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Royal tour of the Caribbean - Duchess of Cornwall enjoys a rum punch, Prince Charles gets a drumming lesson

prince charles camilla st kitts nevis© Photo: Rex
March 22, 2019
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The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall continued their Caribbean tour on Thursday, arriving in St.Kitts and Nevis to an official welcoming ceremony. They enjoyed a day of greeting excited school children, taking in the storied history and visiting Hermitage Plantation House - where Camilla managed to squeeze in a refreshing rum punch! 

The 12-day visit to the Cariibbean will highlight the growing bilateral relationship with the U.K. and showcase some of the cultural links between the two countries. So, let's take a look at everything that happened on the fifth day of the Carribean tour... 

prince charles camilla Prime Minister of Sait Kitts and Nevis© Photo: Rex

Charles and Camilla were greeted by the Governor-General, Sir S.W. Tapley Seaton, who escorted them to receive the Royal Salute. After inspecting the Guard, Charles rejoined Camilla to meet Prime Minister, Mr. Timothy Harris.

Prince Charles is welcomed to Nevis© Photo: Rex

Charles and Camilla greeted crowds as they walked through the city centre, via the Berkley Memorial to the archway of the Old Treasury Building, which now houses the National Museum. Dressed in a light blue kaftan with a pair of white, loose trousers, the Duchess stayed dry in the Carribean drizzle by holding her umbrella while meeting locals. The royal couple were then welcomed to Nevis on the Charlestown Pier, where excited students from local schools greeted them with waving flags and smiles. 

prince charles camilla local dancers at the house of the Governor General© Photo: Getty Images

The Duke and Duchess joined the Deputy Governor-General’s Reception at Government House. Entertainment at the reception was provided by the Charlestown Primary School Steel Orchestra

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Charles tried his hand at drumming as he was given a quick lesson by one of the orchestra members.

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Later, Camilla enjoyed a rum punch on a visit to the Hermitage Plantation House, where three-year-old Ava Lupinacci presented the Duchess with a posie, before curtseying and twirling for her. She also met with Joy Napier, Representative of the Caribbean and America Region to the Commonwealth Youth Council, and Mariney Newton, President of the Gingerland Methodist Women’s League and the Methodist Circuit Women’s Commission.  

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Meanwhile, Charles paid a visit to Brimstone Hill Fort, where he unveiled a commemorative plaque before being taken to see some key points of interest at the Fort.

prince charles camilla Reception at Government House© Photo: Getty Images

Charles and Camilla attended a reception to celebrate the UK’s relationship with St. Kitts and Nevis. Their Royal Highnesses met politicians, academics, two Queen’s Young Leaders, Javon Liburd and Dion Browne, and other representatives from across the community of St. Kitts and Nevis. 

Before departing the beautiful island, the Duke and Duchess attended a farewell ceremony. They were greeted by the Governor-General who escorted Charles for the final Guard of Honour.

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