Friday, March 2, 2012

OMG, Prince Harry is here

Not a whole lot happens here in Belmopan.  So, when it was announced a month ago that Prince Harry (the "cute one who still has his hair" as I was told) was coming to Belize, it was kind of a big deal.  When we found out that he was actually coming to Belmopan and would actually be just down the street from the Embassy, it became a huge deal.  Rumors have been circling for the past month about where he was going and what he was doing.  I'll admit, I was pretty disappointed when I realized that there wouldn't be any exclusive diplomatic function that I would get invited to.  I was just going to be another commoner.

The actual celebration was a street party changing the name of Cohune Walk Boulevard to "Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Boulevard" (seriously, that is the whole name).  The street party started at 4 and the Prince was supposed to show up at 530 or 6.  Of course, he didn't arrive until 645.  After a few quick speeches and a dance, he walked down the Boulevard, stopping at various booths to drink some Belikin Beer or Caribbean rum, and presumably ate some rice and beans (they fed his grandmother some gibnut when she came here in 1994 and it is still known as the "Queen's rat.")
The most disappointing part of the evening was that I couldn't convince our intern Kristin (who was semi-obsessed with this visit) to toss out a glass slipper in front of him.

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