Prince Harry's visit to Botswana
Wednesday 16, June 2010
Jennifer Anderson High Commissioner, Gaborone said: "Well our Royal visit has started. In the final few days beforehand I had the sensation we had all climbed onto a roller coaster and were climbing to the top of the big dipper before it all slipped into high speed action."
"We made the most of those days, doing two reconnaissance visits to a local school that Prince Harry will visit and meeting up with the advance party to go through the remainder of the programme and arrangements. Inevitably there were last minute changes. Smooth improvisation is going to be essential.
We kicked off in style with Prince Harry attending our annual Queen’s Birthday Party at my residence. The Party is held at British embassies and high commissions around the world to celebrate the official birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It is the main event for the year for all our key contacts. This year we decided to make the very most of the occasion. With the support of Standard Chartered Bank we put on a true British garden party. The Vice President, Minister for Trade and a large number of local dignitaries attended and enjoyed a perfect afternoon under the Botswana sun. The Party included a performance by the Mophato Dance Troupe of their modern dance ‘Goalmouth’. It is a world cup inspired performance, produced with the support of the British Council. It will be performed at Canary Wharf and the Sage Theatre Gateshead in the next few weeks.
Prince William arrives this morning and we will start the full programme. I’ll be blogging about that when we get back from Maun in northern Botswana."
(Source: Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
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