highness is greatly looking forward to meeting more of the people who call it home, and for the opportunity during this tour to be visiting some countries for the first time.
“This visit will allow Prince Harry to experience more of the unique and individual cultures and traditions of these special Commonwealth Realms and countries. His Royal Highness is grateful to have the chance to visit nations that play such important roles in the Commonwealth, and have extended such warmth to his family for many years.”