HRH Prince Harry landed in Belize this afternoon (March 2nd) as part of Queen Elizabeth‘s Diamond Jubilee celebration. 2012 marks sixty years on the throne for Her Majesty, who ascended on February 6th, 1952 after her father, King George VI passed away in his sleep at Sandringham.
Many a journalist is down in Belize (formerly known as British Honduras) to cover Harry’s official trip, which will also take him to the Bahamas, Jamaica and Brazil over the next ten days. CNN’s Max Foster tweeted of the spare’s arrival, “Said Prince Harry to the Governor General of Belize as he walked past the press: ‘They’re not with me.’ (wry smile).”
Royal photographer Chris Jackson tweeted a great story the locals told him: “Many people I’ve met in Belize are excited about Prince Harry’s visit, they think his wife is ‘beautiful’ and loved ‘watching his wedding.’”
The Telegraph reports that the prince will rename a street in the capital city of Belmopan, “HM Queen Elizabeth II Boulevard” tonight, and take part in a street party where he’ll be taught a local folk dance and sample libations.
Also on the trip, Harry will climb a Mayan pyramid in the ancient city of Xunatunich and receive a commemorative passport to mark his hike.
Though Belize has been an independent country since 1981, a British military base still remains.