Photos: Prince William and Kate Dazzle On Day Two of Jamaica Visit

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Photos: Prince William and Kate Dazzle On Day Two of Jamaica Visit

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a jam-packed schedule of activities
on the second day of their 
royal tour of Jamaica. Stepping out on Wednesday morning, the couple’s first
port of call was the Prime Minister’s office, where they had a brief meeting
with Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his wife Juliet, who is also an MP.

William and Kate arrived
in Jamaica
 on Tuesday, having
travelled from Belize, and were given a warm welcome by a line-up of
dignitaries at Norman Manley International Airport. Their stay in the country
so far has included a visit to Trench Town, the historic Kingston neighbourhood
that was home to Bob Marley and where he wrote No Woman No Cry, as well as
meeting some of Jamaica’s top sports stars.

The royals had an equally busy day ahead of them on Wednesday,
culminating in a dinner hosted by the Governor General of Jamaica. See the best
photos below…

Photos: Prince William and Kate Dazzle On Day Two of Jamaica Visit

William and Kate started their day with a visit to the Prime Minister’s
office in Jamaica House, Kingston. At 49, Mr. Holness is the country’s youngest
leader to date and vowed to turn Jamaica from a constitutional monarchy into a
republic during his election campaign. 

He also served as prime minster from October 2011 to January 2012,
having succeeded Bruce Golding, but lost to Portia Simpson-Miller in an early
election in December 2011.

He was elected to lead the country in 2016 and on taking office, said
his government would introduce a bill to replace the Queen with “a
non-executive president as head of state”.

In 2020, the Labour Party won a landslide in another general election,
giving him another term as prime minister, but a timeline for a referendum,
required by law to make the change, has not yet been given.

Amendments to the Constitution of Jamaica must be approved by a
two-thirds majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, but
certain sections, including any relating to the monarchy, can only be amended
with a referendum.

Photos: Prince William and Kate Dazzle On Day Two of Jamaica Visit

In the lobby, William and Kate were also introduced to Senator Kamina
Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Robert Morgan, Minister without
Portfolio, Floyd Green, Minister without Portfolio, Office of the Prime
Minister and Audrey Sewell, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister. 

After signing the visitors’ book in the lobby, William and Kate were
taken inside for a private meeting with Mr. Holness, where they were presented
with an official gift of Appleton Estate Ruby rum, created by the first female
master blender in the world Dr Joy Spence – a blend of hand-selected rums aged
between 35 and 45 years.

Photos: Prince William and Kate Dazzle On Day Two of Jamaica Visit

Speaking to the couple, Andrew said: “We are very, very happy to
have you and I hope you will have seen the warm welcome of the people.

“Jamaica is a very free and liberal country and the people are very
expressive and I’m certain that you will have seen the spectrum of expression
yesterday.

“There are issues here which are, as you would know, unresolved,
but your presence gives an opportunity for these issues to be placed in context,
put front and centre and to be addressed as best we can.

“But Jamaica is, as you can see, a country that is very proud of
its history, very proud of what we have achieved and we are moving on and we
intend to attain, in short order, our developing goals and to fulfil our true
ambitions… as an independent, developed, prosperous country.”

Photos: Prince William and Kate Dazzle On Day Two of Jamaica Visit

The royals were then whisked off to Shortwood Teacher’s College in
Kingston. Kate is passionate about the Early Years and children’s development
and was no doubt looking forward to this particular engagement.

The College is a recognized exemplar in its field, conducting research
in early childhood education and care while also offering professional
development programmes to the early childhood sector.

Photos: Prince William and Kate Dazzle On Day Two of Jamaica Visit

The Duchess hailed the work of teachers, who she said played a
“crucial” role in shaping societies by nurturing the people
children will become.

In a speech she said she “truly” believed that by recognizing
the “extraordinary impact” of early childhood, “we are on
the cusp of one of the biggest opportunities for positive change in
generations.”

She added that teachers were “at the front line” of
such work.

 

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