Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are embarking on a Caribbean tour on Sunday, making them the first British royals to visit Communist-run Cuba.
The royals will kick off their 12-day tour of 10 islands with a visit to St Lucia, continuing onwards to Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis, and Grenada.
Many of the islands are former British colonies and retain Charles’ mother Queen Elizabeth as head of state.
On March 24, the royal couple will land in Havana for a three-day visit at the request of the British government to underscore warming British-Cuban ties, where they will dine with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who replaced Raul Castro last year.
The visit forms part of a broader normalisation of relations between the communist-run country and Western nations.
Prince Charles is set to meet some of the entrepreneurs breathing new life into the economy, even as the island faces rising hostility from Britain’s closest ally, the United States.
He and Camilla will conclude their Caribbean tour with a visit of the Cayman Islands, a British overseas territory.