Prince Charles becomes first British royal to visit Cuba
Updated : March 25, 2019 01:45 PM IST
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla landed in Havana on Sunday for the first official trip by the British royal family to Communist-run Cuba even as Britain's top ally the United States seeks to isolate the island nation.
Shortly after arriving on a Royal Air Force plane, the heir to the British throne laid a wreath of flowers at the memorial to independence hero Jose Marti on Havana's Revolution Square dominated by massive portraits of guerrilla fighters including Ernesto "Che" Guevara.
During his three-day historic visit, which is part of a broader Caribbean tour, the 70-year old Prince of Wales is set to dine with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, tour Havana's restored colonial district, visit community and green energy projects and review a parade of antique British cars.
The royal visit, in line with a broader normalization in relations between the West and Cuba, comes three years after one by former US President Barack Obama then billed as the start of a new chapter for ties between the old Cold War foes
Since Donald Trump became US president, however, the United States has reverted to its decades-old strategy of seeking to pressure Cuba to change, including tightening its crippling trade embargo on the island.