Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Don't step on my blue suede shoes: Party Prince Harry gets down to Bob Marley in Jamaica wearing brightly-coloured desert boots

By Rebecca English

The reluctant rhumba: The prince looks unsure at first when he is invited to dance... but he soon warms up

Prince Harry danced his socks off in blue suede shoes yesterday.

The prince was visiting the Rise Life project in downtown Kingston when he was pulled to his feet by attractive Chantol Dormer.

The 27-year-old royal proved that, unlike most men, he had remarkably good rhythm as he gyrated to a rendition of reggae legend Bob Marley's One Love.

Harry was wearing an eye-wincingly bright pair of £115 Russell and Bromley desert boots.

Scroll down to see Harry dancing

Showing him the moves: After a tentative start, the young royal soon gets to grips with the routine

Rhythm and blue shoes: Harry the party prince takes to the floor with Chantol Dormer as the pair dance to Bob Marley

As the Mail revealed on Tuesday there has already been a rush to snap up the identical light brown pair he has been wearing all week.

Rise Life is an inspirational project for young people in one of the more deprived districts of Kingston, providing learning facilities and a safe haven for young people aged from about 10 years old upwards.

Harry met children and staff participating in a counselling session and viewed some of the centre’s facilities including an IT workshop, before attending a Rise Life party in the courtyard with scores of young people and staff.

Last night Harry attended a black tie state dinner with Prime Minister Mrs Simpson.
In a well-received speech the prince had his audience eating out of his hand with a few jokes in the local patois.

He said: 'I count it a great privilege to be standing here tonight, representing The Queen in Jamaica on her Diamond Jubilee. Her Majesty has asked me to extend her great good wishes to you all, and is sorry that she can't be here - so you're stuck with me... but don't worry, cos every liddle ting gonna be aright! '

Meeting royalty: Prince Harry greets the widow of reggae legend Bob Marley during his visit to Kingston

Prince Charming: The locals seemed enamoured by the young royal as stopped off in Kingston as part of his the Diamond Jubilee tour

Harry added: 'It is many years since The Queen first came to Jamaica – 59, in fact. Ever since then, this island and its people have retained a very special place in her heart.

'Your vibrancy and vigour, your wonderful welcome to visitors and your island's natural beauties - all combine to make Jamaica unique. ‬‪The Queen recognised this.

'As a representative of the younger generation, I see fully what my Grandmother means.

'This is truly an exciting place to be. Jamaicans are exciting people to be around - especially when they run the 100 metres in 9.58.

Ladies' man: The female dancers and musicians from the Rise Life project seemed particularly taken with the prince

'If I may, just for a moment, I would like to take this opportunity to pay a personal tribute to my Grandmother. For me, as for millions of people around the world, her lifetime’s service to others is truly an inspiration.

'But she combines all her virtues as a leader and as a Head of State, with those of being a wonderful, caring grandmother - to whom we, her grandchildren, are utterly devoted.‬‪

'It just leaves me, therefore, to say on behalf of The Queen how grateful Her Majesty is for the heartfelt way in which Jamaicans have embraced her Diamond Jubilee and are helping her to celebrate it.

‬‪ 'As for me, I haven't been here for long, but - wow - if I had, I'm not sure my Grandmother would get me back.'



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