More than a year after hosting a member of the royal family, Jamaica received yet another royal visitor. His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent is in Jamaica as the special guest of the National Road Safety Council for the period April 15-19 2013.
Shortly after his arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport, HRH was officially welcomed to King’s House by the Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, and Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen.
The following day, April 16, Prince Michael had a private breakfast meeting with members of the National Road Safety Council followed by a tour of King’s House. Later he was the guest of honour at a luncheon hosted by His Excellency the Governor-General.
“Sir, as a successful entrepreneur whose business has international scope, an accomplished sportsman, a philanthropist and Royal Patron of charitable and several worthy other causes, Your Royal Highness’ life journey till now could provide the script for a very good movie,” said the Governor-General while welcoming his guests. He also expressed his sincerest appreciation to those who were in attendance at the luncheon, pointing out that Prince Michael, who is also a competitive rally driver, is a fitting Royal Patron for the Commission for Global Road Safety especially as he his acquainted with speed and its possible deadly consequences.
Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen, Prime Minister the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller and former Prime Ministers the Honourable Andrew Holness and the Honourable Bruce Golding, and government Ministers were among those in attendance.
Prince Michael’s tour of King’s House was conducted by Special Adviser to the Governor-General Ambassador Evadne Coye. During the tour, He viewed the several posters from the NRSC safety poster competition. Tori Ebanks, the 2012 second place winner in category 1, was present to discuss her entry with the Prince.
Other activities on the itinerary planned for HRH included: visits to the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre and the Mona Geo-Informatics at the University of West Indies; Courtesy Calls on Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, and the NRSC 20th Anniversary Banquet to be held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.
Prince Michael of Kent is expected to depart Jamaica on Friday April 19.