(Express UK)PRINCE Charles is to make his first visit to three Caribbean island nations to meet survivors of two hurricanes that killed 263 people and left a trail of destruction estimated at £88billion.
The heir to the throne will tour the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, and Dominica over three days from Friday to show his support for recovery efforts after Hurricanes Irma and Maria laid waste to large swathes of the countries in late August and September.
Charles, 69, will be joined during the visit by Penny Mordaunt, the new International Development Secretary, who replaced Priti Patel last week.
The British Government was criticised by some for the speed of its response in providing aid and support after Hurricane Irma struck the region.
The Queen is head of state in Antigua and Barbuda and the British Virgin Islands and Dominica is a former Crown colony.
But the UK has so far committed £62 million to the relief effort following Irma and Maria and has promised to match public commitments to the British Red Cross Appeal up to £3 million.
More than 1,300 UK troops were deployed to help with relief and recovery.
Clarence House said in a statement: “His Royal Highness’s visit comes following the widespread devastation in the region caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
“During the tour the Prince of Wales will meet members of the local communities and hear about the ways in which they have been recovering since the storms hit the Islands.
“The Prince of Wales will arrive in Antigua and Barbuda on Friday November 17, conducting engagements on the island of Antigua that day.
“His Royal Highness will visit Barbuda and the British Virgin Islands on Saturday November 18.
“On the final day of the tour, Sunday November 19, the Prince will conduct engagements in Dominica.”
An aerial view of the outskirts of Roseau.
A spokeswoman for Ms Mordaunt said: “The International Development Secretary will also be joining the visit to see first-hand the impact of the UK Government’s humanitarian relief efforts that were monumental in getting the islands open for business and tourists following the hurricanes.
“Her visit will demonstrate the UK is committed to working with the affected islands on their long-term reconstruction efforts so that each island can build back better.
“She will also have the chance to thank our British humanitarian heroes and the military who have worked tirelessly to help rebuild people’s lives.”
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