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William and Kate look ship-shape as they change outfits to board a yacht at sailing regatta

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a quick outfit change to board a yacht at one of the first sailing regattas in The Bahamas since the start of the Covid pandemic.

Prince William and Kate greeted crowds and local fisherman as they walked along Montagu Bay in New Providence on the final stop of their Caribbean tour to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Kate was pictured wearing a white polo shirt and cream-coloured chino shorts, which she paired with her white Superga trainers that she previously wore in Belize, whilst William donned a casual blue shirt and black shorts.    

In the choppy waters, the duke sailed to victory in a race against Kate today during a rain-affected regatta in The Bahamas to celebrate the Queen’s jubilee. 

William set sail in an iconic Bahamian sloop named the Susan Chase, whilst Kate boarded a vessel named the Ants Nest II. She also sported a white cap once she was on board with her crew mates that had the boat’s name on in red writing.   

His boat came in about five minutes ahead of four others including one featuring the Duchess of Cambridge, who suffered the ignominy of coming in last with her crew.

It was a second consecutive victory for William, who beat his wife in the King’s Cup charity regatta off the Isle of Wight in 2019 when they last raced on the water. On that occasion her boat was disqualified. 

Kate triumphed when the ultra competitive couple raced yachts in New Zealand in 2014.

In the evening they will attend a dinner hosted by the Governor General Sir Cornelius Smith featuring community leaders and local heroes and the duke will give a speech. They are currently on an eight-day tour of the Caribbean which began on Saturday and has already taken them to Belize and Jamaica. The tour will finish tomorrow.  

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a quick outfit change to board a yacht at one of the first sailing regattas in The Bahamas since the start of the pandemic

Pictured: Prince William and Kate walk towards a boat during the Bahamas Platinum Jubilee Sailing Regatta on the seventh day of their tour

Pictured: Prince William and Kate walk towards a boat during the Bahamas Platinum Jubilee Sailing Regatta on the seventh day of their tour

Kate was pictured wearing a white polo shirt and cream-coloured chino shorts, which she paired with her white Superga trainers that she previously wore in Belize, whilst William donned a blue shirt and black shorts

Kate was pictured wearing a white polo shirt and cream-coloured chino shorts, which she paired with her white Superga trainers that she previously wore in Belize, whilst William donned a blue shirt and black shorts 

The royal couple were pictured on the yacht appearing to hold a sail up for cover from the rainy weather

The royal couple were pictured on the yacht appearing to hold a sail up for cover from the rainy weather

Kate Middleton was in hysterics with crew members, as they all wore hats of the vessel's name Ants Nest II

Kate Middleton was in hysterics with crew members, as they all wore hats of the vessel’s name Ants Nest II

Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their way to attend The Bahamas Platinum Jubilee Sailing Regatta at Montagu Bay

Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their way to attend The Bahamas Platinum Jubilee Sailing Regatta at Montagu Bay

Racing against one another, William set sail in an iconic Bahamian sloop named the Susan Chase, whilst Kate boarded a vessel named the Ants Nest II

Racing against one another, William set sail in an iconic Bahamian sloop named the Susan Chase, whilst Kate boarded a vessel named the Ants Nest II

Kate sported a white cap once she was on board with her crew mates that had the boat's name on in red writing

Kate sported a white cap once she was on board with her crew mates that had the boat’s name on in red writing

Pictured: Prince William and Kate wave to excited crowds as they attend The Bahamas Platinum Jubilee Sailing Regatta at Montagu Bay

Pictured: Prince William and Kate wave to excited crowds as they attend The Bahamas Platinum Jubilee Sailing Regatta at Montagu Bay

Pictured: The Duchess of Cambridge waved to crowds as she attended the Platinum Jubilee Sailing Regatta with her husband Prince William

Pictured: The Duchess of Cambridge waved to crowds as she attended the Platinum Jubilee Sailing Regatta with her husband Prince William

As the royal couple each set sail, crowds gathered on the beach to see them race against each other in the sea

As the royal couple each set sail, crowds gathered on the beach to see them race against each other in the sea

Kate spoke to local fisherman and looked at their catch of the day as she and William walked along Montagu Bay in New Providence

