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Prince Charles in Cuba!

This Sunday, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will be touching down in Havana for a historic, ground-breaking visit. Accompanied by his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall he will spend three days in the island, touring natural areas, discussing climate change and renewable energy, exploring opportunities for trade and British investment (especially in the areas of tourism) as well as generally strengthening bilateral ties between both island nations.

Prince Charles in Cuba!

We’re only hours away from seeing HRH Prince Charles land in Havana for a historic royal visit that has no precedent of its kind (back in 1948 and 1955 the Duke of Windsor and former King Edward VIII visited Havana on two different occasions with his wife Wallis Simpson, but theirs were private Cuba holidays). This official Cuba tour by Prince Charles marks the first time a heir apparent to the British throne and future king visits Cuba, a Caribbean nation that no UK prime minister in office has ever visited before (Winston Churchill did travel to Cuba more than twice in his lifetime but on unofficial private visits when he wasn’t in office).

Paul Webster Hare, ex-British Ambassador and professor at Boston University said of the impending visit’s monumental significance:

“ [It’s] symbolically important because a member of the royal family has not visited Cuba since the 1959 revolution,”

Prince Charles’ arrival in Havana this Sunday will be history in the making and will see the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall enjoy a guided tour of Havana, visit protected natural reserves, stop by a ground-breaking solar-powered energy plant partly built with British funds (which is to become the Caribbean’s largest of its kind), meet local entrepreneurs, especially in the area of sustainable agriculture and immerse in the local culture with a visit to a salsa school and the John Lennon Park, aptly found steps away from Submarino Amarillo, a Cuban nightclub inspired by Beatles nostalgia. According to other official reports, he will also meet a group of owners of British classic cars, because let us tell you, American yank tanks from the 50s aren’t the only classic cars roaming Cuba!

Furthermore, shortly after his arrival in Havana on Sunday, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will enjoy an official dinner hosted by current Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel, who succeeded Raul Castro in April 2018 and whom he had privately met in London to discuss this visit back in November last year.

According to our sources from the British Embassy in Havana, Prince Charles will also enjoy a production from the Royal Ballet with the performance of leading Cuban-British ballet star Carlos Acosta (who has been awarded a CBE title as member of the Order of the British Empire, the only Cuban to have ever been granted this distinction).

Beyond the cultural aspects of his visit and discussing renewable energy, Prince Charles will also promote British investment in Cuba, especially in the areas of tourism and hospitality, where Antony Stokes, British Ambassador to Cuba, stresses that both nations could mutually benefit, as he revealed during an interview in November 2018:

“ Tourism is very important for us. We are one of Cuba's principal sources of tourists, and last year, according to the Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR), more than 200,000 British visitors arrived, representing a growth of more than 30% in two years.”

We at The Holiday Place couldn’t agree and we couldn’t be more excited about Prince Charles’ imminent trip to Cuba and the many great things his visit could spell for the future of British-Cuban relations. We only wonder if, like his predecessor, the Duke of Windsor, he will choose to stay at the iconic Nacional de Cuba hotel. We'll just have to wait and see. In any case, we'll keep you in the loop about this historic royal visit to Cuba, check back here soon!

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