The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spent the past week traveling through three Commonwealth realms – Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas – on a trip to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 70 years on the throne.
Last November, Barbados severed its last colonial ties with London, returning the Queen as head of state and inaugurating its first president, Sandra Mason.
In a statement released by Kensington Palace on Saturday, the Duke said the overseas tours were “an opportunity for reflection”.
“You learn so much. What’s on the minds of prime ministers. The hopes and ambitions of schoolchildren. The daily challenges facing families and communities,” he explained.
However, in a candid admission, William continued, “I know this tour has brought to light even more specific questions about the past and the future. In Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas, it’s up to the people to decide. of that future. But we have really enjoyed spending time with communities in all three countries, gaining a better understanding of the issues that matter most to them.”
William reiterated his and his wife Catherine’s commitment to service, before adding: “For us, it’s not about telling people what to do. It’s about serving and supporting them. in the way they think is best, using the platform we are blessed with.”
“Who the Commonwealth chooses to lead their family in the future is not what I think. What matters to us is the potential of the Commonwealth family to create a better future for the people who make it up, and our commitment to serve and support as best we can.”
William and Kate’s first official visit to the area was plagued with problems. The couple were told by Jamaica’s Prime Minister on Wednesday that the country was “moving on” and achieving its “true ambition” to be “independent”.
Earlier in the trip to Belize, a royal engagement was also canceled due to reported opposition from local residents.
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