Kate spoke to local fisherman and looked at their catch of the day as she and William walked along Montagu Bay in New Providence

The Duke of Cambridge waves to cheering crowds on a boat as he stands alongside his wife Kate Middleton

The Duke of Cambridge waves to cheering crowds on a boat as he stands alongside his wife Kate Middleton

The royal coupe raced against each other in the choppy waters. William's boat came in about five minutes ahead of four others including one featuring the Duchess of Cambridge, who suffered the ignominy of coming in last with her crew

The royal coupe raced against each other in the choppy waters. William’s boat came in about five minutes ahead of four others including one featuring the Duchess of Cambridge, who suffered the ignominy of coming in last with her crew

It was a second consecutive victory for William, who beat his wife in the King’s Cup charity regatta off the Isle of Wight in 2019 when they last raced on the water. On that occasion her boat was disqualified. Kate triumphed when the ultra competitive couple raced yachts in New Zealand in 2014

It was a second consecutive victory for William, who beat his wife in the King’s Cup charity regatta off the Isle of Wight in 2019 when they last raced on the water. On that occasion her boat was disqualified. Kate triumphed when the ultra competitive couple raced yachts in New Zealand in 2014

Earlier, Kate was pictured holding a newborn baby during a royal walkabout with Prince William as the couple continued their protest-hit tour of the Caribbean with a visit to a school in the Bahamas amid torrential downpours.

The royal couple greeted crowds who gathered in Parliament Square before attending the colourful Junkanoo Carnival in Nassau to celebrate the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee alongside the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Philip Davis, and his wife Ann-Marie.

Kate was pictured speaking to a mother in the crowd and cradling her baby’s head before the iconic street parade, which featured locals wearing colourful costumes and dancing to music.  

This morning, the couple took a trip to Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau this morning where they dropped in on a class to meet pupils and staff, and joined the morning assembly – with the Duchess of Cambridge joking that they had brought ‘England’s rain with us’. 

Kate, who was wearing a dress by Self Portrait and jewellery by Bahamian designer by Nadia Irena, said as she walked under an umbrella in the rain: ‘Oh my gosh. The weather, sorry, we’ve brought England’s rain with us.’

And William also quipped: ‘We’ve brought the weather, haven’t we?’ In fact, the UK is enjoying unseasonably warm weather today as temperatures reached 19C (66F) and people flocked to beaches across southern England.

Today’s assembly saw children from schools across the Bahamian islands dial in to meet the couple. Schools in the Bahamas were closed for nearly two years from March 2020 until January this year because of the pandemic.

In a speech during the assembly, Kate told the children: ‘I hope you didn’t get too wet coming here and apologies for bringing this British weather with us.’ The Duchess added: ‘Thank you so much for such a warm welcome.’

She said the couple’s three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis ‘all love being by the sea’, adding: ‘So I hope they will be able to experience your clear waters and beautiful beaches before too long.’

Kate said ‘the last few years have not been easy for many of you’. Appearing emotional, she added: ‘One of the hardest things I think we’ve all found about the pandemic was being separated from the people we love. But we’ve also had the chance to rediscover how important our families are and how important our friends are too.’  

The Cambridges also spent time with key workers and frontline staff in an informal gathering in the Garden of Remembrance, also in the capital.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to frontline workers who had battled through the pandemic and shared their methods for coping with trauma.

Kate spoke to medial staff from the Princess Margaret Hospital about the relationship between physical and mental fitness, after successive lockdowns in the UK due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Dr Thomas Smith told the Duchess how community services had been rocked by the pressures of the pandemic and his worries for people’s mental health.

They wave from a boat during the Bahamas Platinum Jubilee Sailing Regatta on the seventh day of their Caribbean tour

They wave from a boat during the Bahamas Platinum Jubilee Sailing Regatta on the seventh day of their Caribbean tour

The royal couple get ready to board a boat at the Platinum Jubilee Sailing Regatta on day seven of the Royal Tour

The royal couple get ready to board a boat at the Platinum Jubilee Sailing Regatta on day seven of the Royal Tour

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak to fisherman who show off their catch of the day

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak to fisherman who show off their catch of the day 

He said: ‘We are seeing a bigger need for those types of services, especially in a community setting. It’s been tough mentally on many people.

