Meeting as many locals as possible, as well as frontline workers, will form part of the itinerary of the visit of their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who will pay an Official Visit to Jamaica from March 22 to 24.
The visit of William and Kate forms part of celebrations marking the 70th Anniversary [Platinum Jubilee] of the Coronation of Her Majesty The Queen, which will also see them making stops in Belize and The Bahamas over a one-week period, from March 19 to 26.
Their arrival in Jamaica will also coincide with activities commemorating the 60th anniversary of the country’s independence.
A communiqué from Kensington Palace indicates that the couple’s itinerary includes courtesy calls on Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen; Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his wife Juliet Holness; Chief of Defence Staff, Rear Admiral Antonette Wemyss-Gorman; a State Dinner at King’s House, and visits to Shortwood Teachers’ College in St Andrew, the Spanish Town Hospital in St. Catherine, and the Caribbean Infantry Training Centre in St. James.
There will also be engagements with the Jamaica Defence Force and and activities celebrating the seminal legacy of reggae icon, Bob Marley, current groundbreaking musicians and fledgling artistes.
The communiqué states 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 indicates that Their Royal Highnesses will take the opportunity throughout the visit to commemorate Her Majesty’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 communiqué further outlines.
As with previous overseas visits, The Duke and Duchess have requested that the upcoming tour allows them to meet as many local people as possible.
Over the course of their time in the Caribbean, they will meet a wide variety of groups, including children, young people and families, front-line workers, and service personnel, in addition to leaders from business and the charity sectors 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 communiqué stated.