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Prince Charles and Camilla launch first royal visit to Cuba

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla began the first official trip to Cuba by the British royal family on Sunday, in a pomp-filled display of disagreement with the Trump administration s strategy of economically isolating the communist island. The heir to the British throne arrived in Havana and laid a wreath at the memorial to colonial independence hero Jose Marti, near massive portraits of socialist revolutionary icons including guerrilla fighter Che Guevara. The next two days include visits to historic sites, a solar park, organic farm and biomedical research centre, and a meeting with entrepreneurs, cultural gala and dinner with President Miguel Diaz-Canel. It does not include visits with political dissidents or other critics of Cuba s single-party system, a decision prompting criticism from Cuban exiles. Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida last month asked Charles to cancel his trip based on Cuba s support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the island s decades-long ...

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