Prince Charles and his wife Camilla arrived in Cuba last night for a historic visit. This is the first official British royal visit to the island ever.

Upon their arrival at Havana airport, the couple was welcomed by Cuban Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ana Teresita Gonzalez. Then it went to Plaza de la Revolución, where Prince Charles laid a flower wreath at the monument in memory of independence leader José Marti.

The visit is part of a tour of Charles and Camilla in the Caribbean. The couple will stay in the Cuban capital until Wednesday. Then they travel further to the Cayman Islands, a British territory.

Guests of honor

Today, Charles and Camilla are the guests of honor at an official dinner offered by President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who succeeded Raul Castro in April 2018. Tomorrow Prince Charles will visit a solar power plant that was funded with British money and will be taken into use in December. He also attends a ballet in the Gran Teatro of Havana.

At the announcement of the trip, Clarence House, the official residence of Prince Charles, stated that the stopover in Cuba came “at the request of the British government” and is intended to promote “growing bilateral relations” and “cultural ties” in the to paint.