Samba and screams: Prince Harry arrives in Rio to warm reception

Samba and screaming girls: Prince Harry arrives in Rio to warm receptionGetty


Prince Harry this weekend continues his Diamond Jubilee tour - and arrived in Brazil to a warm welcome of samba dancing and screaming girls.

The prince attended a Government-backed event on Sugarloaf Mountain as part of a huge tourism campaign, called GREAT, in an attempt to attract more visitors to Britain in the run up to the Olympic Games and the Diamond Jubilee.

Harry arrived at the top of the mountain in a Union Jack-printed cable car, and was introduced to the crowds by David Beckham via a video link.

The event showcased top names and products from Britain's culture and businesses, including James Bond memorabilia, a fashion tent featuring Stella McCartney and Burberry, and cars on show like Bentleys and Aston Martin.

Samba and screaming girls: Prince Harry arrives in Rio to warm receptionPA


Other British attendees included model Lily Cole, and chef Marcus Wareing, who devised a menu for the 700 guests.

The prince gave a speech while he was there, saying: "Thank you for a stunning Anglo-Brazilian welcome to your spellbinding city – I've got to get this right – this 'cidade maravilhosa'.

"Over the years, I've seen and heard so much about this extraordinary place – in fact, ever since my father told me about a certain dance he once had with a beautiful girl called Pinah. It just seems to have stuck in his mind for some reason."

He is due to take part in a beach volleyball match with former Olympic athlete Adriana Behar in Rio, and said: "It's my kind of game."

The £25 million GREAT campaign aims to attract an extra 4.6 million visitors and an estimated £2.3 billion visitor spend to the UK over the next four years.

According to the Telegraph, Rio is one of 14 key cities have been identified for Britain's biggest ever tourism campaign, as well as Mumbai, Sao Paulo, and Shanghai.

The prince is in Rio for a three-day visit, which began with a helicopter tour of the city sights and lunch in a traditional restaurant, according to the Daily Mail.

He has already bopped to Bob Marley in Jamaica, enjoyed street dancing in Belize, and 'won' a race against Usain Bolt, and Harry will now enjoy all the charms of Brazil, while promoting Britain on behalf of the Queen.

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