Duke and Duchess of Cambridge launch Caribbean charm offensive

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge launch Caribbean charm offensive

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will launch a royal charm offensive in the Caribbean next month to rally support for the monarchy in the region.

William, 39, and Kate, 40, will tour the Bahamas, Jamaica and Belize to stop other countries from overthrowing the 95-year-old queen from head of state and becoming a republic.

The visit – the couple’s first major overseas tour together since the pandemic – also coincides with the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Caribbean next month to rally support for the monarchy in the year of the Queen's platinum jubilee.  Pictured is the couple in London in December

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Caribbean next month to rally support for the monarchy in the year of the Queen’s platinum jubilee. Pictured is the couple in London in December

According to The Daily Telegraph, the couple will be in the region for about 12 days and their activities will focus on the environment.

It comes after representatives from Cambridge were spotted in Belize on the island paradise of Ambergris Cay in what locals say was a “pre-party” in preparation for the royal tour in the spring.

The Duke of Cambridge served in Belize, in Central America, in the Welsh Guards.

A source on the island told the Mail On Sunday: “Their people were very secretive and kept saying it needed to be kept secret, but on a small island like Ambergris Cay, it’s impossible to remain silent for long.”

“They talked about a four-day visit to Belize in March as part of a longer trip to that part of the world. They said that William and Kate could visit Caye and also go to mainland Belize. That’s all they talk about here. We are so excited.

Other stops reportedly include Coral Vita in the Bahamas, a reef restoration coral farm that was named one of five winners of the first £1 million Duke Earthshot Prize last year.

William, 39, and Kate, 40, will tour the Bahamas, Jamaica and Belize.  Pictured is the Solomon Islands in 2012.

William, 39, and Kate, 40, will tour the Bahamas, Jamaica and Belize. Pictured is the Solomon Islands in 2012.

The visit of two of the most glamorous members of the royal family will bolster the region’s decisive support for the monarchy.

In November, Prince Charles visited Barbados for a ceremony marking his historic decision to oust the Queen as head of state.

Other Commonwealth countries in the region, including Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Dominica, already have their own heads of state.

Last year, John Briceno, Belize’s prime minister, did not rule out his country following suit, saying, “We need to find what works best for Belize.”

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.

He attended a street party, tasted the local rum, and opened a road that was renamed after his grandmother.

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.  Photograph of Harry in the Bahamas

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. Photograph of Harry in the Bahamas

The Queen is pictured in Belize in 1985.  The visit of two of the most glamorous members of the royal family will bolster the region's decisive support for the monarchy.

The Queen is pictured in Belize in 1985. The visit of two of the most glamorous members of the royal family will bolster the region’s decisive support for the monarchy.

Ten years later, with Harry and Prince Andrew stepping down from royal duties, far fewer family members are able to perform official duties on behalf of the 95-year-old Queen.

“That leaves more work for the Cambridges, Charles and Camilla,” a Palace insider said.

“The importance of Charles’ visit cannot be underestimated because the heir to the throne will always be superior in rank to other senior members of the royal family, but at the same time it cannot be denied that the Cambridges have a certain amount of stardust.”

A source in Belize said: “When Barbados declared independence, there was a lot of talk in Belize that we would follow the same path. But we love the queen.

In November, Prince Charles visited Barbados (above) for a ceremony marking his historic decision to remove the Queen as head of state.

In November, Prince Charles visited Barbados (above) for a ceremony marking his historic decision to remove the Queen as head of state.

“We have pictures of her in every government building and we are very attached to her as a person, even though some of the younger generation are turning away from the monarchy. William and Kate coming to visit us would be a huge triumph.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are returning to overseas travel after being largely delayed due to Covid-19. Prince William visited Dubai last week and Kate is flying to Copenhagen next week.

Kensington Palace declined to comment to The Daily Telegraph. MailOnline has contacted Kensington Palace for comment.

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