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Prince's visit to cost $3 million

Thursday, March 01, 2012    

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IT will cost Jamaica $3 million to host Prince Harry during his four-day visit to the island to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth ll.

Prince Harry, who is scheduled to arrive in Jamaica next week Monday, is making his first trip to the Caribbean. He will arrive at the Norman Manley International Airport at 5:00 pm and he will be given a 21-gun salute by a Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) guard of honour.

Yesterday, minister with responsibility for information, Senator Sandrea Falconer said the country will not have to pay for accommodation for the prince as he will be housed at King's House as the guest of Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen.

"I can only tell you what we have been given and what is approved and that budget is $3 million," Falconer told journalists at yesterday's weekly Jamaica House press briefing in Kingston. "He is being accommodated at King's House so we are not paying for any accommodation for the Prince," she stressed.

Falconer said the prince's military function and his personal interest in the welfare of children will be reflected in the places he will visit. On Tuesday, he will visit the Usain Bolt Track at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, where he will observe child athletes and young national athletes during a training session. Prince Harry will also visit the university's law faculty, as well as the Bustamante Hospital for Children and will also be hosted at a luncheon by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

Prince Harry will co-pilot a helicopter from the JDF Air Wing to the William Knibb Memorial High School playing field, which will be followed by a tour of Falmouth, the Trelawny capital, after which he will be treated to a Jamaica Night event on the Sandals Royal Caribbean Hotel's Kokomo Island in Montego Bay, being staged by the Government in partnership with Sandals Resorts.

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