William and Kate's Caribbean Tour Off to a Rocky Start After Villagers' Protest

In celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this year, members of her family have been dispatched on overseas tour to represent her. The first leg of these tours will be at the Caribbean with William and Kate.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will begin their Caribbean tour this week for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebration.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrival

Their first stop will be at Belize, a country on the eastern coast of northern Central America. 

Prime Minister of Belize and his wife welcomed William and Kate upon arrival

Formerly known as British Honduras, Belize was granted independence on September 21, 1981, and since then part of the Commonwealth realm of the United Kingdom with Queen Elizabeth II as its monarch and head of state.

However, the royal tour was off to a rocky start after villagers aired their protest on the planned visit which they viewed as "colonialism", forcing Kensington Palace to cancel the farm visit.

William and Kate planned to visit the Akte'iL Ha cacao farm, a model of sustainable farming, in the foothills of the Maya mountains in Belize.

But the village of Indian Creek has been in open conflict with Flora and Fauna International, a charity which owns an adjoining, contested property, where the Duke of Cambridge has been its patron since 2020.

Flora and Fauna International works to protect ecosystems worldwide, but the adjoining property they owned has been contested by the villagers as theirs and was grabbed by them during the colonial era.

The indigenous Q'eqchi Maya people say they were not consulted about William and Kate's visit. After holding a community meeting, they launched a protest towards a planned visit.

Sebastian Shol, chairman of Indian Creek village, said: 'We don't want them to land on our land, that's the message that we want to send. They could land anywhere but not on our land".

The last British royal to visit Belize was Prince Harry in 2012 on the occasion of the Queen's diamond jubilee.

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