Up close and personal with sharks
William and Kate posted video of the dive
Prince William and Duchess Kate visit the former British colonies. Not everywhere they are welcomed with open arms, with protests taking place in Jamaica and Belize. Nothing like it can be seen on the royal couple’s Instagram account, but the two share impressive underwater shots.
On their Caribbean trip, British Prince William and his wife Duchess Kate went for a dive on a coral reef in Belize – and also encountered sharks. The protection of marine life in the Central American country is among the best in the world, William said on Tuesday in a video posted to the couple’s social media account.
It shows two diving simultaneously on the Belize Barrier Reef in the Caribbean Sea on Sunday – the world’s second largest reef system after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. There were fish swimming around them, including at least one shark. William and Kate are traveling on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, who celebrates her 70th anniversary this year.
On Tuesday they landed in Jamaica, the second leg of an eight-day tour of their three former colonies, which ends next Saturday in the Bahamas. A demonstration took place on Tuesday in front of the British Embassy in Jamaica’s capital Kingston, during which 350 people, according to organisers, demanded an apology and compensation from the royal family for slavery and other acts of slavery during the colonial period.
The first stop in Belize was overshadowed by protests over the royal visit. Due to “sensitive community issues at Indian Creek”, the couple visited a chocolate factory instead of a cocoa plantation, as was intended. According to media reports, residents of the originally selected village of Indian Creek had demonstrated against the visit due to a land dispute between them and the conservation organization involved in the farm, which was sponsored by William.
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