Prince Harry drinks local rum and dances in Belize on Queen Elizabeth's behalf
The United Kingdom's Prince Harry visited Belize on Friday on behalf of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour.
Upon his landing, the Prince was greeted by the Governor General of Belize, Sir Colville Young. Later in the evening, the 27-year-old royal visited a block party in the capital city of Balmopan. Prince Harry wore a traditional Belize shirt, sampled local rum and popular dishes and danced with locals. During his visit, he also helped unveil the newly-named "Queen Elizabeth II Boulevard."
The Diamond Jubilee celebrates the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's accession to the thrones of seven countries, following the death of her father, King George VI on February 6, 1952.
"Her Majesty has asked me to send her good wishes to you all," Prince Harry told bystanders who came to see him unveil the newly-named "Queen Elizabeth II Boulevard," according to the UK Daily Mail. "She remembers so fondly her visits to this beautiful realm and speaks of the warmth of welcome she received on her most recent visit in 1994. I'm only sorry she can't make it and you're stuck with me."
The UK newspaper reported that Harry, who is third in line to the throne, drank a glass of 15-year-old rum, several shots of the local fruit wine and five different types of local beer.
Harry will spend the next seven days visiting three of his grandmother's realms of Belize, Bahamas and Jamaica, in honor of her 60-year reign. Other senior royals will also be dispatched around the world to celebrate the monarch's Diamond Jubilee.
Queen Elizabeth is scheduled to visit Leicester on March 8 with the Duke of Edinburgh and Kate Middleton, known formally as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. The tour will be Middleton's first public engagement with the Queen.
Prince Harry recently spent several months in the United States, taking part in helicopter training, which was conducted by the UK's Defense Ministry and consisted of environmental training, live firing and tactical exercises.
Prince Harry, who is known as "Captain Wales" in the army, also completed an eight-month helicopter training course that began in July 2010. He joined an Apache unit in Britain, when he returned home in December.
Harry is the younger son of the late Princess Diana, brother of Prince William, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and third in line to the British throne. Harry was born at 4:20 p.m. on Sept. 15, 1984 and began his military training in 2005 at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, according to his official biography.
Like many royals, Harry also spends time promoting his charities and taking part in other fundraising efforts. In September, he attended the BGC Charity Trading Day, an annual event created to commemorate the company's 658 employees who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York. Prince Harry broke the world record for the largest foreign currency trade. He closed a $24.8 billion foreign exchange deal, between the UK bank Barclays London and a European counter-party, via telephone.
The Prince attended the event on behalf of Sentebale, the charity he co-founded to support vulnerable children and orphans in the southern African country of Lesotho, his office said.