Prince Charles makes his first official visit to Antigua & Barbuda

The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles arrived in Antigua yesterday on a British Airways Commercial flight accompanied by the new International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt; to a red carpet welcome at the V.C. Bird International Airport.

Prince Charles was greeted by the Governor General Sir Rodney Williams and his wife Lady Williams, the Prime Minister Hon. Gaston Browne and his wife Mrs. Maria Bird Browne, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tourism, Immigration and International Trade, Hon. Charles Max Fernandez and other members of the Cabinet.

Prince Charles is on three-day tour to see the damage caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria which decimated the Leeward Islands and Dominica in September.

His visit came as the UK government announced a further £15m support for territories affected by the hurricane, bringing the total to £92m, £13m will be donated to Dominica and £3m will be donated to Barbuda.

Following his arrival at the V.C. Bird Int’l Airport the prince visited the National Technical Training Center which is being used as a temporary shelter for the Barbudans affected by Hurricane Irma.

The Prince visited Barbuda this morning; an island the late Princess Diana loved dearly and visited often with their children for vacation. The Prince was taken on a tour of the Holy Trinity School and the Hanna Thomas Hospital.

At last night’s reception hosted by the Governor General at the Government House, the Prince said it was painful beyond words to see the devastation that was so cruelly wrought across the Caribbean by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in those few, terrible weeks in September.

He says the loss of life and property and the damage to the natural environment have been utterly heartbreaking.

“This is why it was so important to me that I should come to the Caribbean this weekend, to show my support, however inadequate that may be for those who have suffered so greatly; and to thank all those who have worked so tirelessly and courageously to help and assist them.”

The Prince departed from Barbuda and is now visiting the BVI where he will meet with the Red Cross staff who are supporting families left homeless and attend a community reception at the Government House.

The Prince will return to Antigua later this evening and will be taken on a guided tour at the Nelson’s Dockyard before his departure to Dominica on Sunday.