When Harry met Miss Bahamas: Couple meet a day after beauty queen declared she would marry the dashing prince
Yesterday she said she would marry Prince Harry and today Miss Bahamas came face to face with the dashing royal during a reception in Nassau.
Anastagia Pierre, 23, yesterday declared she was in town to fall in love with the 27-year-old prince and was obviously enamoured with Harry keeping a fixed gaze on him during their meeting.
The two met at a reception for youth leaders, held at the Sheraton Hotel, as part of his Diamond Jubilee ten-day tour.
The look of love Prince Harry talks with Miss Bahamas 2011 Anastagia Pierre during a reception for youth leaders, held at the Sheraton Hote in Nassau, Bahamas
Anastagia wore a slinky red dress for their meeting, which also involved another beauty queen (and possible rival), Sasha Joyce, the island's Miss Bahamas World entrant.
Anastagia was declared Miss Bahamas Universe in the same competition as Miss Joyce, in April 2011.
Sasha wore a purple number, while Harry was dressed in a dark blue two-piece with a white shirt.
Yesterday Anastagia declared: 'I came here to fall in love with Prince Harry….he's hot! He
is single now, so would I marry him, yes!'
Three's a crowd Anastagia (in the red) said yesterday that she would love to marry the young prince
Beauty queen: Miss Bahamas, Anastagia Pierre says she would marry the single prince
Miss Pierre, a model and broadcaster
who recently competed in the Miss Universe competition, added: 'I am
fascinated by the Royal Family, I have watched every interview Princess
Diana has ever done.
is great respect here for the Royal Family and we are hugely excited
that Prince Harry has come here to see us. It is all over the
Prince Harry arrived in the Bahamas yesterday to represent his grandmother for the first time – and left with a new legion of female followers.
He was greeted by cheers and screams as he conducted his first engagement wearing the No. 1 Tropical Dress of The Blues and Royals, the first time that he has worn the uniform in public.
Although he is attached to the Army Air Corps, with whom he recently qualified as an Apache helicopter pilot, the prince is still officially a member of the Household Cavalry regiment.
Royal appointment: Prince Harry meets Bahamas Governor General Arthur Folkes at Government House in Nassau, Bahamas
Guest of honour: Prince Harry leaves Christ Church Cathedral after Sunday service
The prince's uniform was made up of a white tunic and lightweight blue twill trousers with the cavalry's distinctive red stripe down the side. Instead of a forage cap, however, he was wearing the light blue beret of the Army Air Corps.
Around his torso was a gold sash, off which hung his ceremonial sword on the front and a cartouche on the back which was traditionally used to carry messages in.
Harry was also wearing gold epaulettes and three medals: (from left to right) his Afghanistan campaign medal, the Queen's Golden Jubilee medal and her Diamond Jubilee medal, which he was given special permission by his grandmother to wear as they have not been seen in public before.
Blessing: Prince Harry arrives at Christ Church Cathedral as part of his Diamond Jubilee tour of the Caribbean
The uniform also featured the Army Air
Corps wings above his medals and on his arm an eagle patch which
represents the standard that was taken from the French at the battle of
Waterloo by the Royal Dragoons, the predecessors to the Blues and
Medal behaviour: (from left to right) his Afghanistan campaign medal, the Queen's Golden Jubilee medal and her Diamond Jubilee medal
In a speech delivered later in the day, Harry delivered a message from the Queen to the people of the Bahamas.
He said: 'I stand before you with a deep sense of pride at being asked to convey to you a message of good wishes from The Queen on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.
'The Bahamas holds a special place in Her Majesty’s heart. Her love for this realm and you, the Bahamian people, stretches back over the decades, right to that first visit in 1966.'
He concluded: 'I am greatly looking forward to the next 24 hours and the chance to explore and meet more of the people of these stunning islands. I hope, for me, that this is the first of many visits.
'I’ll certainly be showing off about it to my brother and sister-in-law when I return home.
'If I may, I would like to conclude by quoting back at you your own motto, which so encapsulates The Queen’s extraordinary life-long commitment to service and community: ‘Forward, Upward, Onward, Together.’
As he left Harry conducted a brief walkabout shaking hands and high fiving wellwishers.
Scout and about: The prince meets a local scout group
Prince charming: Harry impressed in his No. 1 Tropical Dress of The Blues and Royals
The prince is currently on his first week-long foreign tour on behalf of The Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee.
His trip began in Belize last Friday and moves onto Jamaica later this week.
will then travel onto Brazil to help launch a government trade mission
in Rio, intriguingly taking on some of the responsibilities that would
normally have fallen to his uncle, Prince Andrew, who was forced to
formally give up his globe-trotting UK industry role last year after a
slew of gaffes.
Gusto: Harry threw himself into his visit in typical style
On tour: The Prince arrives at Christ Church Cathedral in Nassau
Although the tour has serious undertones, the fun-loving prince has thrown himself into engagements with typical gusto.
