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William and Kate fly into THIRD storm in Caribbean: Royals land in Bahamas


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have flown into another storm in The Bahamas as islanders piled more pressure on the Royal Family over slave trade reparations amid a growing movement on Caribbean islands to remove the Queen as head of state.

The couple landed in Nassau last night after a bumpy visit to Jamaica that sparked protests and allowed prime minister Andrew Holness to further his campaign to become a republic. A visit in Belize this week had to be rearranged over fears it could be disrupted.

As they touched down at Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, Bahamas, to begin the final leg of their tour, Prince William and Kate were met by members of the military and eight-year-old local resident Aniah Moss, who presented the couple with a bouquet of flowers in front of the Royal Air Force Voyager plane. 

They then met country’s Prime Minister Philip Davis, who gifted them a portrait and said their visit to the island was ‘long overdue’. As Kate wore duck egg blue to match the country’s flag, Mr Davis told them: ‘And our best wishes are sent to the Queen, and congratulations on her Platinum Jubilee. I do not think we will see the same again’, to which William nodded.

Mr Davis, avoided any discussion of independence, and said they talked about climate change, with the future king pledging to ‘do all he can’ to support their work to restore The Bahamas’ coral reefs. Mr Davis said last year that an independence referendum was ‘not on the agenda’ but admitted that could change if voters demand it. But one of his senior ministers said recently it was his ‘life’s work’ to be truly independent from Britain.

And on the eve of the Cambridges’ arrival in The Bahamas, the island nation’s National Reparations Committee called for millions of pounds to be paid in reparations for the British monarchy’s role in slavery. 

The incendiary letter read: ‘They and their family of royals and their government must acknowledge that their diverse economy was built on the backs of our ancestors. And then, they must pay. We, the children of those victims, owe it to our ancestors to remember. We owe it to our ancestors to demand a reckoning and to demand accountability, healing, and justice.

‘The Duke and Duchess may not be compelled to make such a declaration during their visit to our shores. They may not be able at this time to speak on behalf of the Queen and their government. However, they can no longer ignore the devastation of their heritage. 

The committee added: ‘We, the members of the Bahamas National Reparations Committee (BNRC), recognise that the people of the Bahamas have been left holding the bag for much of the cost of this extravagant trip.

‘Why are we footing the bill for the benefit of a regime whose rise to ‘greatness’ was fuelled by the extinction, enslavement, colonisation, and degradation of the people of this land? Why are we being made to pay again?’ 

William and Kate’s Caribbean tour to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, billed as a royal charm offensive, has been beset with controversy and helped reignite for republican calls in Jamaica for complete independence from Britain. 

There will also be an inquest when they return to London after unfortunate photo calls that led to accusations they were echoing Britain’s colonialist past rather a more down-to-earth future. 

Yesterday they were driven in an open-top Land Rover during a military parade in Jamaica that some observers called ‘absolutely awful’. Earlier in the trip there were unfortunate images of the couple greeting children pinned behind tall metal fences.

Professor Rosalea Hamilton, a civil rights campaigner and founding director of the Institute of Law and Economics in Jamaica, told the Mirror: “These unfortunate images are a relic of the past and could have been taken in the 1800s. They signify this young generation is continuing the monarchical traditions of holding one race superior and another inferior’. 

William used a speech in Kingston to roundly condemned Britain’s ‘abhorrent’ history of slavery, calling it a ‘stain on our history’ as he expressed his disgust at the ‘appalling atrocity’ that has left such a heavy legacy in the Caribbean island. He expressed his ‘profound sorrow’ that the slave trade had ever happened, although he stopped short of a full apology, which is said to have upset the Jamaican government and its people. One grouop called it ‘tone deaf’. A Jamaican MP said William lacked ‘courage’.

The Duchess of Cambridge has wooed The Bahamas by wearing aquamarine - a prominent colour of the country's flag - as she and Prince William continued their Caribbean tour to mark the Queen 's Platinum Jubilee after departing Jamaica after a bumpy visit

The Duchess of Cambridge has wooed The Bahamas by wearing aquamarine – a prominent colour of the country’s flag – as she and Prince William continued their Caribbean tour to mark the Queen ‘s Platinum Jubilee after departing Jamaica after a bumpy visit

William and Kate meet the PM of The Bahamas Philip Davis and his wife Ann-Marie as their Caribbean tour continues

William and Kate meet the PM of The Bahamas Philip Davis and his wife Ann-Marie as their Caribbean tour continues

Prince William attends the Royal Guard of Honor at the Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau

Prince William attends the Royal Guard of Honor at the Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau

Prince William and Kate were met by members of the military and eight-year-old local resident Aniah Moss, who presented the couple with a bouquet of flowers, as they touched down at Lynden Pindling International Airport in The Bahamas to begin the final leg of their tour

The couple were welcomed by eight-year-old Aniah Moss, who presented the couple with a bouquet of flowers at the foot of the Royal Air Force Voyager jet

The couple were welcomed by eight-year-old Aniah Moss, who presented the couple with a bouquet of flowers at the foot of the Royal Air Force Voyager jet

Pictured: The Duke and Duchess arrive at Lynden Pindling International Airport in the Bahamas on the next leg of their Caribbean Tour, Nassau, Bahamas

Pictured: The Duke and Duchess arrive at Lynden Pindling International Airport in the Bahamas on the next leg of their Caribbean Tour, Nassau, Bahamas

Prince William and Kate were met by members of the military and eight-year-old local resident Aniah Moss, who presented the couple with a bouquet of flowers in front of the Royal Air Force Voyager plane, as they touched down at Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, New Providence to begin the final leg of their tour. 

The royal couple also had an official meeting with the country’s Prime Minister, Philip Davis, who passed on his best wishes to The Queen and said ‘it’s great to have you both here.’  

They were welcomed to the Prime Minister’s office by Mr Davis who introduced his wife Ann Marie, who told Kate ‘delighted to meet you’.

The Duke and Duchess were introduced to a line up of dignitaries Myles Laroda, the minister of state and Leon Lundy, the parliamentary secretary in the office of the PM.

William and Kate then posed in front of a sign reading ‘Office of the Prime Minister’ before being led into a side room to have a private meeting.

Mr Davis told William: ‘We have been looking forward to your arrival. It’s long overdue. We are delighted you are here.’

William replied: ‘Yes very much, excited to be here.’

Mr Davis said: ‘And our best wishes are sent to the Queen, and congratulations on her Platinum Jubilee.

‘I do not think we will see the same again’, to which William nodded. 

During the meeting, Mr Davis and his wife gifted the couple a hand painted portrait by local artist Jamaal Rolle. 

The Prime Minister also posted a tweet welcoming William and Kate to The Bahamas.

He wrote: ‘The Bahamas welcomes The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the occasion of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as they partake in a series of events within the country spanning the next three days.’  

Kate wore a stunning aquamarine Emilia Wickstead dress to echo the Bahamian flag with a matching clutch bag, whilst William wore a suave blue suit, black lace-up shoes, and a white shirt.    

The Duke and Duchess shake hands with the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Philip Davis, before their official meeting in Nassau

The Duke and Duchess shake hands with the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Philip Davis, before their official meeting in Nassau

Pictured: Prince William and Kate attend a meeting with the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Philip Davis on March 24th, 2022 at his office in Nassau, The Bahamas

Pictured: Prince William and Kate attend a meeting with the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Philip Davis on March 24th, 2022 at his office in Nassau, The Bahamas

Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving in The Bahamas on day six of their Royal Tour of the Caribbean

Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving in The Bahamas on day six of their Royal Tour of the Caribbean

Prince William attends a ceremonial welcome on the sixth day of his and Kate's tour of the Caribbean at Lynden Pindling International Airport

Prince William attends a ceremonial welcome on the sixth day of his and Kate’s tour of the Caribbean at Lynden Pindling International Airport 

Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving in The Bahamas on day six of their Royal Tour of the Caribbean

Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving in The Bahamas on day six of their Royal Tour of the Caribbean

Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving in The Bahamas on day six of their Royal Tour of the Caribbean

Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving in The Bahamas on day six of their Royal Tour of the Caribbean 

The Duchess of Cambridge was pictured laughing with the PM and her husband Prince William as they sat down for a meeting

The Duchess of Cambridge was pictured laughing with the PM and her husband Prince William as they sat down for a meeting

The Duke and Duchess pose for a photograph with the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Philip Davis and his wife Ann-Marie during a meeting in March 24 at his office in Nassau, The Bahamas

The Duke and Duchess pose for a photograph with the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Philip Davis and his wife Ann-Marie during a meeting in March 24 at his office in Nassau, The Bahamas

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee. The 8 day tour takes place between Saturday 19th March and Saturday 26th March and is their first joint official overseas tour since the onset of COVID-19 in 2020

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee. The 8 day tour takes place between Saturday 19th March and Saturday 26th March and is their first joint official overseas tour since the onset of COVID-19 in 2020

The duchess kept her hair in a simple updo and wore a pair of Sezane Turquoise Taylor drop earrings

The duchess kept her hair in a simple updo and wore a pair of Sezane Turquoise Taylor drop earrings

The couple earlier bid a fond farewell to Jamaica on what is possibly the last Royal visit to the island as a Commonwealth realm as their tour to mark the Queen‘s Platinum Jubilee headed north to The Bahamas.   

