Prince William and Kate have visited a cacao farm in Belize on the second day of their Caribbean tour. They visited the family-run Che’il Mayan Cacao Farm and Chocolate Factory in Maya Center Village, where they toured the farm and learned about the chocolate-making process.
For the occasion, Duchess Kate looked radiant in a vibrant floral tea dress complete with delicate capped sleeves by Tory Burch. Prince William matched her in a blue shirt and dark blue chinos.
The couple was shown around the Maya cacao farm in the coastal town of Hopkins after a trip to a planned visit to the Akte’iL Ha cacao farm in the foothills of the Maya mountains was scrapped over local protests. During the visit, the couple learned how the Mayans cultivate cacao trees, process cacao beans and make the chocolate.
Kate was also invited to help make cacao nibs during a demonstration
The start of the Caribbean tour began in controversial circumstances after a protest was staged on Friday opposing Prince William and Kate royal visit to Akte ‘il Ha cacao farm in Indian Creek, describing the visit as ‘colonialism’ and a ‘slap in the face’.
It was replaced with a similar visit that saw the royals tour a chocolate producer and later travels to the cultural center of the Garifuna community in Hopkins.
Prince William and Kate arrived in Belize on Saturday afternoon. Just after there they traveled to Laing House in Belize City and spent an hour chatting with Prime Minister Johnny Briceno and his wife Rosanna.
When the royals met Belize’s prime minister and his wife, Prince William said: ‘It’s lovely to be here.’
‘Thanking you so much,’ the Prime Minister replied, adding: ‘We’re so happy you’re here.’
‘There were lots of questions in the car,’ said Kate, laughing, and clearly referring to William.