Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, arrived in the Bahamas on Friday (July 6) to represent his mother, Queen Elizabeth, at the independence celebrations next Tuesday.
GV & MV HMS Minerva entering harbour
MV PAN Prince Charles down gangplank, meets Governor and officials plus Prime Minister
MV Crowds watch as Prince inspects guard of honour (2 shots)
GV & MV VIPs look on as Prince Charles shakes hands with officials (3 shots)
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Background: Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, arrived in the Bahamas on Friday (July 6) to represent his mother, Queen Elizabeth, at the independence celebrations next Tuesday.
The Prince sailed into Nassau harbour aboard the H.M.S. Frigate Minerva, on which he's currently serving as an assistant gunnery officer.
He told the crowds at the official opening of celebrations that he was glad of the opportunity to spend a few days on land... and get away form his superior officers.
SYNOPSIS: Prince Charles, currently an assistant gunnery officer aboard the British frigate Minerva, became official representative of his mother, Queen Elizabeth when he arrived at Nassau for the start of celebrations marking the Bahamas independence. The crew watched as the Prince stepped ashore to be greeted by Governor Sir John Paul... who will quit his function at midnight on Tuesday... and Prime Minister Lynden Pindling, who'll lead the Bahamas as a newly independent state.
The Prince raised a big laugh with the crowds later at the official start to celebrations when he said he was delighted to be spending a few days ashore... away from the clutches of his superior officers. In subsequent ceremonies, the Prince will hand over the instruments of independence to Mr. Pindling.