• SENSEX
    NIFTY 50
Politics

Prince Charles visit shines spotlight on Cuba's classic British cars

Updated : 2019-03-27 15:35:19

Cuba’s rolling museum of vintage US cars may be world-renowned, but it was the island’s collection of British vehicles, from Jaguars to MGs, that were on display on Tuesday for Prince Charles and his wife Camilla during their historic trip to Havana.

On his second full day in Cuba, the heir to the UK throne drove a black 1953 MG TD to a rally of British cars at a park known as the island’s most British corner, with its statue of John Lennon and Yellow Submarine bar.

While local musicians played covers of songs by British bands like the Beatles and Queen, the Prince of Wales spoke with owners of the cars, which like their US counterparts, predate Communist-run Cuba’s 1959 revolution.

Many of the around 50 members are Cubans who inherited the cars from their parents and grandparents and for whom they are now prized family possessions in a country where cars are expensive and hard to come by.

Charles and Camilla, who tacked the Cuba stop onto a two-week Caribbean tour of former and current British territories, also stopped to talk with members of a club of British motorbike owners and UK expats living in Havana, who were waving flags.

Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive at a British Classic Car event in Havana, Cuba, March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Sarah Marsh
Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive at a British Classic Car event in Havana, Cuba, March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Sarah Marsh
Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is greeted by locals at a British Classic Car event in Havana, Cuba March 26, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is greeted by locals at a British Classic Car event in Havana, Cuba March 26, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall meet locals at a British Classic Car event in Havana, Cuba March 26, 2019. Arthur Edwards/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall meet locals at a British Classic Car event in Havana, Cuba March 26, 2019. Arthur Edwards/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend a British Classic Car event in Havana, Cuba March 26, 2019. Arthur Edwards/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend a British Classic Car event in Havana, Cuba March 26, 2019. Arthur Edwards/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive at a British Classic Car event in Havana, Cuba March 26, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive at a British Classic Car event in Havana, Cuba March 26, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive at a British Classic Car event in Havana, Cuba March 26, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive at a British Classic Car event in Havana, Cuba March 26, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall take a tour during a British Classic Car event in Havana, Cuba March 26, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall take a tour during a British Classic Car event in Havana, Cuba March 26, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Charles takes a tour during a British Classic Car event in Havana, Cuba March 26, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Charles takes a tour during a British Classic Car event in Havana, Cuba March 26, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Charles meets local bikers at a British Classic Car event in Havana, Cuba March 26, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Charles meets local bikers at a British Classic Car event in Havana, Cuba March 26, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Charles interact with the public at an event in Havana, Cuba, March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
Britain's Prince Charles interact with the public at an event in Havana, Cuba, March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
Britain's Prince Charles inspects a vintage Jaguar at a British classic car event in Havana, Cuba March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Britain's Prince Charles inspects a vintage Jaguar at a British classic car event in Havana, Cuba March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive at a British Classic Car event in Havana, Cuba, March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive at a British Classic Car event in Havana, Cuba, March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
Britain's Prince Charles meets local bikers at a British Classic Car event in Havana, Cuba March 26, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Charles meets local bikers at a British Classic Car event in Havana, Cuba March 26, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attends a British classic car event in Havana, Cuba March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attends a British classic car event in Havana, Cuba March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Live TV

Ask Our Experts CNBC TV18