PORT STANLEY, Falkland Islands (Reuters) -- Britain's Prince Charles
flew into the Falklands on Saturday for an historic visit to the islands that
sparked a war with Argentina in 1982.
Charles, whose visit to Buenos Aires had provoked street demonstrations
and political protests, flew into Mount Pleasant airport from Uruguay, the
latest stop in his highly sensitive South American tour
Hundreds of schoolchildren waved Falkland Island flags to greet the heir
the British throne as he stepped from a Royal Air Force helicopter in Port
Stanley after a 35-minute flight from the airport.
Greeted by a guard of honor, he laid a wreath at the 1982 monument which
commemorates the war between Britain and Argentina over the disputed
At the town hall in Port Stanley, he was greeted with applause and cheers
the islanders who shouted "Bravo, Bravo."
One of the first people he met was 72-year Eileen Vidal, whose great great
great grandfather James Biggs arrived in the Falklands from England in
He was one of 10 men who came to the windswept south Atlantic islands
with the first governor.
Vidal, a mother of nine, told Charles: "We have waited a long time for
moment...Please tell the Queen that we would love to have her visit us too."
On Sunday, Charles is to lay more wreaths at memorials marking the 1982
conflict. He will also witness sheep shearing demonstrations and visit wild life
Britain and Argentina went to war over the islands in 1982 and Buenos
Aires maintains its claim, dating back to 1833, over the islands less than 200
miles (320 km) off its coast.
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