Prince William is thinking His controversial Royal Caribbean tour Since the beginning of this year.
On Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the unveiling of the National Windrush Monument at Waterloo Station, where the Prince delivered a magnificent speech to the Caribbean community in the UK.
The ship Empire Windyrush, which brought hundreds of Caribbean immigrants to the UK in June 1948 to fill a labor shortage after World War II, was named Windyrush Day, People Magazine reported. According to Outlet, thousands of people settled in the UK under the name “The Windrush Generation” and helped rebuild cities and industries after the war until the early ’70s. In 2018, Windrush Day was officially recognized by the government as a day of celebration.
The outlet claims there was an opening ceremony between the Windrush scandal, in which hundreds of Caribbean immigrants were mistakenly targeted by immigration enforcement living and working in the UK. This monument was created to symbolize the courage and resilience of the British-Caribbean people.
The couple appeared months after embarking on a tour of the Caribbean in March. Not only did they face setbacks for their visit, but they also faced growing tensions in the countries William’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, was head of state.
In his speech at the inauguration, William described diversity as “very important to our country”.
“My family has been proud to celebrate this for decades – whether it’s with our father’s cooperation on WindyRush Day or recently on the occasion of our Grandmother’s Platinum Jubilee.
“This is something that resonated with Catherine and me after visiting the Caribbean earlier this year,” he continued. “Our trip is an opportunity to reflect, and we have learned a lot. Not only about the diverse issues that are most important to the people of this region, but also about how the past weighs in on the present.”
Previously, William spoke about the future rule of the Caribbean nations after his visit.
“I know this trip has brought more sharp focus questions about the past and the future,” Prince said at the time. “In Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas, people have to decide that future. Overseas travel is an opportunity to reflect. You learn a lot. What’s on the minds of prime ministers. The hopes and aspirations of school children. The daily challenges facing families and communities … We thoroughly enjoyed spending time with communities in all three countries. , We’re more aware of the issues that are most important to them. “
“Catherine and I are committed to service,” William continued. “For us, it’s not about telling people what to do. It’s about serving and supporting them in the way they think best by using our lucky platform. I do not care who he chooses to lead his family. What matters to us is the ability to create a better future for the Commonwealth family. The people who shape it and our commitment to serve and support us as best we can. “
The Royal Tour has been criticized as “tone-deaf” for perpetuating images of British colonial rule. Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holmes has spoken to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, saying his country should become a republic and remove the British emperor as its head of state.
The young kings visited three countries As representatives of the Queen, 96, recently celebrated 70 years on the throne. During those seven decades, she was the head of state of the United Kingdom and the 14 “kingdoms” that once ruled the colonies of the British Empire and are now independent.
Protesters hailed Britain’s role in turning millions of Africans into slaves and congratulated the royal couple, demanding compensation for the damage caused by slavery. In a speech in Jamaica, William expressed his “deepest sorrow” for slavery, but stopped short of apologizing.
In a speech Friday night in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, William noted the changing nature of relations between Britain and its former colonies.
“We are proud to support and respect your decisions about your future,” William said. “Relationships thrive, friendships continue.”
William said that whatever decision the former colonies make about their continued relationship with the crown, they want to continue to serve them through the Commonwealth, a 54-nation charity that has historic ties with Britain. The Queen is the head of the Commonwealth during her reign and William’s father Prince Charles is her appointed successor.
When the planned visit to a cocoa farm in Belize was canceled due to local opposition, the couple’s visit to Belize was also disrupted.
According to local reports, protests were held against the royal visit to the Akte ‘il ha Kaco farm in the Indian Creek village at the foot of the Maya Mountains. Belize News Outlet Channel 7 reported that there was a dispute between the villagers and Flora and Founa International, who supported William as a patron.
A representative from Kensington Palace “Due to sensitive issues with the community in Indian Creek, the visit was relocated,” Fox News told Digital.
In November, Charles, 73, denounced the “abomination of slavery” and Britain’s legacy of the slave trade when Barbados ousted his mother, the Queen.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.