The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had an eventful second day of their trip to the Caribbean, as the couple arrived in Belize on Saturday, officially beginning their very first royal tour since the pandemic began.
The two royals have quite the schedule ahead of them, as they plan on visiting Jamaica and the Bahamas as well during this eight-day visit to the region in order to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The royal couple landed in Belize at 3 pm local time as they began their eight-day tour. The two of them looked fantastic even after the 11-hour flight, with Kate being as stunning as ever in a simple royal blue outfit, while Prince William kept it classy with a smart grey suit.
For their first engagement on Sunday, Kate and William visited the Che’il chocolate farm in Hopkins, Belize. There they met and talked with local farmer Julio Saqui, learning more about chocolate production. The three discussed how the farming is usually done in the region and even got a sample of local produce during their visit to the farm.
For this day outing, Kate looked great in a long, blue floral Tory Burch dress that she combined with an Anya Hindmarch fan-shaped handbag, bold blue hoop earrings and nude wedge heeled sandals.
The royals also got the opportunity to take part in some of the things that make up the chocolate creation process, with Kate trying her hand at grinding nibs, broken-up cocoa beans, which is work that is usually performed by the women in rural communities. Prince William also tried the challenging job, and as they worked Kate commented: “The smell of the chocolate is amazing,” she said.
William even joked, “Do you take apprentices? Can I come and work for you? It’s my kind of thing.”
A highlight of the whole visit must have been the chocolate fountains, as both of the royals’ eyes lit up when they saw them upon arrival. The couple enjoyed dipping tortilla chips into the liquid and later tried hot chocolate as well. After that sweet encounter, Kate cheekily commented: “I think our children will be very jealous.”
The Duke and Duchess were welcomed by the locals from Hopkins, which is a small coastal community, considered by many the cultural centre of Belize’s Garifuna community. Following the warm welcome by the locals, Kate and William joined the community in making music and danced with them during a traditional Garifuna festival-with Kate looking like she is having the time of her life.
Kate, never afraid to get dirty, helped plant a tree in Hopkins, while Prince William took the time to meet and chat with local schoolchildren.