Prince Charles and Camilla Caribbean trip: How Royals will become FIRST in historic visit

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall have announced the destinations of their next royal tour. Commencing on March 17, the couple will be island hopping in the Caribbean. They will visit Commonwealth nations in the region to celebrate the Monarchy’s relationship with the former British territories. The British Government has requested one extra destination on their itinerary however, the seldom seen nation of Cuba.

Prince Charles and Camilla will be setting foot in Cuba as part of their next royal tour.

Starting on March 17, the royals will visit a number of islands in the Caribbean, including St Lucia and Barbados.

They will stay in the area before jetting to Cuba on March 24, where they will engage in a number of cultural activities.

Their visit will start with an official dinner hosted by President of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel.

While there they will be undertaking a varied programme of activities meant to strengthen ties between the UK and Cuba.

Their first act will be laying a wreath at the memorial of a Cuban national hero – essayist and poet José Martí.

A specific focus on cultural and academic connections will continue from there, with key themes such as the arts and youth entrepreneurship.

Their presence in the country is a particular landmark for the UK however, as it may signify a turning point for UK-Cuban relations.

Why is Cuba an important destination for the Royal Family?

The Royal Family has not set foot in Cuba since a Communist regime was established in the country in 1959.

Charles and Camilla’s latest visit may be used to explore the possibility of fostering new government connections.

According to the Prince of Wales’ website, the Duke and Duchess will be visiting to highlight “the growing bilateral relationship with the UK.”

This is particularly significant as Charles and Camilla may be acting as a “soft power” with their strictly diplomatic relationship as representatives of the UK.

Their presence may be useful in fostering a new relationship with the country outside of pressures which may come with the arrival of a political figurehead entering the country for talks.

The US already made its own move to develop a dialogue with Cuba in 2016, when Barack Obama visited following Cuban premier Fidel Castro’s death.

Now, the British Government may be following his example and using the Royal Family to explore any possibility of pursuing a deeper political relationship.