Monday, March 19, 2012

Prince Harry Cites his Bahamian visit as the most fun he has had on the Queens Jubilee Tour

Story by Imogene Reed

Official Visit

As part of the ongoing global tour to celebrate the Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee year on the throne, son of Lady Diana and Prince Charles, the young royal; Prince Harry, has carried out an official visit to the Bahamas. The official visit saw Harry perform a number of official duties on the island and it is fair to say he seemed to enjoy every minute. It is reported that he found his stay on the island the most fun that he has had on the tour to date. With such an awesome opportunity to see the Prince many will have compared travel insurance in order to ensure they were covered for what, no doubt, was a truly wonderful day.

The Thomas A Robinson stadium

As part of this tour visit the Prince attended a stadium event to recognise the achievements of the youth in the Bahamas. The prince was met with a rapturous reception by all in attendance at the Thomas A Robinson stadium. Among those who turned out to greet the prince and join in the festivities on the day were many of the young people whose activities the prince had come to show his appreciation for, including scouts, rangers, cadets and school children.

Charles Maynard, the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture

There was a spectacular turnout and the numbers at the event ran into the thousands. For the event, in the capital, Nassau, Prince Harry sat beside Charles Maynard, the minister for youth sports and culture and the pair were noted to be engaged in what seemed like light hearted discussions throughout. The young prince is noted for his accessibility, a trait he would seem to have inherited from his mother. All of those who met with the prince have referred to his genuine nature.

Primary School Student of the Year

During the day the prince met with the Primary School Student of the Year; Anna Albury and chatted with her before she delivered an emotional speech. The blind 12 year old explained to the hushed audience how they would face challenges in their lives, but must fight to overcome them. The prince himself seemed particularly touched by the speech having had to overcome some difficulties in his own life.

Our Prince Harry

Afterwards Anna affectionately referred to the Prince as "our Prince Harry" and said that his being in the Bahamas meant that the people could, "showcase our unique, vibrant culture through expressions of music, dance and drama" she added, "It was amazing to meet Prince Harry. I was so excited and I just loved it and can't wait to tell my family about it. He was very friendly and he was asking me about my speech, how old I was and where I was from. He asked me if I had been blind since birth."

A Windy Day

A minor blip was avoided when the notes he had prepared for his speech blew away. Luckily the aides and those in attendance managed to recapture the pieces of paper in time for him to get to his feet. During the speech Harry explained to the masses that had gathered: "I know Her Majesty would wish me to extend her personal encouragement to you all in your endeavours, whether they be in education, civic and community activities or in the sporting arena." Harry is known to have a very close and personal bond with his grandmother who often requests he deliver personal notes and asides from her on state visits.

In his speech the Prince elicited rapturous applause from the crown as in his own inimical way he described the assembled audience as looking ‘damned smart’, going on to say: “the Queen would be delighted by this and, on her behalf, I congratulate you all.” The celebrated bachelor was left blushing a few times on the day no less than when the attendant Miss Bahamas, Anastagia Pierre, 23 described the visiting young royal as a ‘Hot Bachelor’

During the day Prince Harry, who has a keen interest in the military, and in particular the navy was supposed to join a Royal Bahamian Defence Force for an onboard naval exercise. Unfortunately the vessel suffered a malfunction. Showing relative calm for one so young the prince transferred to a media vessel before landing on Harbour Island to greet the locals.