Prince Harry to soak up the sun in Brazil
Party-loving Prince Harry is to visit Rio as part of his first solo royal tour in March. The 27-year-old is also planning to stay on in Brazil for a three day holiday afterwards, giving him plenty of time admire the sights on Ipanema Beach.
The third-in-line-to-the-throne is undertaking the 10-day trip on behalf of the Queen as part of his grandmother's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
He will visit Belize from March 2 to 3, the Bahamas from March 3 to 5 and the Jamaica (including Kingston and Falmouth) March 5 to 8.
Afterwards he will fly onto Brazil, visiting Rio de Janeiro and the State of Sao Paolo, between March 9 to 11.
St James's Palace said the South American leg of his trip was being carried out 'at the request and in support of' the British Government.
Organised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, it is designed to 'enhance' the partnership between the United Kingdom and Brazil, which is regarded as a vital emerging market for British exports.
A spokesman for the prince said he also hoped to use the visit to further the interests of the charitable foundation he has set up with his brother, Prince William, which focuses on young people, conservation and the armed forces.