Prince Charles and his wife Camilla briefly drove a classic British car, visited a statue of John Lennon and cut the ribbon on a British renewable energy project Tuesday, the royal couple’s second full day visiting Cuba.

They began their public schedule with a short drive in a 1953 MG alongside a park that hosts a statue of Lennon that draws thousands of tourists a year. A local rock band played Beatles songs at the Yellow Submarine, a nearby bar and cultural center.

The couple strolled around the park, sat on a park bench next to the statue of Lennon, and talked with local residents and British residents of Havana.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, sit on a park bench next to a statue depicting John Lennon as they pose for photos, during a cultural event in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, sit on a park bench next to a statue depicting John Lennon as they pose for photos, during a cultural event in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Charles later inaugurated the first phase of a $250 million dollar British-led renewable energy project in the Mariel free-trade zone outside Havana, part of an effort to bring solar and alternative energy sources to the island.

Solar Mariel, a wholly owned British company, is expected to begin providing power to the Port of Mariel and local communities by the end of 2019, and once other phases of the project are complete, will add renewable energy to Cuba’s power grid.

The Cuban Government hopes to have as much as 24 percent of the island’s energy needs met by alternative energy sources by 2030, reducing oil-based power generation on the island.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, greets a group of people holding United Kingdom's national flags during a cultural event in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, greets a group of people holding United Kingdom’s national flags during a cultural event in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

The royal couple was expected to assist a gala dance performance at the Alicia Alonso Theater late Tuesday.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, walk with journalist and Beatles' fan Guille Villar during a visit to  John Lennon Park, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, walk with journalist and Beatles’ fan Guille Villar during a visit to John Lennon Park, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Britain's Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, right, and Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel review an honor guard at the Revolution Palace during his official visit to Cuba, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Britain’s Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, right, and Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel review an honor guard at the Revolution Palace during his official visit to Cuba, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Prince Charles helps his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, out of a vintage car during a cultural event in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Prince Charles helps his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, out of a vintage car during a cultural event in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Lis Cuesta, left, wife of Cuba's President Miguel Diaz Canel and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, right, arrives ahead of Britain's Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel, are to review an honor guard at Revolution Palace during the Prince of Wales' official visit, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Lis Cuesta, left, wife of Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz Canel and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, right, arrives ahead of Britain’s Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel, are to review an honor guard at Revolution Palace during the Prince of Wales’ official visit, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Britain's Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, left, and Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel, smile at each other during a meeting at Revolution Palace, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, March 25, 2019 (Ernesto Mastrascusa/Pool via AP)
Britain’s Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, left, and Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel, smile at each other during a meeting at Revolution Palace, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, March 25, 2019 (Ernesto Mastrascusa/Pool via AP)
Britain's Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, right, and Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel review an honor guard at Revolution Palace during his official visit to Cuba, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Britain’s Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, right, and Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel review an honor guard at Revolution Palace during his official visit to Cuba, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, greet onlookers during a cultural event in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, greet onlookers during a cultural event in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
A couple ride on an English motorcycle adorned with images of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro as people gather for the arrival of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
A couple ride on an English motorcycle adorned with images of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro as people gather for the arrival of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
A young man wearing a shirt with featuring a Union Jack, watches the arrival of Prince Charles, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
A young man wearing a shirt with featuring a Union Jack, watches the arrival of Prince Charles, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Prince Charles visits with a group during a cultural event in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. The heir to the British throne arrived in Cuba Sunday with an agenda including visits to historic sites, a solar park, organic farm, bio-medical research center, a meeting with entrepreneurs, a cultural gala and a dinner with Cuba's president. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Prince Charles visits with a group during a cultural event in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. The heir to the British throne arrived in Cuba Sunday with an agenda including visits to historic sites, a solar park, organic farm, bio-medical research center, a meeting with entrepreneurs, a cultural gala and a dinner with Cuba’s president. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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