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The Prince of Wales made his first visit to Jamaica at the age of 18 in 1966 where he represented Her Majesty The Queen at the Commonwealth Games.

Since then The Prince has visited Jamaica three times, in 1993, 2000 and most recently with The Duchess of Cornwall in 2008.

Following a visit to Rose Town in Kingston in 2000, The Prince led one of his charities, the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, to set-up the Rose Town Regeneration Project.

The Prince felt compelled to assist the community in Rose Town after his visit, and his Foundation for Building Community has been working closely with local people ever since.

Violence in the 1970s and 80s around the area of Rose Town led to increasing levels of disadvantage and many residents moved away. Working closely with many supporters, including the UK Department for International Development (DFID), The Prince's Foundation for Building Community has helped local residents by giving them the skills and confidence necessary to re-build the area.

One local resident commented on the success of the project during a BBC Documentary celebrating The Prince of Wales's 60th Birthday , saying that His Royal Highness's work had helped Rose Town to replace "War-War with Jaw-Jaw".

Since the start of the Prince’s Foundation's work in Jamaica it has been working closely with the Rose Town Foundation to help empower local residents by giving them the skills necessary to rebuild their community, teaching crafts including masonry and carpentry to help restore buildings.

In addition The Prince also charged another one of his charities, The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, to commit to helping local residents as well.

The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts Jamaica Project started in March 2010 and is growing from strength to strength. As part of this project two parallel programmes are taking place one with a group of potters in Kingston and the other with a group of woodcarvers in Montego Bay.

Guided by the PSTA team, during a recent workshop in Kingston, the potters have restored a building within Rose Town and it has now become the permanent home of the project.

The artisans have also presented their products and demonstrated their techniques to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller at a Jampro (Jamaican Promotions Corporation) event at Rose Hall Great House. Many of the products made by the artisans were for sale at the Jamaica stand at the 2012 Olympics Arena in London. 

During their most recent visit to Jamaica in 2008, The Prince and The Duchess were hosted by the then Prime Minister Bruce Golding.

They visited well-known historical sites like Falmouth, which is located in the parish of Trewlany on Jamaica’s north-western coast. It is noted for being one of the Caribbean’s best-preserved historic towns. It was listed as one of the 100 Most Endangered Sites by the World Monument Fund.

Their Royal Highnesses also visited Holywell National Park, Devon House and the Jamaica Defence Force where they met veterans of World War II.

One of the highlights was a visit to the Bob Marley Museum where they were hosted by Mrs Rita Marley. The Prince and The Duchess are keen fans of Bob Marley’s music and enjoyed the tour of the Museum. Their Royal Highnesses were invited to join some Nyahbingi drummers - a group of Rastafarian musicians - as they performed.

In June 2012 The Prince of Wales received Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller for a meeting in Clarence House where he congratulated the Prime Minister on Jamaica’s fiftieth anniversary of Independence.

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