This Saturday the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge began their official tour of Caribbean countries, these trips are on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II and are part of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.
Their first stop was in Belize, where Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, were received by the authorities and then moved to Laing Building, where they met with the Prime Minister of Belize, Johnny Briceno, and his wife, Rossana Briceno.
The first events of the agenda went well, however, the Duke and Duchess were forced to suspend an event due to protests against them.
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Protesters reject William and Kate’s presence in Belize
Both William and Kate declined to participate in the events to be held in a cocoa plantation, located in the town of Indian Creek. The Cambridge’s office informed that the reason for the suspension was due to “sensitive issues” linked to the residents of the locality.
“We can confirm that due to sensitive issues involving the Indian Creek community, the visit has been moved to another location,” a Kensington Palace spokeswoman confirmed.
“We don’t want them in our lands”, was part of the words of the local inhabitants, who rejected the presence of the dukes as representatives of the British crown. According to the Daily Mail, since last Friday, complaints against the visit of the Queen’s representatives have been increasing.
According to the newspaper, Indian Creek residents are in conflict with an organization sponsored by William. Residents also criticized that the couple traveled by helicopter and landed on the town’s soccer field.
“We don’t want them to land on our land, that’s the message we want to send. They can land wherever they want, but not on our land,” said Sebastian Shol, president of the village, in statements reported by the British newspaper.
Belize is the first stop of a trip that will visit other Caribbean countries belonging to the Commonwealth, which have Queen Elizabeth as head of state. The Duke and Duchess will travel to Jamaica and the Bahamas in the coming days.