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Prince Charles's Havana itinerary – all the details of His Royal Highness' historic Cuba trip

  • 25-Mar-19 15:26
  • Havana
  • The Holiday Place

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla landed in Havana yesterday afternoon. After attending a wreath-laying ceremony to honour the memory of Cuba´s National Hero, Jose Marti, in Plaza de la Revolucion, they will have a full schedule of official events during their three-day Cuba visit. In this post, we tell you more about their packed Cuba itinerary.

Prince Charles's Havana itinerary – all the details of His Royal Highness' historic Cuba trip

Last Friday we told you of the impending arrival of Prince Charles to Cuba and now, after having landed in Havana on Sunday afternoon, we proceed to let you in on more details of his packed three-day Cuba itinerary.

Beyond enjoying a guided tour of the Cuban capital in the company of the city’s mayor, stopping by the John Lennon Park to get better acquainted with Cuba’s Beatlemania, touring the Caribbean’s largest, newest solar-powered energy plant and visiting a salsa school, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall will also be meeting the owners of Vintage Cars in Cuba, a group dedicated to keeping old classic cars running, including a few exclusive British models kept in pristine condition.

During their time in Cuba, the British royals will also be visiting the coastal Mariel Special Development Zone, the first area of its kind in Cuba with a privileged geographic location in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, at the crossroads of the main shipping routes in the Western Hemisphere.
Once ready, ZED Mariel will provide a first-class logistics and production platform facilitating a higher level of domestic production while reducing import costs, fostering growth, creating new jobs and boosting direct foreign investment.

Found 45 km west of Havana in the northern province of Artemisa and regulated by special rules and policies, the Mariel Development Zone has been specifically designed to attract foreign investment in the production of value-added goods and services, using innovation, as well as clean technologies, and in turn generating industrial development for the substitution of imports, the promotion of exports and the generation of new sources of employment for Cuba. So, its significance will only grow over time and that´s why Cubans are so keen to introduce British authorities to it so that they can see its amazing investment potential.

Cuba is the only country in Prince Charles’ Caribbean tour that doesn’t belong to the Commonwealth, bringing all the more significance to this visit. Yet, the fact that both nations don’t share a colonising history and the bonds that unite other Caribbean islands and the UK, that doesn’t mean that the UK and Cuba are without their historical ties. As British Ambassador to Cuba, Antony Stokes once pointed out, there are many cultural touchpoints between Cuba and the UK, from a very real and present Beatlemania to a time in the 18th century during which Havana was invaded and governed by the British for a year!

There is little doubt that for the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall Cuba will be their most exciting stop in this Caribbean tour, as neither of them had ever set foot on the island before and less than a decade ago this visit would have been completely unimaginable. Cuba’s recent opening to the world, changes in its economic model, newly established freedoms for individual entrepreneurs, increasing visibility and acceptance of a previously shunned LGBT community and a recently amended constitution (approved by popular), all meant the time was ripe for a long overdue from Their Royal Highnesses. We’re only hours away from finding out more about their thoughts on Cuba!

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