While in Belize he sipped rum punch
and danced in the streets with dignitaries, including the Queen’s
Governor-General, earning himself a legion of local fans.
however, Harry showed his more formal side as he officially called at
Government House in the capital, Nassau, to pay his respects on behalf
of his grandmother to the Governor General of the Bahamas, the Prime
Minister and other members of the cabinet.
Shell shocked: Britain's Prince Harry receives a gift from Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Hubert Ingraham at Government House
Nice to meet you, guv: Britain's Prince Harry speaks to Sir Arthur Foulkes, governor general of the commonwealth of the Bahamas
the distinctive pink-painted house, where his late great-great uncle
the Duke of Windsor lived during the Second World War when he was
Governor General of the region, Harry chatted easily about his family.
about his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, who was pictured by the
Mail last week carriage driving just eight weeks after heart surgery,
the prince revealed he had astonished them all with his recovery and had
made clear he had no intention of slowing down.
'Now that he has got a new spurt of life he is carrying on doing all he can,' he said.
also exchanged gifts, giving inscribed photographs of himself to mark
the occasion and receiving for the Queen a painting of a fish and for
himself a raised ceramic of a turtle.
What a picture! Harry is presented with another gift
All white: Prince Harry walks with his private Secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton after attending a service of morning prayer at Christ Church Cathedral
Island's favourite: Prince Harry talks to people after attending a service of morning prayer at Christ Church Cathedral
he attended a service of morning prayer at Christ Church Cathedral in
the city centre, which included a thanksgiving for Her Majesty’s Diamond
The congregation included leading members of the local community.
For queen and country: Prince Harry opens a Diamond jubilee exhibition in Nassau
It's me! Harry holds an image of himself at the Diamond Jubilee opening
As the service ended he took to the streets to greet hundreds of members of the public waiting outside the cathedral.
prince also delivered the first speech of his whistle-stop tour of the
region at an exhibition to chronicle the life of the Queen and her long
links to the islands.
Later he was due to take to the seas
in a maritime exercise organised by the Royal Bahamian Defence Force
which also gave him the chance to view Windermere, the island visited by
his parents in 1982 on their ‘second honeymoon’.
Hello there! Prince Harry greets Janice Knowles at a reception in Rawson Square on the third day of his 10 day tour to Belize, Bahamas, Jamaica, and Brazil
Laucnh time: The prince attends a reception in Rawson Square
The Mail last week revealed he had asked to visit it for ‘sentimental’ reasons.
He also planned to meet up with aristocrat India Hicks, who was his late mother's bridesmaid and now lives in the Bahamas.
Later on Prince Harry appeared very much at home as he boarded a golf buggy for a mad-cap ride around the tiny Bahamian retreat of Harbour Island yesterday.
Going for a ride: Prince Harry climbs on board a specially decorated golf buggy as he goes on a tour of Harbour Island
Kidding around: The prince with some local schoolchildren
He was visiting the picturesque mile-long island as part of his whistle-stop tour of the region to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
He arrived on a Royal Bahamian Defence Force 'go fast' boat after taking part in a maritime security exercise.
Unfortunately the Prince's boat broke down on route but he was still able to arrive on time for his tour.
Jovial: The prince has taken to his royal duties with aplomb throughout the trip
Harbour Island, a retreat for wealthy
Americans filled with multi-million pound clapperboard houses and
expensive yachts, was packed with locals and tourists alike for the
From the moment
he set foot on shore the prince was mobbed by well-wishers, particularly
pretty girls in bikinis rushing forward to blow kisses and call his
After a short
walkabout on the quayside he boarded his buggy which had been garlanded
with bougainvillea, leading a whacky- races style dash through the
winding streets of the harbourside.
He grinned and waved when one local
shouted: 'Like what you do man.'
Centre of attention: Harry is greeted by royal fans on Harbour Island
The islanders were clearly delighted to see Harry, but visibly disappointed when it turned out that his convoy would not be stopping for him to talk to locals as planned.
'He don’t want to leave,' shouted Kippy Johnson, 30, as the Prince got back on his boat. 'They are rushing him, man.'
He said after the Prince left: 'It’s shocking. He just got on the golf cart for a two minute drive round the block. It’s too short for someone like him coming to Harbour Island for the first time.
'He is cool. He is awesome. But I wish we had him for longer.'
Bahamas is a commonwealth nation of more than 3,000 islands, cays, and
islets situated in the Atlantic Ocean just north of Cuba and 200 miles
south of Florida.
Boating time: Prince Harry heads off to Harbour Island in Nassau, Bahamas
It became a Crown Colony in 1718 when the British moved into the region to clamp down on piracy.
After the American War of Independence, thousands of pro-British loyalists and enslaved Africans moved to the Bahamas and set up a plantation economy.
The slave trade was abolished in the British Empire in 1807 and many Africans liberated from slave ships by the Royal Navy were settled in the Bahamas during the 19th century. Their descendants form the majority of the Bahamas' population today.
The islands became self-governing in 1964 and fully independent of Britain in 1973, although the Queen still remains a much-loved head of state.
VIDEO: Charming. Prince Harry greets well-wishers as he arrives on Harbour Island
VIDEO: Prince Harry is made to join the official media boat in the Bahamas after the one he is on breaks down.