All is now in place for the four-day official visit to the island by His Royal Highness, Prince Henry of Wales (always known as Prince Harry), from March 5 to 8.
The four state agencies coordinating the Prince’s visit, on Monday (March 5), finalised details of arrangements for coverage and other activities associated with local and international journalists, during a media briefing at the Wyndham New Kingston Hotel.
The Prince is scheduled to arrive at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston at 5:00 p.m. on Monday.
Representatives of the agencies: the Office of the Prime Minister (OPEM); Jamaica Information Service (JIS); Jamaica Defence Force (JDF); and Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), walked journalists through the final draft of the itinerary, answering questions and providing clarifications, as needed.
The visit by Prince Harry, younger grandson of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, forms part of a series of tours to several countries, in commemorative tribute to the 60th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary of her accession to the throne as Queen of England.
The visit to Jamaica marks the final leg of his visit to the Caribbean, and will see Prince Harry participating in a number of activities in Kingston; Falmouth, Trelawny; and Montego Bay, St. James.
In welcoming journalists at Monday’s briefing, Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, described Prince Harry’s visit as “an important event in the history of Jamaica”.
"It’s an important story to us…(and)…we are so happy to welcome young Prince Harry, and we know that he is going to have a fantastic time in Jamaica. Feel free to call on any of us if you have any questions, (or) if you have any difficulties in the coverage of this tour,” the Minister said.
One of the highlights of the visit is expected to be Prince Harry’s meeting with Olympic and World Double Sprint Champion and Record holder, Usain Bolt on Tuesday (March 5), at the Usain Bolt Track, University of the West Indies (UWI).
When asked whether interviews with the sprint sensation would be facilitated, Senator Falconer assured that “knowing Usain Bolt, as I do, he will be happy to talk with you (journalists)”.
"I am sure Usain will have a lot to say about the meeting with the Prince. I am told that he is looking forward to it and he is very excited. As a very media savvy man, himself, he will know that you are all interested in him and interested in what he has to say,” the Minister said.
Prince Harry departs the island for England on Thursday (March 8), from the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.
By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporter