WATCH | Prince William and Kate Middleton kick off their Caribbean tour dancing in Belize

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The Duke of Cambridge and  Duchess of Cambridge visit Hopkins in Belize.
The Duke of Cambridge and Duchess of Cambridge visit Hopkins in Belize.
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  • On Sunday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge kicked off their Caribbean tour in Belize.
  • The royal couple visited a local cacao producer, spent time with the Garifuna culture and learned more about Belize's marine conservation efforts.
  • Prince William and Kate will travel to Jamaica and the Bahamas later in the week as they continue their visit to the Caribbean.


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have landed in Belize.

The royal couple kicked off their Caribbean tour, on behalf of Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee year, in Belize on Sunday.

A rocky start

Things got off to a rocky start after one of their first engagements in the tropical country had to be cancelled. Villagers staged a protest about colonialism and the use of a football field by the royals for landing their helicopter ahead of the couple's arrival.

Per People, William, Kate and their staff were happy to continue with their planned visit to a sustainable farm in the foothills of the Maya Mountains and talk to the indigenous people at the heart of the dispute. Still, the local Belizian authorities advised against it.

Instead, they visited the family-run Che'il Mayan Cacao Farm and Chocolate Factory in Maya Centre Village, where they toured the farm and learned about the chocolate-making process.

Shaking it off in Belize

The couple also paid a visit to the beach-front village of Hopkins. They joined in the festivities, dancing the local "punta" and sampling the Hudutu broth-style meal as they immersed themselves in Garifuna culture.

"They are an amazing couple. We would love them to come any time with their children Charlotte, George and Louis," local woman Laura Cacho, who helped host the visit, told People.

Cynthia Ellis-Topsy, ambassador at large for the Garifuna nation, says she also encouraged the couple to dance.

"I said, 'I'll hold your hand, and we will do it together.' He [Prince William] did dance, and it was beautiful. [Kate] was a bit nervous, and she certainly appreciated the children," she says.

"We need to change the mindset, and that's best through the children."

For the final engagement of their first day in Belize, the couple met conservation specialists to hear about marine protection and the incredible restoration efforts being taken to preserve the area's precious barrier reef.

Prince William and Kate will travel to Jamaica and the Bahamas later in the week as they continue their visit to the Caribbean.

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