William and Kate begin Caribbean charm offensive

William and Kate at start of the Royal Tour Crecit: Wikimedia Commons

William and Kate begin a Caribbean charm offensive on Royal Tour. The tour will mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge landed in Belize on Saturday, March 19. The start of the trip did not go to plan though due to protests. The Royal tour is now underway though.

On Saturday night the Royal couple were welcomed to Belize by the Prime Minister and his wife. Belize is a former British colony.

The Royal tour programme for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had to be changed after protesters aired their concerns regarding land rights. The protesters came from Belize’s indigenous Mayan community. This led to alternative arrangements being made.

According to ITV News, around 20 people had attended the protest at a cacao farm. Prince William is the Patron of the Flora and Fauna International charity which owns the farm’s land. The protesters believe that the land is ancestral land so belongs to the public. The protesters said that the land is not “Crown land”.

While still in the country the Royals hope to meet many local people.

When Prince Charles recently visited Barbados he made a speech in which he said slavery “forever stains our history.” On Monday, March 21, Prince William is expected to give a speech. According to reports, Britain’s colonial past will likely feature in the speech.

 


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