‘Our services really are from cradle to grave so we cater for everyone but it’s important to recognise a need for those community relations as well.’

Kate said: ‘That’s so right. We have to look after our mental fitness as well as the physical side. I think people recognise that more and more.

‘This is the perfect opportunity to have that conversation – and early intervention is really important too.’

William on the other side of a line up of community groups from The Bahamas in the Garden of Remembrance, behind the Parliament Building.

The duke spoke members of the Bahamas Red Cross who had battled the effects of the devastating Hurricane Dorian in 2019 and then were deployed to deal with covid bases.

He said: ‘You guys have had it pretty full on. Two such seismic events but now an opportunity to rebuild for the future.

‘And I suppose that’s where you guys come in again with your expertise.’

Listening the mood he said:

‘We don’t want any more disasters for you, let’s hope The Bahamas Red Cross has a boring few years!’

Christine Lightburn from the BRC said of William: ‘He gets it. He really does. You can tell. He knows the pressures of the job and our roles.

‘Nothing could prepare us for when Dorian came but by god’s grace we had others to come to help us.

‘Prince William recognised that need for collaboration.’

William relayed some of personal experiences with the team from MEMS – the emergency medical services – telling them of his memoirs of working as an aura ambulance pilot.

He said: ‘Catherine and I have been doing out best to raise awareness about mental fitness. It’s okay to say if you’re not feeling great.

‘When I was in the air ambulance there were plenty of times where I had an experience where I would come back at the end of the day and not be able to explain why I was feeling what I was feeling.

‘I think it’s important to recognise this and realise it’s not normal. And it’s important to recognise you should access any help you can if it’s out there.’

Kate, 40, also spoke to youngsters from the Governor General Youth Award, a programme for young people between 12 and 18 similar to the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

She said: ‘I remember it being such fun.

‘We would go off for what seemed like days.

‘Tell me what were the good bits?

‘I remember going in the holidays which was less distracting when all your friends were there.’  

Kate Middleton poses with a newborn during a walk to meet crowds at a parade in Nassau, The Bahamas during the Royals third and final stop on their 2022 Platinum Jubilee Caribbean Tour

Kate Middleton poses with a newborn during a walk to meet crowds at a parade in Nassau, The Bahamas during the Royals third and final stop on their 2022 Platinum Jubilee Caribbean Tour

The Duchess of Cambridge is pictured holding the baby's head as she talks to the mother following the parade

The Duchess of Cambridge is pictured holding the baby’s head as she talks to the mother following the parade

Duchess of Cambridge, greets a young performer during the traditional Bahamian Jankadoo celebration at Parliament Square in Nassau

Duchess of Cambridge, greets a young performer during the traditional Bahamian Jankadoo celebration at Parliament Square in Nassau

Performers watched by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the Junkanoo carnival in Parliament Square in Nassau, Bahamas, on day seven of her tour of the Caribbean on behalf of the Queen to mark her Platinum Jubilee

Performers watched by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the Junkanoo carnival in Parliament Square in Nassau, Bahamas, on day seven of her tour of the Caribbean on behalf of the Queen to mark her Platinum Jubilee

The Duchess of Cambridge with the wife of the Prime Minister of the Bahamas Ann-Marie Davis

The Duchess of Cambridge with the wife of the Prime Minister of the Bahamas Ann-Marie Davis

The Duchess of Cambridge watches a Junkanoo carnival in Parliament Square in Nassau on day seven of her tour of the Caribbean with her husband Prince William

The Duchess of Cambridge watches a Junkanoo carnival in Parliament Square in Nassau on day seven of her tour of the Caribbean with her husband Prince William

The Duchess of Cambridge plants a tree during a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau, Bahamas, to meet pupils and staff and to join the school's morning assembly

The Duchess of Cambridge plants a tree during a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau, Bahamas, to meet pupils and staff and to join the school’s morning assembly

