HAVANA TIMES – Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla arrived in Havana on Sunday on the first-ever official visit to Cuba by members of the British royal family.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, as they are officially called, disembarked from a British Royal Air Force plane at Jose Marti International Airport.
They were greeted at the airport by Cuba’s deputy foreign minister, Ana Teresita Gonzalez.
Charles placed a wreath of flowers at the monument to Cuba’ national hero, poet Jose Marti, at Revolution Square.
The official part of the visit begins Monday. Charles, who is the heir to the British throne, is to tour the historic city center of Havana and meet with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel.
The royal couple will be the guests of honor at a gala dinner in the evening.
There are no plans for them to meet former president Raul Castro, brother of late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.
On Tuesday, Charles is to participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for a solar park in a special economic zone in Mariel, 45 kilometers west of Havana, which was built with British investment.
The visit comes amid escalating tensions between Cuba and the United States, of which Britain is a key ally.
The royal couple are on a tour of the Caribbean that will also take them to various Commonwealth realms in the region. They head to the Cayman Islands on Wednesday.