ACCORDING to the British press Prince William will arrive in the Falkland Islands tomorrow to begin his tour at Mount Pleasant Airport.
While Islanders will be delighted at the Prince's presence in the Islands, a move they see as strong symbolic support of their right to self-determination, Argentina has issued an official statement criticising Prince William's planned tour of duty - wearing what Argentina angrily termed "the uniform of the conqueror."
The statement, from Argentine foreign ministry, under the letterhead: "Argentina, a country with good people" was the strongest reaction yet to William's six-week deployment as an RAF search-and-rescue helicopter pilot in the south Atlantic.
"Prince William will arrive on the Malvinas Islands as a member of his country's armed forces. The Argentine people regret that the royal heir will arrive on national soil in the uniform of the conqueror and not with the wisdom of the statesman who works in the service of peace and dialogue among nations," it said.
It has been made clear that Prince William will not be undertaking any ceremonial duties during his time in the Islands.
One Islander told the Penguin News: "We hold the Royal family in great affection but we don't tend to make a big fuss so he (the Prince) will be able to go about his work and time off without lots of attention - I expect he'll quite enjoy that."
Prince Charles visited the Falklands in 1999, when he mingled freely with Islanders at a public reception in Stanley's Town Hall. William's Uncle Prince Edward also visited in 2007 on the 25th anniversary of the Falklands War. Prince Andrew has also visited the Islands once to serve during the Falklands War and later on a ceremonial visit. Both the Duke of Edinburgh and the Princess Royal have also enjoyed visits to the Falkland Islands.