On Friday, Prince William and Kate braved a torrential downpour before stopping by for a special visit at a local school in the Bahamas. The couple visited Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau, where they met pupils and staff, before joining the school’s morning assembly.
“I’m sorry about this, we’ve brought the weather with us haven’t we,” William joked.
For the occasion, Kate opted for a mint green chiffon dress from Self-Portrait and jewelery by Bahamian designer Nadia Irena.
William and Kate were greeted by a “Guard of Honor” of schoolchildren, the Minister of Education, Glenys Hanna-Martin, and the school’s principal, Ricardo Rolle.
They dropped in on a class to meet pupils and staff and also joined morning assembly. Schools in the country were closed for nearly two years from March 2020 until January due to the Covid pandemic.
During the outing, the Duchess gave a speech to the students: “I hope you didn’t get too wet coming here and apologies for bringing the British weather with us!
“I wanted to address the children here in The Bahamas. Whether you are here in the school today with William and me or joining virtually from across The Bahamas, thank you so much for such a warm welcome,” she continued.
“The pandemic has taken you away from your classrooms and your friends, and learning from home I’m sure has been very difficult. That is why it is so wonderful that after almost two years being away from each other, you have recently returned to school and been reunited with your teachers and friends again. I can certainly feel the excitement and energy here today in this room.”
Later today, Prince William and Kate will meet The Bahamas’ emergency services personnel to see how they have managed through the COVID-19 crisis. Then they will face off in a yachting race.