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Royal tour to keep Queen relevant

Regional 22 Feb, 2022 Follow News

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will tour the Caribbean

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be on a royal charm offensive in the Caribbean next month hoping to shore up support for the monarchy in the region, but overwhelming feeling is that it will be a futile attempt.

William, 39, and Kate, 40, will tour the Bahamas, Jamaica and Belize hoping to prevent more nations from removing the Queen as head of state and become a republic.

The visit - the couple's first major joint overseas tour since before the pandemic - also coincides with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

The Duke of Cambridge served in Belize, in Central America, with the Welsh Guards. Other stops will include Coral Vita in the Bahamas, a coral farm focused on reef restoration that was last year named one of the five £1 million (KY$1.29m) winners of the Duke’s inaugural Earthshot Prize.

A visit from two of the most glamorous Royals will give crucial support for the Monarchy in the region but won’t have a significant impact.

In November, Prince Charles visited Barbados for a ceremony to mark its historic decision to remove the Queen as head of state. Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda and a few other Caribbean countries are debating breaking away too. Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Dominica already have their own heads of state.

Last year, John Briceno, the Prime Minister of Belize, did not rule out his nation following suit, saying: “We need to find what fits Belize best.”

The last high-profile Royal visit to Belize - as well as the Bahamas and Jamaica - was made by Prince Harry in 2012 to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

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