Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge received a warm welcome from Bahamian dignitaries when they stepped off their private plane in Nassau.
The Royal couple greeted nurses and doctors who were on the frontlines of the response to the pandemic. Kate heard about their experiences on the frontlines and thanked them for their incredible work in helping to keep local communities safe.
Kate stared in wonderment at Bahamian girls who wear their own natural hair. The girls wore t-shirts emblazoned with the hashtag #WorldReady, the international award that inspires young people around the world to develop their imaginations and overcome challenges.
Afterwards Kate and Prince William met with members of the public and watched a Junkanoo parade in the pouring rain.
Junkanoo is a Bahamian national festival that features a kaleidoscope of colourful costumes and sounds – including cowbells, goat skin drums, whistles and brass instruments.
Excited Bahamians brought their children and even pooches to greet Kate and Prince William.
Kate received many gifts during her visit, including this colourful hat presented by an adorable Bahamian girl.
Only one protester stood out among the crowd of merrymakers at Junkanoo in the Bahamas. The masked woman held up a sign demanding “reparations”, “indigenous capacity”, and “fair trade” for Bahamians.
It was a different scene from the angry crowd of protesters who greeted the royal couple in Jamaica. Some Jamaican protesters wore shackles and held up signs demanding reparations. While others wore t-shirts with the words “Seh Yuh Sorry!” and “Apologize now!”
The Bahamas and Jamaica are considering removing Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State like Barbados did in November.
The Queen sent Kate and William to the Caribbean in the hopes of discouraging some countries from cutting ties with her.