Prince Harry tours the Caribbean as Jamaica debates republic option

At the beginning of March, Prince Harry toured the Caribbean Commonwealth on behalf of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who celebrates her Diamond Jubilee this year. His trip took him to Belize, the Bahamas and Jamaica, and included street parties, a tour of the University of the West Indies and a race with the ‘fastest man on earth’, the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. Harry’s visit followed soon after Jamaica’s new prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, announced her desire for the island nation to remove the Queen as head of state and become a republic. During the campaigning for December’s general election, both of Jamaica’s main political parties indicated their support for constitutional change. The next step would be to seek public approval in a referendum. The Prince received a warm welcome from the prime minister and the people of Jamaica upon his arrival on 5 March 2012.


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