Ahead of departing for their final destination, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posted on their official Instagram account: ‘What an amazing trip so far! Thank you Belize and Jamaica. Next stop, The Bahamas’.

Kate boarded the plane wearing an emerald dress made by London-based fashion designer Emilia Wickstead and a hummingbird brooch gifted to the Queen during her visit to Jamaica in 2002. 

Flags were flown from the cockpit of a Royal Air Force plane while military personnel marched at a departure ceremony for the royal couple at the airport in Kingston, Jamaica’s capital, on Thursday.

Earlier today, William quoted Bob Marley as he spoke at a military parade in Jamaica on day six of his Caribbean tour with Kate, saying: ‘You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.’ 

The Duke wore his white Tropical Dress of the Blues and Royals and proudly displayed his military medals in Kingston, while the Duchess looked glamourous in a white McQueen dress and Philip Treacy hat. 

William and Kate attend a meeting with the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Philip Davis on March 24

William and Kate attend a meeting with the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Philip Davis on March 24

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee

Pictured: William and Kate on the sixth day of their tour of the Caribbean at Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, The Bahamas

Pictured: William and Kate on the sixth day of their tour of the Caribbean at Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, The Bahamas

Prince William and Kate were met by members of the military and eight-year-old local resident Aniah Moss, who presented the couple with a bouquet of flowers in front of the Royal Air Force Voyager plane

Prince William and Kate were met by members of the military and eight-year-old local resident Aniah Moss, who presented the couple with a bouquet of flowers in front of the Royal Air Force Voyager plane

The Duke and Duchess pose for a photograph with the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Philip Davis and his wife Ann-Marie during a meeting in March 24 at his office in Nassau, The Bahamas

The Duke and Duchess pose for a photograph with the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Philip Davis and his wife Ann-Marie during a meeting in March 24 at his office in Nassau, The Bahamas

The couple speak to eight-year-old local resident Aniah Moss who gifted them with a bouquet of flowers after they got off the plane

The couple speak to eight-year-old local resident Aniah Moss who gifted them with a bouquet of flowers after they got off the plane

Earlier today, the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Philip Davis, posted a tweet earlier today welcoming the couple to the country. He wrote: 'The Bahamas welcomes The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the occasion of The Queen's Platinum Jubilee as they partake in a series of events within the country spanning the next three days'

Earlier today, the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Philip Davis, posted a tweet earlier today welcoming the couple to the country. He wrote: ‘The Bahamas welcomes The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the occasion of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as they partake in a series of events within the country spanning the next three days’

Pictured: Prince William and Kate exiting the plane during the official arrival at Lynden Pindling International Airport

Pictured: Prince William and Kate exiting the plane during the official arrival at Lynden Pindling International Airport

The Duke and Duchess were introduced to a line up of dignitaries Myles Laroda, the minister of state and Leon Lundy, the parliamentary secretary in the office of the PM

The Duke and Duchess were introduced to a line up of dignitaries Myles Laroda, the minister of state and Leon Lundy, the parliamentary secretary in the office of the PM

William and Kate then posed in front of a sign reading 'Office of the Prime Minister' before being led into a side room to have a private meetingMr Davis told William: 'We have been looking forward to your arrival. It's long overdue. We are delighted you are here.' William replied: 'Yes very much, excited to be here

William and Kate then posed in front of a sign reading ‘Office of the Prime Minister’ before being led into a side room to have a private meetingMr Davis told William: ‘We have been looking forward to your arrival. It’s long overdue. We are delighted you are here.’ William replied: ‘Yes very much, excited to be here

Mr Davis told William: 'We have been looking forward to your arrival. It's long overdue. We are delighted you are here.' William replied: 'Yes very much, excited to be here'

Mr Davis told William: ‘We have been looking forward to your arrival. It’s long overdue. We are delighted you are here.’ William replied: ‘Yes very much, excited to be here’

The duchess wore an aquamarine Emilia Wickstead dress to echo the Bahamian flag, whilst William wore a suave blue suit and white shirt

The duchess wore an aquamarine Emilia Wickstead dress to echo the Bahamian flag, whilst William wore a suave blue suit and white shirt

The couple attended at the inaugural Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on the island nation for service personnel who have completed the Caribbean Military Academy’s officer training programme.

And William said: ‘You are graduating today as officers into an uncertain world. In your service ahead you will have to contend with climatic, geological, criminal and wider state and non-state threats to our collective safety, security and prosperity.

‘Being asked to lead men and women through uncertainty and danger is daunting. ‘You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice’. From here the onus is on you to grow into the leaders you have been taught about in textbooks, watched on your screens and witnessed in your instructors.’

William also quoted the Queen, continuing: ‘Good leadership is hard to define, but it’s easy to recognise in others. As Catherine and I visit Jamaica in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, I thought I might quote my grandmother on the subject.’

The Duke referred to her address to the United Nations General Assembly in 2010, in which she said: ‘I know of no single formula for success, but over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal, and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration, to work together.’

Following today’s parade, the Duke and Duchess travelled in the same open-top Land Rover that transported the Queen in 1966 and again in 1994.

Later this afternoon, the couple – whose children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are at home in London – will be greeted by Philip Davis, the prime minister of The Bahamas.  

Jamaican government insiders criticised William for failing to apologise for Britain’s historic role in the slave trade – despite calling the evil practice an ‘appalling atrocity’ and a ‘stain on our history’ during an address last night.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wave goodbye to Jamaica as they depart from the Norman Manley International Airport

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wave goodbye to Jamaica as they depart from the Norman Manley International Airport

Prince William and Kate pictured boarding the plane at the airport in Kingston, Jamaica's capital, on Thursday ahead of their flight to The Bahamas

Prince William and Kate pictured boarding the plane at the airport in Kingston, Jamaica’s capital, on Thursday ahead of their flight to The Bahamas

The Duchess of Cambridge boarded the plane wearing an emerald dress made by London-based fashion designer Emilia Wickstead and paired it with a hummingbird brooch gifted to the Queen during her visit to Jamaica in 2002

The Duchess of Cambridge boarded the plane wearing an emerald dress made by London-based fashion designer Emilia Wickstead and paired it with a hummingbird brooch gifted to the Queen during her visit to Jamaica in 2002

The Duchess of Cambridge is seen ahead of her departure on an RAF Voyager with Prince William on day six of their tour

The Duchess of Cambridge is seen ahead of her departure on an RAF Voyager with Prince William on day six of their tour

The royal couple wave on the steps of the plane as they depart Norman Manley International Airport in Jamaica on Thursday

The royal couple wave on the steps of the plane as they depart Norman Manley International Airport in Jamaica on Thursday

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are seen walking towards the plane at the airport in Kingston, Jamaica's capital, today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are seen walking towards the plane at the airport in Kingston, Jamaica’s capital, today

Prince William and Kate walk towards a waiting aircraft as they depart Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston

Prince William and Kate walk towards a waiting aircraft as they depart Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston

William and Kate are seen leaving the airport in Kingston, Jamaica, and going to The Bahamas on the sixth day of their tour

William and Kate are seen leaving the airport in Kingston, Jamaica, and going to The Bahamas on the sixth day of their tour

The Duchess of Cambridge is seen interacting at the airport in Kingston, Jamaica, ahead of her departure to The Bahamas

The Duchess of Cambridge is seen interacting at the airport in Kingston, Jamaica, ahead of her departure to The Bahamas

The Duchess of Cambridge speaks to dignitaries ahead of her departure on RAF Voyager with Prince William on Thursday

The Duchess of Cambridge speaks to dignitaries ahead of her departure on RAF Voyager with Prince William on Thursday

The Duchess shakes hands as she and Prince William depart from Norman Manley International Airport on their royal tour

The Duchess shakes hands as she and Prince William depart from Norman Manley International Airport on their royal tour

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are seen departing for The Bahamas at Norman Manley International Airport

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are seen departing for The Bahamas at Norman Manley International Airport

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge climb the steps of the plan as they depart the airport in Jamaica's capital of Kingston

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge climb the steps of the plan as they depart the airport in Jamaica’s capital of Kingston

Prince William and Kate stand on the steps at the top of the plane as they prepare to depart the airport in Kingston, Jamaica

Prince William and Kate stand on the steps at the top of the plane as they prepare to depart the airport in Kingston, Jamaica

