Diamond Jubilee: Prince Harry visits Mayan ruins in Belize
- 4 March 2012
- From the section UK
Prince Harry has visited the ruins of a Mayan city in Belize on the second day of his jubilee visit to the former British colony on behalf of the Queen.
The prince toured Xunantunich, a city of stone pyramids, palaces and temples that was abandoned in AD 950-1000.
He climbed the site's highest pyramid, El Castillo, as part of a private tour.
Over seven days, Prince Harry will visit the Bahamas and Jamaica as part of his jubilee tour. He will also go to Brazil for his charity, Sentebale.
Members of the Royal Family are visiting the 15 countries other than the UK where the Queen is head of state, along with some other Commonwealth nations, as part of this year's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Queen Elizabeth II Boulevard
Arriving in Belize City, Prince Harry was greeted by a guard of honour and his grandmother's representative in the country, Governor General Sir Colville Young.
He then travelled to Belize's capital, Belmopan, where he officially named a new road Queen Elizabeth II Boulevard after his grandmother and took part in a street party.
Other engagements during his time in the country include laying a wreath at the memorial to British soldiers who have died in the country over the years.
The trip to Brazil, where Prince Harry is due on Friday, will be in support of the government and his charity Sentebale, which supports orphans and vulnerable children in the southern African country of Lesotho.
Other royal tours as part of the Jubilee celebrations include a visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Far East and the Pacific.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will visit Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, the Duke of York will travel to India and the Princess Royal is set to visit Mozambique and Zambia.
The host countries are likely to hold a range of events for the visiting royals, from official banquets and public celebrations to events that showcase the individual nations.
The Diamond Jubilee will also see the Queen, 85, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 90, travel as widely as possible across the UK to mark the occasion.