By Aaron Humes: Sources in Belize have told the UK Daily Mail that representatives of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife Kate, were spotted last week in Ambergris Caye, Belize District.
Though they tried to keep it quiet, a source on the island claims it was an advance party preparing for a potential Royal tour later this year, likely as part of a wider Caribbean tour to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (75th anniversary) this year.
Belize, where the Queen is head of state and Prince William once trained with the Welsh Guards, is understood to be among the destinations on a trip that would have ‘a focus on ecological issues’. According to the Mail, it may form part of a much wider Caribbean tour taking in other Commonwealth nations such as St Kitts and Nevis, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, Trinidad and Tobago, and St Lucia.
The last such visit was from Prince Harry in 2012 as part of the Diamond Jubilee, after the Queen’s own visits in 1985 and 1994.
In November, Prince Charles visited Barbados for a ceremony to mark its historic decision to remove the Queen as head of state, following other Commonwealth countries in the region, including Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Dominica, which already have their own heads of state.
Last year, Prime Minister John Briceño would not rule out Belize following suit, saying: ‘We need to find what fits Belize best.’
However, the Belize source claims that while there is some talk here about Belize emulating Barbados’ decision, Belizeans still respect and love the Queen as a person, and so a visit from her grandson and his wife would be “a huge triumph.”