Bienvenidos, Your Highnesses!
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles made history on Sunday as the first members of the British royal family to visit Cuba in an official capacity, according to the BBC. Charles's mother, Queen Elizabeth, has never made a state visit to Cuba, which came under Communist rule by Fidel Castro in 1959.
As their first stop off the plane, the royal duo attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial of Cuba’s national hero, essayist and poet José Martí.
The Prince and duchess stopped off in Cuba as part of their royal tour of the Caribbean, which includes 12 days of over 50 engagements in Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, St. Kitts, the Cayman Islands and Grenada. (And we hope your royal highnesses get a chance to relax on the Cuban beaches at some point...)
The heir to the royal throne is set to spend Monday and Tuesday in Havana, then Wednesday touring the south coast of the country and learning about the flora, fauna and environmental conservation efforts taking place in Cuba. He will depart Cuba on Wednesday.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall spoke of their groundbreaking royal tour of the Caribbean in early February, but Camilla was a little apprehensive about the royal menu.
“She said she loved the music and was interested in the architecture. And she did make a remark about she wasn’t so sure about the food,” Baroness Brenda Hale told The Telegraph after speaking with Parker-Bowles at the U.K. Supreme Court on February 5.
We hope you got your hands on some mojitos and fried plantains already.