Saturday, March 3, 2012

Prince Harry in the Caribbean

Prince Harry certainly seems to be enjoying himself in Belize, one of his grandmother's 15 Commonwealth Realms, where he is representing her as part of the Diamond Jubilee. The people of Belize are clearly enjoying welcoming him as well. What is clear from this video though is that far from mere frivolity Prince Harry's well-deserved popularity, charm, and sense of humour are invaluable assets in the public relations of the monarchy. Everyone who cares about the future of the Crown in the Commonwealth Realms should be grateful to Prince Harry, who concluded his visit to Belize by laying a memorial wreath at a memorial to British soldiers and now goes on to the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Brazil.

Meanwhile, back in Britain, only two months after heart surgery his 90-year-old grandfather Prince Philip is back to carriage driving. Three generations of royal women, the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duchess of Cambridge delighted staff, dignitaries, and award recipients at Fortnum & Mason. Encouragingly, growing enthusiasm for the Diamond Jubilee suggests that it may be even more popular than last year's triumphant royal wedding.

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