Next month Prince William and Kate Middleton will be traveling to the Caribbean, but they won’t be sipping cocktails on the beaches there. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Belize, with the goal of ‘strengthening’ the Commonwealth nations’ support for the British monarchy ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this summer.
The tour is reportedly going to last 12 days and is expected to focus on ecological issue. This trip comes only a few months after Prince Charles attended Barbados’ ceremony to become a republic after almost 400 years of British rule.
It is theorized that the Queen has tasked William and Kate with the important job of preventing further Commonwealth realms from doing the same, by improving the public image that the royal family has with exciting events and their undeniable charm.
“A visit by William and Catherine can only bring out the crowds and strengthen the case for keeping the monarchy, at least in the immediate future,” said Joe Little, the managing editor of Majesty magazine.
Preparations for this tour are already being done, as royal representatives have already visited Belize’s Ambergris Caye to organize an ‘advanced party’ for the famous couple. According to some sources, the couple will spend four days in the Central American country, which has been a Commonwealth member since 1981.
In the Bahamas, it is speculated that William and Kate will stop by Coral Vita, a social enterprise focused on reef restoration, which coincidentally is the organization that won one of the Duke’s five £1million Earthshot prizes last October.
When it comes to the Cambridge children, it seems that the three will be staying back at Kensington Palace while their parents are away on business. Both Prince George, 8, and Princess Charlotte, 6, haven’t joined their parents for an abroad engagement since their visit to Germany in 2017, while Prince Louis, 3, is still to go on his first overseas trip.
The last time a senior royal went on tour of the Caribbean was Prince Harry, exactly 10 years ago, yet again in celebration of a Queen’s Jubilee. Back then the Duke of Sussex traveled to Belize, Bahamas, and Jamaica in March 2012 to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, spending four days in total overseas. During his visit, we saw the royal heir take part in multiple interesting events, among them a meeting with the then-Jamaican prime minister Portia Simpson Miller, and a race against renowned Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt.