Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla make history with first-ever royal trip to Cuba

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have kicked off the second half of their royal tour of the Caribbean with a visit to Cuba on Sunday. The three-day visit to the island will include a visit to José Martí's memorial, a visit with the President of Cuba, a roundtable discussion on the country's environmental conservation efforts and learning about the country's historic work in the arts. 

The visit, which is part of a 50-engagement royal tour on 10 different islands, is a watershed for the royal family: Charles and Camilla are the first royals to visit Cuba, which has been historically closed-off following a series of strained relationships during the Cold War. Their visit this week will "highlight the growing bilateral relationship with the U.K. and showcase some of the cultural links between the two countries," explains the Prince of Wales' website

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Photo by: zz/KGC-22/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 3/24/19 Charles The Prince of Wales and Camilla The Duchess of Cornwall visit Cuba. This is the first official visit to the country by a member of the Royal Family. Following their arrival at Jose Marti Havana International Airport, Charles and Camilla attended a wreath laying ceremony at the Jose Marti Memorial. (Havana, Cuba)
HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 24: Prince Charles (C), Prince Of Wales and Camilla (C - L), Duchess of Cornwall shake hands with officials as they arrive at Cuba, Havana on March 24, 2019. (Photo by Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 24: Prince Charles (L), Prince Of Wales and Camilla (rear), Duchess of Cornwall are being welcomed by Cuba's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ana Teresita Gonzalez (3rd L) and officials upon their arrival at Cuba, Havana on March 24, 2019. (Photo by Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 24: Prince Charles (2nd L), Prince Of Wales and Camilla (L), Duchess of Cornwall are being welcomed by Cuba's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ana Teresita Gonzalez (3rd L) upon their arrival at Cuba, Havana on March 24, 2019. (Photo by Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 24: Prince Charles (front), Prince Of Wales and Camilla (rear), Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Cuba, Havana on March 24, 2019. (Photo by Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 24: Prince Charles, Prince Of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend a wreath laying ceremony at the Jose Marti Memorial on March 24, 2019 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images,)
HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 24: Prince Charles, Prince Of Wales attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Jose Marti Memorial on March 24, 2019 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images,)
HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 24: Prince Charles, Prince Of Wales arrives in Cuba on March 24, 2019 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images,)
HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 24: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrives in Cuba on March 24, 2019 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images,)
HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 24: Prince Charles, Prince Of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive in Cuba on March 24, 2019 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images,)
HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 24: Prince Charles, Prince Of Wales attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Jose Marti Memorial on March 24, 2019 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images,)
HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 24: Prince Charles, Prince Of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend a wreath laying ceremony at the Jose Marti Memorial on March 24, 2019 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images,)
HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 24: Prince Charles, Prince Of Wales attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Jose Marti Memorial on March 24, 2019 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images,)
Photo by: zz/KGC-22/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 3/24/19 Charles The Prince of Wales and Camilla The Duchess of Cornwall visit Cuba. This is the first official visit to the country by a member of the Royal Family. Following their arrival at Jose Marti Havana International Airport, Charles and Camilla attended a wreath laying ceremony at the Jose Marti Memorial. (Havana, Cuba)
Photo by: zz/KGC-22/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 3/24/19 Charles The Prince of Wales and Camilla The Duchess of Cornwall visit Cuba. This is the first official visit to the country by a member of the Royal Family. Following their arrival at Jose Marti Havana International Airport, Charles and Camilla attended a wreath laying ceremony at the Jose Marti Memorial. (Havana, Cuba)
Photo by: zz/KGC-22/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 3/24/19 Charles The Prince of Wales and Camilla The Duchess of Cornwall visit Cuba. This is the first official visit to the country by a member of the Royal Family. Following their arrival at Jose Marti Havana International Airport, Charles and Camilla attended a wreath laying ceremony at the Jose Marti Memorial. (Havana, Cuba)
Photo by: zz/KGC-22/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 3/24/19 Charles The Prince of Wales and Camilla The Duchess of Cornwall visit Cuba. This is the first official visit to the country by a member of the Royal Family. Following their arrival at Jose Marti Havana International Airport, Charles and Camilla attended a wreath laying ceremony at the Jose Marti Memorial. (Havana, Cuba)