The Jamaican flag and the Royal Ensign are flown from the cockpit of a Royal Air Force plane during the departure ceremony

The Jamaican flag and the Royal Ensign are flown from the cockpit of a Royal Air Force plane during the departure ceremony

Military personnel are seen lining up for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's departure ceremony in Jamaica on Thursday

Military personnel are seen lining up for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s departure ceremony in Jamaica on Thursday

Ceremonial guards prepare for a farewell ceremony for Prince William and Kate on the sixth day of their Caribbean tour

Ceremonial guards prepare for a farewell ceremony for Prince William and Kate on the sixth day of their Caribbean tour

Police security are seen ahead of the departure of Prince William and Kate from Norman Manley International Airport

Police security are seen ahead of the departure of Prince William and Kate from Norman Manley International Airport

Prince William and Kate Middleton attend the inaugural Commissioning Parade in Jamaica today for service personnel from across the Caribbean who have recently completed the Caribbean Military Academy's Officer Training Programme

Prince William and Kate Middleton attend the inaugural Commissioning Parade in Jamaica today for service personnel from across the Caribbean who have recently completed the Caribbean Military Academy’s Officer Training Programme

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ride in Jamaica a vintage Land Rover used by Queen Elizabeth II in 1966 and again in 1994, as they leave a commissioning parade in Kingston on the sixth day of their Caribbean tour

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ride in Jamaica a vintage Land Rover used by Queen Elizabeth II in 1966 and again in 1994, as they leave a commissioning parade in Kingston on the sixth day of their Caribbean tour

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travel in an open-top Land Rover in Kingston, Jamaica, today for the inaugural Commissioning Parade for service personnel, on what is day six of their tour of the Caribbean on behalf of the Queen

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travel in an open-top Land Rover in Kingston, Jamaica, today for the inaugural Commissioning Parade for service personnel, on what is day six of their tour of the Caribbean on behalf of the Queen

Prince William and Kate Middleton bow their heads at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade today

Prince William and Kate Middleton bow their heads at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today dazzled in white at a military parade in Jamaica

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today dazzled in white at a military parade in Jamaica

The Duchess of Cambridge meets a newly commissioned officer as she attends the Commissioning Parade in Jamaica today

The Duchess of Cambridge meets a newly commissioned officer as she attends the Commissioning Parade in Jamaica today

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the inaugural Commissioning Parade for service personnel completing the Caribbean Military Academy's Officer Training Programme

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the inaugural Commissioning Parade for service personnel completing the Caribbean Military Academy’s Officer Training Programme

The Duke of Cambridge speaks today at the Commissioning Parade for service personnel from across the Caribbean

The Duke of Cambridge speaks today at the Commissioning Parade for service personnel from across the Caribbean

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today travelled in Jamaica in the same open-top Land Rover that transported the Queen

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today travelled in Jamaica in the same open-top Land Rover that transported the Queen 

The Queen and Prince Philip travel in a similar Range Rover in Jamaica in 1953 as they are greeted by schoolchildren

The Queen and Prince Philip travel in a similar Range Rover in Jamaica in 1953 as they are greeted by schoolchildren

The duke denounced slavery as ‘abhorrent’, saying ‘it should never have happened’ as he addressed the issue following days of protests calling for reparations from the royal family.

William expressed his ‘profound sorrow’ at the forced transportation of millions of people from Africa to the Caribbean and North America – a trade which British monarchs either supported or profited from during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Speaking during his visit to Jamaica with Kate, he echoed the words of his father the Prince of Wales and went on to acknowledge Jamaica’s ‘pain’.

The Cambridges’ tour of Belize, Jamaica and the forthcoming final leg in The Bahamas has prompted demonstrations and statements calling for an apology from the royal family. The future king did not say sorry, just as his father Charles had not during his trip to witness Barbados become a republic.

But he praised the Windrush generation of Caribbeans who arrived in the UK a few years after the Second World War to help rebuild the nation depleted by six years of conflict.

