Prince Harry crowned with a feathered headdress during visit to rainforest community

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Prince Harry looked every inch the village chief when he was crowned with a feathered headdress during a visit to a remote rainforest community.

The prince was welcomed to the village of Surama in Guyana by lines of Union flag-waving children who lined a dusty track which led to the village totem pole, then by a cultural dance.

Prince Harry
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Harry had flown by light aircraft to a remote airfield in the middle of a rainforest to meet the Amerindians, who have been running an eco-tourism venture for visitors.

He was following in the footsteps of his father the Prince of Wales, who visited the area in 2000, and just like his dad before was fitted with a headdress made from macaw feathers.

Abigail Buckley-Allicock, 31, placed the elaborate piece on Harry's head and he adjusted it before watching four men and four women perform a welcome dance.

Prince Harry
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They were dressed in costumes made of shell, glass beads and crocheted cotton, and moved around the totem pole carved with stylised images of nature and wildlife.

The prince declined to take part in a love dance - symbolising the matchmaking events that take place in the community - and sat on a bench nodding and clapping as the performance took place.

Later, Harry was taken to the open-air community hall where he was welcomed by elders with speeches, presented with presents - including a painting of traditional homes - and in response gave a speech praising the people of the remote community.

Prince Harry
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He said: "My father told me what an amazing time he had here, when he was far younger and had far more hair.

"The positive thing you are doing here, it's incredible, your leadership is so important to ensure the protection of this place."