Hair to the throne! Charles begins 12-day tour of Caribbean

Hair to the throne! Charles begins 12-day tour of Caribbean with a bit of a do (and a civic reception)

  • Prince Charles was warmly greeted by St Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet when he arrived
  • The trip to the island paradise a brief stop of a few hours for the heir to the throne before he flies to Barbados
  • Charles and Camilla will also visit St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis and Grenada

The Prince of Wales arrived in St Lucia for the start of a 12-day tour of the Caribbean sporting a bit of a do.

Charles was warmly greeted by St Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet after he landed on the island, but the tropical climate appeared to be causing chaos with his normally neat hairdo.

As he spoke at the opening ceremony Charles was in dire need of a brush or comb to tame his unruly mop of grey hair, but appeared otherwise unruffled by the hot weather.

The trip to the island paradise is a brief stop of a few hours for the heir to the throne before he flies on to Barbados where the Duchess of Cornwall is waiting, having flown out ahead of the tour’s start.

Charles and Camilla will also visit St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada and the Cayman Islands, with the highlight the four-day tour of Cuba beginning on March 24 – the first by members of the monarchy.

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    Hair to the throne! Prince Charles was sporting an unusually wild hairdo as he spoke at the welcome ceremony in St Lucia

    The Governor-General Emmanuel Neville Cenac (centre left) with Prime Minister Michael Chastanetas (right) as the Prince of Wales (centre) attends an official welcome ceremony and parade at the stadium in St Lucia, at the start of his tour of the Caribbean

    The Prince of Wales attends the official welcome ceremony and parade at the stadium in St Lucia, at the start of his tour of the Caribbean

    The Prince of Wales arrives at Hewanorra International Airport, St Lucia. Charles and Camilla will also be visiting St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada and the Cayman Islands, with the highlight the four-day tour of Cuba beginning on March 24

    A smiling Prince Charles shares a joke with St Lucians waiting to meet him. Charles and Camilla will also visit St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada and the Cayman Islands, with the highlight the four-day tour of Cuba beginning on March 24 – the first by members of the monarchy

    The Prince of Wales attends an official welcome ceremony and parade at the stadium in St Lucia, at the start of his tour of the Caribbean

    The Prince of Wales (centre) is welcomed by the Governor-General Emmanuel Neville Cenac with his wife Julita Du Boulay (left) and Prime Minister Michael Chastanet with his wife Raquel Chastanet (right) as he arrives at Hewanorra International Airport in St Lucia

    The Prince of Wales meeting people at the start of his Caribbean tour. The prince’s flying visit has given the St Lucians an excuse to extend celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the country’s independence


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    Charles spoke at the open-air event before St Lucia’s prime minister Allen Chastanet, governor-general Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac, British High Commissioner Steve McCready and other guests including students.

    Charles said: ‘The Commonwealth has been a cornerstone of my life for as long as I can remember and, through all the unprecedented global challenge of these past seven decades, it seems to me that the Commonwealth remains as vital today as it has ever been.’

    Speaking about the global threat posed by climate change the prince went on to say: ‘Importantly, the Commonwealth brings us together and gives us the means to harness shared opportunities, as well as to address common challenges.

    ‘There is no greater challenge facing all of us, in my view, than that of global warming and climate change which, I know, poses nothing short of an existential threat to this island as it does to every part of this region.’

     He went on to talk about his 2017 visit to the Caribbean in the wake of hurricanes Maria and Irma to see for himself the damage wreaked by the natural disasters.

    The Prince of Wales talking to dancers at an official welcome ceremony and parade at the stadium in St Lucia, at the start of his tour

    The Prince of Wales is presented with flowers as he attends the Governor-General’s Reception at the Serenity Hotel, Coconut Bay, in St Lucia

    The Prince of Wales (right), with the Prime Minister of St Lucia Michael Chastanet (centre) as he attends the Governor-General’s Reception at the Serenity Hotel, Coconut Bay, St Lucia

    The Prince of Wales meeting people at the welcome ceremony in St Lucia. The trip to the island paradise is a brief stop of a few hours for the heir to the throne before he flies on to Barbados where the Duchess of Cornwall is waiting, having flown out ahead of the tour’s start

    Charles also praised St Lucia’s ‘abundant talent and creativity’ which got enthusiastic applause from the crowds in stands at the sports field hosting the event.

    The trip to the island paradise was a brief stop of a few hours for the heir to the throne before he flew on to Barbados where the Duchess of Cornwall is waiting having flown out ahead of the start of the tour.

    The prince’s flying visit has given the St Lucians an excuse to extend celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the country’s independence, and an official ceremonial welcome and parade will be staged in the open air later for Charles.

    With its tropical forests, famous Pitons – towering volcanic plugs that are a World Heritage site – and picturesque towns the island is the archetypal Caribbean destination.

    It was fought over many times during the 17th and 18th century before Britain took control of the strategically important island from the French and today its culture still reflects these influences especially in the French creole widely spoken.

    The former crown colony of Britain, whose economy has moved from sugar production to tourism and banana growing, is one of the Queen’s realms meaning Charles is not a foreign royal but a prince of St Lucia.

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