Prince William at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of their royal tour today

Prince William at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of their royal tour today

Prince William wore his Tropical Dress of the Blues and Royals and proudly displayed his military medals

Prince William wore his Tropical Dress of the Blues and Royals and proudly displayed his military medals

Prince William wore his Tropical Dress of the Blues and Royals and proudly displayed his military medals

Kate Middleton at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of their royal tour today

Kate Middleton at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of their royal tour today

Kate Middleton looked glamourous in a white dress and hat at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade

Kate Middleton looked glamourous in a white dress and hat at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade

Prince William and Kate Middleton at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of their royal tour today

Prince William and Kate Middleton at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of their royal tour today

The Duchess of Cambridge dazzled in all white at a Commissioning Parade for service personnel from across the Caribbean

The Duchess of Cambridge dazzled in all white at a Commissioning Parade for service personnel from across the Caribbean

Prince William and Kate Middleton bow their heads at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade today

Prince William and Kate Middleton bow their heads at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade today

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Prince William and Kate Middleton bow their heads at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade today

Prince William and Kate Middleton at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade

Prince William and Kate Middleton at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade

Jamaica’s prime minister Andrew Holness appeared to suggest his country may be the next country to break away from the monarchy, telling the Cambridges it was ‘moving on’ and intended to ‘fulfil our true ambitions and destiny as an independent, developed, prosperous country’.

The Independent has reported the Jamaican government has already begun the process to transition to a republic, with an official appointed to oversee the work.

Speaking during a dinner hosted by the Queen’s representative in Jamaica, Governor General Sir Patrick Linton Allen, the duke said: ‘Anniversaries are also a moment for reflection, particularly this week with the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.’

Commenting on the sentiment expressed by Charles when he attended the Barbados ceremony that saw it become a republic in November, he said: ‘I strongly agree with my father, the Prince of Wales, who said in Barbados last year that the appalling atrocity of slavery forever stains our history.’

‘I want to express my profound sorrow. Slavery was abhorrent. And it should never have happened.

‘While the pain runs deep, Jamaica continues to forge its future with determination, courage and fortitude. The strength and shared sense of purpose of the Jamaican people, represented in your flag and motto, celebrate an invincible spirit.

Commissioning Parade for service personnel from across the Caribbean

Commissioning Parade for service personnel from across the Caribbean

Prince William arrives to attend the inaugural Commissioning Parade for service personnel completing the Caribbean Military Academy's Officer Training Programme

Prince William arrives to attend the inaugural Commissioning Parade for service personnel completing the Caribbean Military Academy’s Officer Training Programme

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the inaugural Commissioning Parade for service personnel completing the Caribbean Military Academy's Officer Training Programme

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the inaugural Commissioning Parade for service personnel completing the Caribbean Military Academy’s Officer Training Programme

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the inaugural Commissioning Parade for service personnel completing the Caribbean Military Academy's Officer Training Programme

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the inaugural Commissioning Parade for service personnel completing the Caribbean Military Academy’s Officer Training Programme

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the inaugural Commissioning Parade for service personnel completing the Caribbean Military Academy's Officer Training Programme

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the inaugural Commissioning Parade for service personnel completing the Caribbean Military Academy’s Officer Training Programme

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of their royal tour

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of their royal tour

‘It is this same spirit that spurred on the Windrush generation, who came to the United Kingdom to help rebuild after the Second World War.

‘We are forever grateful for the immense contribution that this generation and their descendants have made to British life, which continues to enrich and improve our society.’

Elizabeth I was involved with one of Britain’s first slave traders, John Hawkins, while Charles II encouraged the expansion of the industry and with his brother the Duke of York, later James II, invested their private funds in the Royal African Company, which transported Africans across the Atlantic.

As the slavery abolitionists campaigned they were opposed by the Duke of Clarence, George III’s son, later to become William IV.

The royal and the rest of the pro-slavery lobby would eventually lose the battle when William Wilberforce and other abolitionists succeeded in passing the bill banning the slave trade in 1807.

William delivered his speech on Wednesday and for the second day the Cambridges’ presence in Jamaica prompted protests, with around a dozen members of Jamaica’s Rastafarian community demanding reparations from the royal family when the couple visited a military event near Montego Bay.

Ras Iyah V, a leading member of Jamaica’s Rastafari Nyahbinghi community, said: ‘We are here to protest against any British monarchy descendant coming to Jamaica without being prepared to apologise for slavery and colonialism.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she attends the inaugural Commissioning Parade in Jamaica today

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she attends the inaugural Commissioning Parade in Jamaica today

Soldiers marching as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the inaugural Commissioning Parade in Jamaica today

Soldiers marching as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the inaugural Commissioning Parade in Jamaica today

Kate Middleton at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of the royal tour of the Caribbean today

Kate Middleton at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of the royal tour of the Caribbean today

Kate Middleton at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of the royal tour of the Caribbean today

