PEOPLE – Prince Harry has arrived in Antigua to begin his two-week visit to the Caribbean.
The 32-year-old royal, who has recently made headlines for his relationship with American actress Meghan Markle, greeted soldiers when he landed in the island nation wearing a blue suit and light blue tie.
Harry headed to the Caribbean to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Independence in Antigua and Barbuda and the 50th Anniversary of Independence in Barbados and Guyana on behalf of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. He’ll visit seven countries — Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Barbados and Guyana — during his visit.
This will be the prince’s second official visit to the Caribbean, the first occurring in 2012.
“Prince Harry holds special memories of his last visit to the Caribbean, and of the warmth, friendliness and sense of fun that comes so naturally to this region,” a spokesperson for Kensington Palace said in a statement. “His Royal Highness is greatly looking forward to meeting more of the people who call it home, and for the opportunity during this tour to be visiting some countries for the first time.”
The spokesperson continues,”“This visit will allow Prince Harry to experience more of the unique and individual cultures and traditions of these special Commonwealth Realms and countries. His Royal Highness is grateful to have the chance to visit nations that play such important roles in the Commonwealth, and have extended such warmth to his family for many years.”
During his visit, Harry will learn about local projects, visit charities and unveil dedications to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, a project encouraging Commonwealth countries to preserve forests for future generations.