The Cambridges will also spend time with key workers and frontline staff in an informal gathering in the Garden of Remembrance, also in the capital, to hear about their experiences of the pandemic

The Cambridges will also spend time with key workers and frontline staff in an informal gathering in the Garden of Remembrance, also in the capital, to hear about their experiences of the pandemic

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for their visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School at Nassau in the Bahamas today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for their visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School at Nassau in the Bahamas today

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives in heavy rain as she visits Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau in the Bahamas today

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives in heavy rain as she visits Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau in the Bahamas today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak to children at Sybil Strachan Primary School at Nassau in the Bahamas today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak to children at Sybil Strachan Primary School at Nassau in the Bahamas today

Pictured: The Duchess of Cambridge shakes hands with a student during a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau, Bahamas, to meet pupils and staff

Pictured: The Duchess of Cambridge shakes hands with a student during a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau, Bahamas, to meet pupils and staff

The Duchess of Cambridge shakes hands with a student during a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School

The Duchess of Cambridge shakes hands with a student during a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join a morning assembly at Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join a morning assembly at Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hold up their hand during a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hold up their hand during a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

Pictured: The Duchess of Cambridge visits Sybil Strachan Primary School on day seven of the Platinum Jubilee Royal Tour of the Caribbean

Pictured: The Duchess of Cambridge visits Sybil Strachan Primary School on day seven of the Platinum Jubilee Royal Tour of the Caribbean

The Duchess of Cambridge puts down her umbrella during a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duchess of Cambridge puts down her umbrella during a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak to children at Sybil Strachan Primary School at Nassau in the Bahamas today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak to children at Sybil Strachan Primary School at Nassau in the Bahamas today

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles in the heavy rain under an umbrella for a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School today

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles in the heavy rain under an umbrella for a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School today

Prince William and Kate arrive for a visit of Sybil Strachan Primary School at Nassau in the Bahamas this afternoon

Prince William and Kate arrive for a visit of Sybil Strachan Primary School at Nassau in the Bahamas this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge carries out a royal visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School at Nassau in the Bahamas today

The Duchess of Cambridge holds up her hand during a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duchess of Cambridge holds up her hand during a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles during for a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School at Nassau in the Bahamas today

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles during for a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School at Nassau in the Bahamas today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pose with children during a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pose with children during a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The couple also paid tribute to key workers who had battled through the pandemic and shared their methods for coping with trauma.

Kate spoke to medial staff from the Princess Margaret Hospital about the relationship between physical and mental fitness, after successive lockdowns in the UK due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Dr Thomas Smith told the Duchess how community services had been rocked by the pressures of the pandemic and his worries for people’s mental health.

He said: ‘We are seeing a bigger need for those types of services, especially in a community setting. It’s been tough mentally on many people.

‘Our services really are from cradle to grave so we cater for everyone but it’s important to recognise a need for those community relations as well.’

Kate said: ‘That’s so right. We have to look after our mental fitness as well as the physical side. I think people recognise that more and more.

‘This is the perfect opportunity to have that conversation – and early intervention is really important too.’

William on the other side of a line up of community groups from The Bahamas in the Garden of Remembrance, behind the Parliament Building.

The duke spoke members of the Bahamas Red Cross who had battled the effects of the devastating Hurricane Dorian in 2019 and then were deployed to deal with covid bases.

He said: ‘You guys have had it pretty full on. Two such seismic events but now an opportunity to rebuild for the future.

‘And I suppose that’s where you guys come in again with your expertise.’

Listening the mood he said:

‘We don’t want any more disasters for you, let’s hope The Bahamas Red Cross has a boring few years!’

Christine Lightburn from the BRC said of William: ‘He gets it. He really does. You can tell. He knows the pressures of the job and our roles.

‘Nothing could prepare us for when Dorian came but by god’s grace we had others to come to help us.

‘Prince William recognised that need for collaboration.’

William relayed some of personal experiences with the team from MEMS – the emergency medical services – telling them of his memoirs of working as an aura ambulance pilot.

He said: ‘Catherine and I have been doing out best to raise awareness about mental fitness. It’s okay to say if you’re not feeling great.