Kate Middleton at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of the royal tour of the Caribbean today

Kate Middleton at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of the royal tour of the Caribbean today

Kate Middleton at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of the royal tour of the Caribbean today

Kate Middleton at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of the royal tour of the Caribbean today

Kate Middleton at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of the royal tour of the Caribbean today

Kate Middleton at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of the royal tour of the Caribbean today

Kate Middleton at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of the royal tour of the Caribbean today

Kate Middleton at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of the royal tour of the Caribbean today

Kate Middleton at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of the royal tour of the Caribbean today

Kate Middleton at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of the royal tour of the Caribbean today

Kate Middleton at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of the royal tour of the Caribbean today

Kate Middleton at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of the royal tour of the Caribbean today

Kate Middleton at a Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of the royal tour of the Caribbean today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the inaugural Commissioning Parade for service personnel from in Jamaica today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the inaugural Commissioning Parade for service personnel from in Jamaica today

‘We can only forgive people who acknowledge that what they did was wrong and are willing to repair the breach of the wrongs they have committed.’

He added: ‘And today the British monarchy has a lot of African artefacts in their possession – they still bathe in the wealth that was extracted out of the blood, sweat and tears and lives of our people and we have never been compensated for any form of enslavement.’

During his speech at the black tie event William affectionately paid tribute to the Queen, whose Platinum Jubilee is marked by the Cambridge’s Caribbean tour: ‘She may be my actual grandmother, but everyone counts her as their grandmother too.’

And he recognised the plight of Jamaicans caught up in the conflict in Ukraine: ‘Catherine and I were deeply moved by the plight of the Jamaican students who have recently returned safely from Ukraine.

‘Their experiences are a reminder of the terrifying toll and inequality of war and conflicts across the world, which we must never forget.’

Kate was dressed in a green gown by British designer Jenny Packham paired with earrings and a bracelet that were loaned by the Queen and wore the Royal Family Order and her Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order star.

Prince William’s speech at military parade in Jamaica

A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at the Inaugural Commissioning Parade of the Caribbean Military Academy

Governor General, Prime Minister, Chief of Defence Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, good morning.

I am honoured to be here representing Her Majesty The Queen at the Caribbean Military Academy’s first Commissioning Parade for the Initial Officer Training Programme.

Congratulations to everyone on parade today.

I have stood to attention myself on many parades as you do now, proud of my accomplishments, yet also hoping that the Reviewing Officer keeps the speech short.

This is all the more important today as we bask in the glorious Jamaican sunshine!

You all stand before me as seventy-seven officer cadets: from Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, Suriname and Uganda.

However you are here today as one unit.

You have formed friendships which will last a lifetime, and built a network of camaraderie and experience to call upon in the future.

I know very well from my own time at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst what a formative experience this year will have been.

Today you mark the successful completion of your training programme in the classrooms, on the parade squares and in the exercise areas.

But remember, this is just the beginning.

Because now the hard work really starts, as you join your units and assume command.

You are graduating today as officers into an uncertain world.

In your service ahead you will have to contend with climatic, geological, criminal and wider state and non-state threats to our collective safety, security and prosperity.

Being asked to lead men and women through uncertainty and danger is daunting.

‘You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice’.

From here the onus is on you to grow into the leaders you have been taught about in textbooks, watched on your screens and witnessed in your instructors.

Good leadership is hard to define, but it’s easy to recognise in others.

As Catherine and I visit Jamaica in celebration of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, I thought I might quote my grandmother on the subject.

In an address to the United Nations General Assembly in 2010, she said:

‘I know of no single formula for success, but over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal, and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration, to work together.’

I think that’s a very good model to follow.

Let me also pay tribute today to the instructors and staff here at the Caribbean Military Academy for running this Initial Officer Training Programme.

Putting on this international course for the first time was never going to be easy.

And then you had to deliver it in the middle of a global pandemic.

You should all be incredibly proud of your achievement, and of the young officers turned out so smartly in front of us today.

I know how pleased the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is to have helped you establish this course, and it’s great to see the Commandant here today.

Your collective collaboration and success is a testament to the continuing excellent defence relationship between Jamaica and the United Kingdom.

And finally, I know how special it is to have your families join this celebration of your achievement.

So I would like to thank all the guests for travelling here today.

Were it not for your support and guidance, particularly given the additional challenges imposed by the pandemic, these cadets would not be here.

I know you are beaming with pride.

Congratulations again everyone.

