Charles and Camilla attend church in Barbados as visit draws to close

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall ended their visit to Barbados by attending a traditional Sunday service.

Charles and Camilla joined the congregation of the Cathedral Church of Saint Michael and All Angels in Bridgetown, Barbados, before flying to Cuba.

The heir to the throne usually goes to church if Sunday falls within a foreign tour and the couple were joined by Governor General Dame Cecile La Grenade.

Royal tour of the Caribbean – Day 8
Royal tour of the Caribbean – Day 8

The couple were greeted by Bishop Michael Maxwell of the Anglican Diocese of Barbados before a fanfare announced their arrival to the parishioners.

The prince and duchess were joined by a number of their entourage who sat in the seats behind the couple.

The service was staged for Charles and Camilla, who were featured in the prayers, as were the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

Bishop Maxwell asked God to “endue them with thy Holy Spirit, enrich them with thy heavenly grace, prosper them with all happiness and bring them to thine everlasting kingdom”.

Charles and Camilla’s official trip to Cuba will be a first by members of the monarchy and comes after the couple’s tour of five Commonwealth Caribbean countries where the Queen is head of state.

The prince and duchess will be joined by Commonwealth minister Lord Ahmad, showing the importance the government places in developing ties with Cuba.

Buena Vista Social Club
Buena Vista Social Club

Charles met Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel in November last year at his London home, Clarence House, when the foreign leader visited the UK with a delegation of senior ministers.

At a Havana recording studio, the prince and his wife will meet members of the Buena Vista Social Club.

The group became worldwide celebrities when their 1997 album became a surprise global hit and Grammy award-winner.

Other highlights of the Cuban trip will include the couple meeting the owners of the famous vintage cars still running in Havana, although these will be British classics.

After being welcomed at the airport, the prince and his wife will start their visit by laying a wreath at the memorial for Cuba’s national hero, the essayist and poet Jose Marti.