Speech by Prince Harry at Youth Rally and Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Dedication
St. Kitts and Nevis
23 November 2016
Thank you for the very…incredibly warm welcome that so we’ve received since being here.
I feel so incredibly lucky to be visiting St. Kitts and Nevis on behalf of the Queen. Her Majesty sends her best wishes to you all and is sorry not to be able to be here personally.
On trips like this, I am extremely fortunate to meet dignitaries and leaders from many fields. But what is most important to me is having the chance to meet the young people of the countries that I visit.
There is no better way to judge the future of a country than by spending time with its youth; taking the time to listen to what they have to say; and understanding their vision for the nation they will inherit.
Those performances showed that the young people of St. Kitts and Nevis have creativity and energy in bounds – two qualities that will set you up for the future – I have no doubt. So well done and thank you so much for sharing your talent with us all.
I am also really pleased to have the opportunity to thank the people of St. Kitts and Nevis for committing the Central Forest Reserve to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. My grandmother launched the Canopy project last year. And all members of the Commonwealth have agreed to donate forested lands to this international environmental work.
Your contribution is incredibly generous. Not only will it encourage more visitors to this beautiful place, but will give people around the Commonwealth the opportunity to learn about your forests and the ways you protect them. The forests we see behind us are truly amazing – thank you so much for contributing them to this project in the year of the Queen’s 90th birthday – and wow, what a present!
Thank you again for your friendly Caribbean welcome. I am only here for a short time, but can safely say that the beauty and people of St. Kitts and Nevis will stay with me for a very long time.