The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spent the past week traveling through three Commonwealth kingdoms – Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas – on a journey aimed at celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 70 years on the throne.
Last November, Barbados severed its last remaining colonial ties to London, removing the Queen as head of state and inaugurating its first president, Sandra Mason.
In a statement issued by Kensington Palace on Saturday, the Duke said overseas tours were “an opportunity to reflect.”
“You learn so much. What are prime ministers thinking about. School children’s hopes and ambitions. The daily challenges that families and communities face,” he explained.
But in an open admission, William continued: “I know this trip has brought even sharper focus on issues of the past and the future. In Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas, it is the future that the people must decide. But we have really enjoyed spend time with communities in all three countries and understand more about the issues that matter most to them. ”
William reiterated his commitment to service, along with his wife Catherines, before adding: “For us, it’s not about telling people what to do. It’s about serving and supporting them in the way they like best, by to use the platform we are lucky to have. “
“Who the Commonwealth chooses to lead its family in the future is not what I’m thinking. What matters to us is the potential of the Commonwealth family to create a better future for the people who form it, and our commitment to to serve and support as best we can. “
William and Kate’s first official visit to the region was marked by problems. The couple was told by Jamaica’s prime minister on Wednesday that the country is “moving” and will achieve its “true ambition” to be “independent”.
Earlier in the trip in Belize, a royal engagement was also canceled due to reported opposition from local residents.
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