By Chris Bradley
The Falkland Islands is preparing for a visit by Prince William in 2012. The Duke of Cambridge will be visiting the islands in February when he is deployed there as part of his helicopter rescue training. The visit marks the date of the 30th anniversary of the conflict between Argentina and the UK, which will be marked by events during the course of 2012, although the Prince is unlikely to be part of any ceremonial events.
The Prince will have many duties with the Royal Air Force next year but the community of the Falkland Islands have asked that he take some time to enjoy some of the things that the islands are well known for. The Falkland Islands have 2,500 residents who are known for being very hospitable and the islands are also well known for their beauty and wildlife. It is something that many visitors who choose to take holidays on the island each year enjoy.
There have been suggestions as to where he should visit while he is there. Volunteer Point has been a popular suggestion, which is a bird haven and a lovely white sandy beach or the Sea Lion Nature Reserve which not only has interesting Sea Lions to observe but also a lodge which runs on wind turbines and solar panels. It is likely that the Prince will enjoy getting around the islands as the Falkland Islands Government Air Service fly people daily from Stanley Island to the other outer islands each day.