It’s a wrap: Prince William and Kate’s Caribbean tour ends

By Rumi Samuel Published on March 28, 2022
It’s a wrap: Prince William and Kate’s Caribbean tour ends

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate, have ended their royal tour of the Caribbean following their last stop in The Bahamas.

In a post on the official Instagram account of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the royal couple says they have learned so much, with the tour bringing into even sharper focus questions about the past and future. Here is what the post said:

" Foreign tours are an opportunity to reflect. You learn so much. What is on the minds of Prime Ministers. The hopes and ambitions of school children. The day-to-day challenges faced by families and communities.

I know that this tour has brought into even sharper focus questions about the past and the future. In Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas, that future is for the people to decide upon. But we have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with communities in all three countries, understanding more about the issues that matter most to them. 

Catherine and I are committed to service. For us, that's not telling people what to do. It is about serving and supporting them in whatever way they think best by using the platform we are lucky to have.

It is why tours such as this reaffirm our desire to serve the Commonwealth's people and listen to communities worldwide. Who the Commonwealth chooses to lead its family in the future isn't what is on my mind. What matters to us is the Commonwealth family's potential to create a better future for the people who form it and our commitment to serve and support as best we can. "

On the final day of their tour in The Bahamas, The Duke and Duchess spent time learning about the devastating impact of Hurricane Dorian, which hit in September 2019, and the reconstruction efforts that have followed.

They travelled to Abaco – a chain of islands and barrier cays in the northern part of the country. It was one of the parts of the country that was hit hardest by Dorian, with winds of 185mph leaving devastation in their wake.

Starting the day at Daystar Evangelical Church, Their Royal Highnesses met people and families from across the community to hear first-hand what it was like to be on the island at the point the hurricane hit and how people have come together to support each other during a tough time.

Next on Abaco, The Duke and Duchess celebrated the regeneration work and the return of tourists to the island as they attended a ‘Fish Fry’ – a quintessentially Bahamian culinary gathering place found on every island in The Bahamas.

Their Royal Highnesses then travelled from Abaco to Grand Bahama, where they visited the Grand Bahama Children’s Home, which provides a loving home environment to vulnerable children who cannot live with their families.

The final engagement of their tour was with a visit to the 2021 Earth shot Prize Winner, Coral Vita.

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