Prince William and wife to make courtesy call on PM, wife | Loop Jamaica

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Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Kate, are to make courtesy calls on Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his wife, Juliet, during the royals’ three-day visit to Jamaica, which begins on Tuesday, March 22.

The visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge forms part of celebrations marking the 70th Anniversary (Platinum Jubilee) of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth 11, which will also see them making stops in Belize and The Bahamas over a one-week period from March 19 to 26.

The royal couple’s stay in Jamaica from March 22 to March 24 is to also coincide with activities commemorating Jamaica’s 60th Independence from Britain.

A communique from Kensington Palace, published by the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) on Saturday, indicated that the couple’s itinerary includes courtesy calls on Governor-General, Sir Patrick Allen, who is the head of state representing the Queen in Jamaica.

Holness, who was speaking during the 2022-2023 Budget Debate in Parliament on Thursday, indicated that there is to be a referendum on the issue of Jamaica’s constitutional reform for it to become a republic.

He shared as well, that it was agreed during the recent Vale Royal talks between the Government and Opposition, that there should be a collaborative approach on the matter.

The British media have largely reported that the trip by the royal couple is to shore up support for the monarchy in the Caribbean, especially in Jamaica, where talks of becoming a republic have gathered momentum since Barbados took that route in November.

Aside from that those areas of focus, Kensington Palace reported that the royal couple will make a courtesy call on Holness and his wife.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Similar engagements are also to be made with Chief of Defence Staff, Rear Admiral Antonette Wemyss-Gorman.

Prince William and his wife are also to make an appearance at a state dinner at Kings House, and they are to visit Shortwood Teachers’ College in Kingston, the Spanish Town Hospital in St Catherine, and the Caribbean Infantry Training Centre in St James.

There are also be engagements with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), and activities celebrating the seminal legacy of reggae music icon, Bob Marley, current ground-breaking musicians and fledgling artistes.

The communique stated that the response to COVID-19 will also feature on the duke and duchess’ itinerary, noting that they are “keen to understand more about the impact that the pandemic has had across the Caribbean”, and how communities have pulled together to respond to the challenges faced.

The document indicated that the royal couple will take the opportunity throughout the visit, to commemorate the queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The queen has visited Jamaica on six occasions, the last being in 2002 to mark her Golden Jubilee.

“Their programme will also touch on (several) themes that are close to Their Royal Highnesses’ hearts, (with) a key focus (on) their work with The Royal Foundation, including The Earthshot Prize, mental health and the importance of early childhood to lifelong outcomes,” the communique further outlined.

As with previous overseas visits, the duke and duchess have requested that the coming tour schedule allows them to meet as many local people as possible.

Over the course of their time in the Caribbean, they are to meet a wide array of groups, including children, young people and families, front-line workers and service personnel, in addition to leaders from business and the charity sector, as well as inspiring conservationists.

“Their Royal Highnesses are very much looking forward to the visit, which will be their first joint official overseas tour since the onset of COVID-19 in 2020,” the communique stated.