The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been warmly received by crowds in Jamaica amid calls from the country’s politicians to abandon the monarchy.
William and Kate were greeted with cries of “we love you”.
They spoke to teacher trainees at a college in Kingston and sat with an admiring group of four-year-olds, including birthday girl Natalia Young, who wore a rosette and a plastic crown.
Child activist Kate, dressed in a white Alexander McQueen suit and orange blouse, said in her speech that she was “moved” by the reception.
And the 40-year-old told the trainees: “We are raising the children and adults they will become, the families they will create and the communities they will become a part of.
“Recognizing the extraordinary impact of early childhood and learning more about how children grow, think and behave, I truly believe we are on the cusp of one of the biggest opportunities for positive change in generations.”
Mum-of-three Kate, who has spoken out about wanting more children, also cooed over babies at a Spanish Town hospital and saw Covid vaccines being rolled out.
William, 39, told the medics: “Katherine and I just wanted to congratulate you on what you’ve been through the last few years. You are simply the best people, so well done.”
The royal couple also met with Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who told them that the country was “moving forward”.
After private talks, Justice Minister Marlene Malachou Forte said: “Every colonial nation has a time when it must reconsider its agreements.
“I don’t think any question should have taken the Royal Highnesses by surprise. They were warmly welcomed.”
Last night, Wills was expected to acknowledge the slave trade and Republican moves in a speech to VIPs.
There are allegations that Jamaica will file a legal bid to waive the Queen as head of state – six months after Caribbean neighbor Barbados did – once the royal visit is over.
The prince appeared in court as a football player
CONVERTED royal fans held out their hands to greet William and Kate after meeting football stars in Jamaica.
The Duke and Duchess beamed as they stopped to speak to the crowd.
William previously showed off his skills at Trench Town with England star Raheem Sterling, who was cleared by boss Gareth Southgate to fly to the Caribbean country.
Kate, wearing a bright Jamaican-inspired dress, met the Manchester City ace in the middle of the field.
The crowd cheered for Sterling and Jamaican Aston Villa player Leon Bailey.
They also shouted “we love you” to the members of the royal family.
Later, William and Kate bobsleighed at the Beijing Winter Olympics in Jamaica and met Chris Stokes, who was on the 1988 team that inspired The Cool Run.