PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Island countries will welcome the Duke of York, Prince Andrew as he touches down at the Jackson's International Airport in Port Moresby this afternoon. A large crowd is expected to withness the arrival of HIS Highness Prince Andrew to PNG.
Games Organizing Committee has prepared spectacular welcome for Prince Andrew. The Queen’s second son will be met by Speaker Theodore Zurenuoc who is acting Governor-General in the absence of Sir Michael Ogio.
This is the second time Prince Andrew will visit PNG and officially open the Pacific Games. He first toured PNG in 1991 when he officially opened the 1991 South Pacific Games.
The official program for Prince Andrew’s arrival released to the media are outlined below.
There will be a 21-gun salute as he steps off the plane and will be greeted by Mr Zurenuoc.
The prince will be presented with a flower garland by a local school girl and then he will be invited to inspect the guard of honour, accompanied by PNG Defence Force commander Brigadier-General Gilbert Toropo.
Later, Prince Andrew will proceed to Bomana War Cemetery for a wreath laying ceremony where he will be received by Defence Minister Fabian Pok and later meet with Prime Minister Peter O’Neill at Airways Hotel. He will also visit the Coronation Park, next to the Port Moresby police station, to unveil a plaque tomorrow.
On Saturday, Prince Andrew will depart for the Games Village and be received by Games CEO Peter Stewart where he will further unveil a plaque and commission the Games Village.
Later, at the stadium when the relay baton race concludes, the prince will be invited to accept the baton to be placed on the plinth.
Prince Andrew will be part of the official ceremony on Saturday where he will give the guest of honour speech. [PNGFacts]