My Fair Lady: Kate Middleton channels Eliza Doolittle in head-to-toe white as she wears a custom-made lace Alexander McQueen dress and Princess Diana’s bracelet for final engagement in Jamaica

By Jessica Green For MailOnline

Kate Middleton has channelled My Fair Lady’s Eliza Doolittle in head-to-toe white for her final engagement in Jamaica.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 40, appeared effortlessly elegant in a custom lace Alexander McQueen dress as she joined Prince William at the Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of their tour of the Caribbean.

Kate looked every bit My Fair Lady in the ensemble, which was reminiscent of the frilly white gown sported by Cockney flower-seller Eliza Doolittle – played by Audrey Hepburn in the 1965 Hollywood musical – as she accompanies Professor Henry Higgins to Ascot. 

The royal mother-of-three teamed her ensemble today with a stunning pearl bracelet that belonged to Princess Diana, while carrying her essentials in a £395 Anya Hindmarch pearl-embellished satin clutch.  

She completed her look with a sophisticated hat featuring floral details and matching white high heels. 

Kate Middleton (pictured) has channelled My Fair Lady's Eliza Doolittle in head-to-toe white for her final engagement in Jamaica

Kate Middleton (pictured) has channelled My Fair Lady’s Eliza Doolittle in head-to-toe white for her final engagement in Jamaica

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured), 40, appeared effortlessly elegant in a lace Alexander McQueen dress as she joined Prince William at the Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of their tour of the Caribbean

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured), 40, appeared effortlessly elegant in a lace Alexander McQueen dress as she joined Prince William at the Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on day six of their tour of the Caribbean

Kate wore Princess Diana's bracelet (pictured). This isn't the first time the Duchess has opted to wear the piece, having worn it at a summer reception in Germany in 2017 and a G7 summit reception in June 2021

Kate wore Princess Diana’s bracelet (pictured). This isn’t the first time the Duchess has opted to wear the piece, having worn it at a summer reception in Germany in 2017 and a G7 summit reception in June 2021

Adding even more glitz to her ensemble, Kate donned a pair of dainty pear earrings to match the bracelet that the late Princess Diana wore in 1989 (pictured) for an engagement in Hong Kong

Adding even more glitz to her ensemble, Kate donned a pair of dainty pear earrings to match the bracelet that the late Princess Diana wore in 1989 (pictured) for an engagement in Hong Kong

Adding even more glitz to her ensemble, she donned a pair of dainty pear earrings to match the bracelet that the late Princess Diana wore in 1989 for an engagement in Hong Kong.

This isn’t the first time the Duchess has opted to wear the piece, having worn it at a summer reception in Germany in 2017 and a G7 summit reception in June 2021.

Kate, with her hair pulled back, oozed elegance thanks to her radiant dress, which featured a cinched waist thanks to a white belt and a square neckline.

With statement shoulders, the midi-length dress boasted stunning lace detailing along the skirt and top.

Kate finished her look with a smattering of glamorous makeup, including a deep blush and pink lips.

Looking equally sophisticated for the military parade, Prince William wore his Tropical Dress of the Blues and Royals and proudly displayed his military medals. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton at the Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade

Prince William and Kate Middleton at the Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade

Kate (pictured) looked every bit My Fair Lady in the ensemble, which was reminiscent of the frilly white gown sported by Cockney flower-seller Eliza Doolittle – played by Audrey Hepburn in the 1965 Hollywood musical - as she accompanies Professor Henry Higgins to Ascot

Kate arrives at the event

Kate (pictured) looked every bit My Fair Lady in the ensemble, which was reminiscent of the frilly white gown sported by Cockney flower-seller Eliza Doolittle – played by Audrey Hepburn in the 1965 Hollywood musical – as she accompanies Professor Henry Higgins to Ascot

The royal mother-of-three (pictured) teamed her ensemble today with a stunning pearl bracelet that belonged to Princess Diana, while carrying her essentials in a £395 Anya Hindmarch pearl-embellished satin clutch

The royal mother-of-three (pictured) teamed her ensemble today with a stunning pearl bracelet that belonged to Princess Diana, while carrying her essentials in a £395 Anya Hindmarch pearl-embellished satin clutch

Kate (pictured), with her hair pulled back, oozed elegance thanks to her radiant dress, which featured a cinched waist thanks to a white belt and a square neckline

The Duchess of Cambridge during the outing today

Kate (pictured), with her hair pulled back, oozed elegance thanks to her radiant dress, which featured a cinched waist thanks to a white belt and a square neckline



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