Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Belize

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have started their Tour of the Caribbean in Belize on March 19th, as part of Royal Tours around the Commonwealth to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee! The Duke and Duchess will also visit Jamaica and the Bahamas before returning to Britain in a week. The Queen is the Sovereign of Belize, Jamaica, and the Bahamas, with the Duke set to become King of those nations in the future.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at Philip S. W Goldson International Airport in Belize City on the afternoon of March 19th, where they were officially welcomed with a Guard of Honour. Afterwards, the Duke and Duchess were welcomed by the Prime Minister, John Antonio Briceño, and Rossana Briceño at the Laing Building, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters, in Belize City.

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On the second day of their visit to Belize, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Che’il Mayan Chocolate Factory in Indian Creek to learn more about Belize’s world-famous Maya chocolate, before visiting the Festival of Garifuna Culture in Hopkins, a small village on the coast which is considered the cultural centre of the Garifuna community in Belize. The Duke and Duchess later learned more about Belize’s marine conservation efforts and incredible marine environment.

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On their third and last day in Belize, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the ancient Mayan archeological site of Caracol in the Chiquibul Forest before visiting a British Army Training Support Unit (BATSUB) based in the Forest. In the evening, the Duke and Duchess attended a Reception hosted by the Governor General of Belize in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at the Mayan ruins at Cahal Pech.

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