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On February 6, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms, and the Commonwealth (royal.uk). As part of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee celebration, on March 19-26, 2022, Prince William and Kate Middleton will visit the Realms of Belize, Jamaica, and The Bahamas (thenews.com). Throughout their visit, The Duke and Duchess will take the opportunity to commemorate Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee (thenews.com).
The Royal tour will begin in Belize, where the Duke and Duchess will visit historic Mayan sites, celebrate the rich culture of the Garifuna community, and explore the country's biodiversity (thenews.com).
They will then travel to Jamaica, where they will visit with the Jamaican Defence Force and celebrate the influential legacy of Bob Marley and other ground-breaking Jamaican musicians alongside some of tomorrow's stars (thenews.com).
The Royals will conclude their tour in The Bahamas, where they will spend time with communities across several islands and experience a world-famous junkanoo parade--a street parade with music, dance, and costumes of mixed African origin (en.wikipedia.org)
Their Royal Highnesses will also explore the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Caribbean as 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 they have faced" (thenews.com).
Their program will also touch on a number of themes close to Queen's hearts that are a central focus of their work with The Royal Foundation, including The Earthshot Prize, mental health, and the importance of early childhood to lifelong outcomes (thenews.com).
In an effort to communicate with as many local people as possible throughout their stay in the Caribbean, the Duke and Duchess will meet with a wide variety of groups, including children and youth, young adults, families, frontline workers, service personnel, and government and business leaders (thenews.com). They will also meet with the charity sector as well as with conservationists (thenews.com).