They’re in the midst of a hectic royal tour, but Prince Charles and his wife Camilla have managed to find some downtime to hit the beach during their 12-day official visit to the Caribbean.
Looking incredibly lithe for a man in his eighth decade, the Prince of Wales, 70, was seen strolling along the beach in Barbados, sporting a pair of floral bathing trunks, before taking a dip in the sea.
Meanwhile, his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, 71, donned a blue one-piece swimming costume and a pair of sunglasses for the relaxed outing yesterday, ahead of their official engagements on the island.
The royal couple are currently on a tour of the Caribbean which will include a four-day visit to Cuba begining on March 24 – the first by members of the monarchy.
Prince Charles, 70, showed off his trim frame in natty floral trunks as he hit the beach in Barbados. He and Camilla are enjoying some down time ahead of of a packed royal tour of the Caribbean
The Prince of Wales in the sea at Bondi Beach during an official visit to Australia in 1983
One’s day off! Prince Charles took advantage of a break in his hectic Caribbean tour schedule to take a dip in the sea in Barbados
Soaking up the sun! The Prince of Wales took a moment to survey his surroundings after enjoying a dip in the sea in Barbados
During their tour, Charles and Camilla will also visit St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada and the Cayman Islands, .
Charles and Camilla looked happy and relaxed as they walked along the golden sand, wearing their bathing suits and carrying striped towels.
As they made their way along the beach Charles was seen looking towards his wife and saying a few words before indulging in a swim.
During their stay in Barbados, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will sit down for talks with two leading figures from the island’s national life.
Royally relaxing! The Prince cooled off with a refreshing dip in the sea as he enjoyed a day at the beach in Barbados
Water a bit chilly! The future king grimaced as he paddled his way back to shore following a dip in the sea during a visit to the beach in Barbados
Charles and Camilla will meet Dame Sandra Mason, who as Governor General is the Queen’s representative on the Commonwealth island, and the country’s first woman prime minister Mia Mottley.
A barrister who studied at the London School of Economics, Ms Mottley came to power in May last year when her Barbados Labour Party inflicted a crushing defeat on the ruling Democratic Labour Party, winning all the seats in parliament.
In 2017 Charles visited the Caribbean in the wake of hurricanes Maria and Irma to see for himself the damage wreaked by the natural disasters.
He will meet the men and women who are safeguarding Barbados in the event another natural disaster strikes the region when he visits Garrison Savannah. He will learn about the nation’s disaster response system and watch a demonstration.
Oh I do like to be beside the sea! The Prince of Wales enjoyed some downtime during his royal tour of Barbados with wife Camilla
The prince will also visit the Nidhe Israel Synagogue, which dates from 1654 and is one of the oldest Jewish places of worship in the Americas.
Camilla will carry out her own programme of events including attending a Big Lunch event at the Derrick Smith School and joining a Women of the World meeting.
The Caribbean tour started when Prince Charles landed in St Lucia on Sunday and was warmly greeted by the Prime Minister Allen Chastane.
The trip to the island paradise was a brief stop of a few hours, as he then flew onto Barbados where the Duchess of Cornwall was waiting. Camilla had already flown out to the island.
After arriving in St Lucia Charles spoke at the open-air event before prime minister Allen Chastanet, governor-general Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac, British High Commissioner Steve McCready and other guests including students.
Charles said: ‘The Commonwealth has been a cornerstone of my life for as long as I can remember and, through all the unprecedented global challenge of these past seven decades, it seems to me that the Commonwealth remains as vital today as it has ever been.’
Speaking about the global threat posed by climate change the prince went on to say: ‘Importantly, the Commonwealth brings us together and gives us the means to harness shared opportunities, as well as to address common challenges.
‘There is no greater challenge facing all of us, in my view, than that of global warming and climate change which, I know, poses nothing short of an existential threat to this island as it does to every part of this region.’
He went on to talk about his 2017 visit to the Caribbean in the wake of hurricanes Maria and Irma to see for himself the damage wreaked by the natural disasters.
Charles also praised St Lucia’s ‘abundant talent and creativity’ which got enthusiastic applause from the crowds in stands at the sports field hosting the event.
The prince’s flying visit has given the St Lucians an excuse to extend celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the country’s independence, and an official ceremonial welcome and parade will be staged in the open air later for Charles.
With its tropical forests, famous Pitons – towering volcanic plugs that are a World Heritage site – and picturesque towns the island is the archetypal Caribbean destination.
It was fought over many times during the 17th and 18th century before Britain took control of the strategically important island from the French and today its culture still reflects these influences especially in the French creole widely spoken.
The former crown colony of Britain, whose economy has moved from sugar production to tourism and banana growing, is one of the Queen’s realms meaning Charles is not a foreign royal but a prince of St Lucia.