Photo by: zz/KGC-22/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 3/24/19 Charles The Prince of Wales and Camilla The Duchess of Cornwall visit Cuba. This is the first official visit to the country by a member of the Royal Family. Following their arrival at Jose Marti Havana International Airport, Charles and Camilla attended a wreath laying ceremony at the Jose Marti Memorial. (Havana, Cuba)
HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 25: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall greets wellwishers during a guided tour of Old Havana on March 25, 2019 in Havana, Cuba. Their Royal Highnesses have made history by becoming the first members of the royal family to visit Cuba in an official capacity. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 25: Prince Charles Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during a guided tour of Old Havana on March 25, 2019 in Havana, Cuba. Their Royal Highnesses have made history by becoming the first members of the royal family to visit Cuba in an official capacity. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 25: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall receives a kiss on her hand during a guided tour of Old Havana on March 25, 2019 in Havana, Cuba. Their Royal Highnesses have made history by becoming the first members of the royal family to visit Cuba in an official capacity. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 25: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall receives a kiss on her hand during a guided tour of Old Havana on March 25, 2019 in Havana, Cuba. Their Royal Highnesses have made history by becoming the first members of the royal family to visit Cuba in an official capacity. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 25: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to a maternity home at Hogar Materno Infantil on March 25, 2019 in Havana, Cuba. Their Royal Highnesses have made history by becoming the first members of the royal family to visit Cuba in an official capacity. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall take a tour of Old Havana, Cuba, during an historic trip which celebrates cultural ties between the UK and the Communist state. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 25: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to a maternity home at Hogar Materno Infantil on March 25, 2019 in Havana, Cuba. Their Royal Highnesses have made history by becoming the first members of the royal family to visit Cuba in an official capacity. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 25: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during a guided tour of Old Havana with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on March 25, 2019 in Havana, Cuba. Their Royal Highnesses have made history by becoming the first members of the royal family to visit Cuba in an official capacity. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall take a tour of Old Havana, Cuba, during an historic trip which celebrates cultural ties between the UK and the Communist state. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 25: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall with historian Eusebio Leal (C) during a guided tour of Old Havana on March 25, 2019 in Havana, Cuba. Their Royal Highnesses have made history by becoming the first members of the royal family to visit Cuba in an official capacity. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 25: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall with historian Eusebio Leal (C) during a guided tour of Old Havana on March 25, 2019 in Havana, Cuba. Their Royal Highnesses have made history by becoming the first members of the royal family to visit Cuba in an official capacity. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 25: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall with historian Eusebio Leal (C) during a guided tour of Old Havana on March 25, 2019 in Havana, Cuba. Their Royal Highnesses have made history by becoming the first members of the royal family to visit Cuba in an official capacity. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 25: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall with historian Eusebio Leal (C) during a guided tour of Old Havana on March 25, 2019 in Havana, Cuba. Their Royal Highnesses have made history by becoming the first members of the royal family to visit Cuba in an official capacity. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall take a tour of Old Havana, Cuba, during an historic trip which celebrates cultural ties between the UK and the Communist state. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
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As historic as their visit is, it's also quite controversial. 

Notes the BBC, the royal visit to Cuba shows the UK and the United States' "strikingly different" approach to the Caribbean island.

Continues CNN, "President Donald Trump has reversed many of the Obama-era policies toward Cuba, reinstating travel and trade restrictions. His sharp rhetoric has only become more aggressive since the presidential crisis unfolded in Venezuela." Given the monarchy's contentious visit, it's important to note it was the government who sent them there.

"It's the Foreign Office, so the royal family themselves shouldn't be blamed for this, maintained Andrew Lewer, a member of the UK parliament, according to CNN. "Our friends in the United States, the many Cubans in Florida, will rightly be perplexed at the sight of the British royal family making a visit, going on tour, looking around the place, at a time when these despicable acts are taking place."

For more on their divisive visit, watch the video above. 

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