‘When I was in the air ambulance there were plenty of times where I had an experience where I would come back at the end of the day and not be able to explain why I was feeling what I was feeling.

‘I think it’s important to recognise this and realise it’s not normal. And it’s important to recognise you should access any help you can if it’s out there.’

Kate, 40, also spoke to youngsters from the Governor General Youth Award, a programme for young people between 12 and 18 similar to the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

She said: ‘I remember it being such fun.

‘We would go off for what seemed like days.

‘Tell me what were the good bits?

‘I remember going in the holidays which was less distracting when all your friends were there.’ 

Today’s engagements come a day after William and Kate were told the world will likely never again see a reign as long as the Queen’s 70 years as they began the final leg of their eventful Caribbean tour. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive at Sybil Strachan Primary School at Nassau in the Bahamas this afternoon

Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive at Sybil Strachan Primary School at Nassau in the Bahamas this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge visits the school in the Bahamas today during the tour on behalf of the Queen

The Duchess of Cambridge visits the school in the Bahamas today during the tour on behalf of the Queen

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown a painting of the Queen at Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown a painting of the Queen at Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau following their visit today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau following their visit today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau in the Bahamas today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau in the Bahamas today

The Duchess of Cambridge holds a bouquet of flowers during a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duchess of Cambridge holds a bouquet of flowers during a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duke of Cambridge arrives in heavy rain as he visits Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau in the Bahamas today

The Duke of Cambridge arrives in heavy rain as he visits Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau in the Bahamas today

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles in the heavy rain under an umbrella for a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School today

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles in the heavy rain under an umbrella for a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School today

The Duchess of Cambridge visits the school in the Bahamas today during the tour on behalf of the Queen

The Duchess of Cambridge visits the school in the Bahamas today during the tour on behalf of the Queen

The Duke of Cambridge arrives in heavy rain as he visits Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau in the Bahamas today

The Duke of Cambridge arrives in heavy rain as he visits Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau in the Bahamas today

The Duchess of Cambridge holds an umbrella in the rain in the Bahamas today during the tour of the Caribbean

The Duchess of Cambridge holds an umbrella in the rain in the Bahamas today during the tour of the Caribbean

The Duchess of Cambridge wears a face mask during for a visit of Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duchess of Cambridge wears a face mask during for a visit of Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown a painting of the Queen at Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown a painting of the Queen at Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

Prince William watches as the Duchess speaks on stage during a visit of Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

Prince William watches as the Duchess speaks on stage during a visit of Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles in the heavy rain under an umbrella for a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School today

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles in the heavy rain under an umbrella for a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School today

The Cambridges arrived in the Bahamas from Jamaica, where they were greeted by ecstatic crowds in Bob Marley’s former Kingston neighbourhood and faced strong criticism from campaigners seeking reparations from the monarchy for its role in the slave trade.

The Bahamas National Reparations Committee (BNRC) has voiced its concerns about the royal visit, issuing a strongly worded document a few days ago.

The organisation claimed the monarchy ‘looted and pillaged our land and our people for centuries, leaving us struggling with under development, left to pick up the pieces.’

William and Kate’s final event in the birthplace of Reggae music was being guests of honour at a passing out parade for new officers in Kingston, which was a throwback to royal tours of the 1950s with the couple standing in the back of a Land Rover as they were driven from the parade ground. 

Philip Davis, prime minister of the Bahamas, welcomed the couple to his nation on Thursday and told them: ‘And our best wishes are sent to the Queen, and congratulations on her Platinum Jubilee.

‘I do not think we will see the same again’, to which William nodded.

Mr Davis also told the future king, who travelled to Belize with his wife during their tour: ‘We have been looking forward to your arrival. It’s long overdue. We are delighted you are here.’

The duke replied: ‘Yes very much, excited to be here.’

