During their four-day trip to Cuba, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall decided to mix work and play. Their visit to the island had historical significance – it is the first time that a British monarch has visited the post-revolutionary country – but they have not refrained from taking advantage of the most beautiful locations and activities.
The couple embraced Cuba’s love for vintage cars on Tuesday at an event organized to bring remarkable cars from Britain together, according to Reuters. In a few Ray-Bans, the Prince of Wales got behind the wheel of a 1953 MG TD, a British roadster known for its striking grille. Charles himself is a car enthusiast, owner of an Aston Martin, but according to the prince the MG was difficult to drive. “The one I drove is the most beautiful car,” he said. “It has an incredibly powerful accelerator, it’s incredibly close to the brake, so you have to be careful not to press the wrong one.”
On Wednesday, their last day on the island, the couple went to a paladar, a private restaurant, where they got vegetables and food from around the island, and Charles used a hand crank to squeeze sugar cane in the traditional way
They stepped behind the bar to make mojitos and drank in front of the cameras. By the Daily Mail, Charles asked their host if he was moderating the coin correctly, and the Duchess bravely said, “Cheers!”
They then tasted different types of food; Charles was partial to a goat cheese that he tried and even asked for a recipe for black bean croquettes. Although she reportedly hesitated about Cuban food before leaving England, Camilla told onlookers that she wanted to send her son, Tom Parker Bowles, a food writer, to the island. Before she left for the Cayman Islands, she stopped at the national equestrian center of Cuba to feed a few horses, including one named Diane.
They also did the more traditional parts of a royal visit. They met the British ambassador to Cuba, Antony Stokes, who called the visit “very important”. Prince Charles visited a laboratory to hear about biotechnology, and also spoke with artists about their reaction to a tornado that hit Havana in January. Camilla met with activists working on issues related to domestic violence. They took a dance performance on Wednesday at the Grand Theater Alicia Alonso.
Charles and Camilla return to England on Thursday and the Prince’s next planned visit is a visit to the British Muslim Heritage Center in Manchester next week.