The Caribbean nation is overshadowed by its giant neighbour America but its beautiful beaches and mild climate are a big draw for tourists, while its offshore financial services industry is also a major revenue generator. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in the rain for a visit of Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in the rain for a visit of Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pictured during a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pictured during a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for a visit of Sybil Strachan Primary School at Nassau in the Bahamas today

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for a visit of Sybil Strachan Primary School at Nassau in the Bahamas today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join a morning assembly at Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join a morning assembly at Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown a painting of the Queen at Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown a painting of the Queen at Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles in the heavy rain under an umbrella for a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School today

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles in the heavy rain under an umbrella for a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School today

The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School at Nassau in the Bahamas today

The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School at Nassau in the Bahamas today

Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive at Sybil Strachan Primary School at Nassau in the Bahamas this afternoon

Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive at Sybil Strachan Primary School at Nassau in the Bahamas this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives in the rain for a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives in the rain for a visit to Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

The archipelago of 700 islands and islets was the first stop in the western hemisphere for the famous explorer Christopher Columbus in 1492. 

Centuries later the now prosperous islands became independent from Britain in 1973. 

But like many parts of the globe, resentment against colonialism and its legacy has been growing amid the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement, and in Belize the venue for a royal visit was hastily re-arranged after anti-royal sentiment and protests in a village.

The duke addressed the issue of slavery during a speech in Jamaica denouncing it as ‘abhorrent’ and saying ‘it should never have happened’.

William also expressed his ‘profound sorrow’ at the forced transportation of millions of people from Africa to the Caribbean and North America – a trade which British monarchs either supported or profited from during the 17th and 18th centuries. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are due to meet people in the Bahamas today despite the heavy rai

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are due to meet people in the Bahamas today despite the heavy rai

Security guards ride motorcycles in the rain ahead of the visit by Prince William and Kate to the school in Nassau today

Security guards ride motorcycles in the rain ahead of the visit by Prince William and Kate to the school in Nassau today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are due to meet people in the Bahamas today despite the heavy rain

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are due to meet people in the Bahamas today despite the heavy rain 

A car driving the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrives in the pouring rain at Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

A car driving the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrives in the pouring rain at Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau today

People run to get out of the rain ahead of the visit of Prince William and Kate to the school at Nassau in the Bahamas today

People run to get out of the rain ahead of the visit of Prince William and Kate to the school at Nassau in the Bahamas today

Officials shelter from the rain while waiting for Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge to arrive in Nassau today

Officials shelter from the rain while waiting for Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge to arrive in Nassau today

Speaking during his visit to Jamaica with Kate, he echoed the words of his father the Prince of Wales and described the slave trade as an ‘appalling atrocity’ that ‘stains our history’ and he went on to acknowledge Jamaica’s ‘pain’.

The future king did not say sorry, just as his father Charles had not apologised during his trip to witness Barbados become a republic in November. 

Meanwhile royal experts said today that William and Kate’s tour is expected to spark an inquest when they return to Britain after becoming victims of series of ‘avoidable’ PR errors by rusty aides and republican politicians hijacking the couple’s visit to push harder to remove the Queen as head of state.

William and Kate were greeted as rock stars in Belize, Jamaica and now the Bahamas – with cheering crowds chanting ‘we love you’ – but they have also faced challenges in three nations with burgeoning campaigns for complete independence from the UK and demands for slave trade reparations.

Musicians and dancers perform as they wait for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess at Parliament Square in Nassau today

Musicians and dancers perform as they wait for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess at Parliament Square in Nassau today

People wait for the arrival of Prince William and Kate Middleton in Nassau today on the seventh day of their tour

People wait for the arrival of Prince William and Kate Middleton in Nassau today on the seventh day of their tour

A senior British diplomat supporting the Cambridges complained to the BBC today that criticisms of the tour had been ‘really unfair’ – but others claimed the royal couple and Britain had been ‘humiliated’ at times because of poor planning.

Others insisted William and Kate will have ‘expected dissent’ because ‘times have changed’, especially because of the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, meaning the tour had gone well.

But there have been several missteps, including pictures of the couple shaking hands with black children through a wire fence in Trench Town, Jamaica. Yesterday the couple were accused of taking part in ‘colonial-style’ photo opportunity by riding around in a 1953 Land Rover inspecting troops, with William wearing military uniform.

And the future king was accused of being ‘tone deaf’ and not showing the ‘courage’ to apologise for the slave trade in a landmark speech. The opening event in Belize had to be postponed because of protests.

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