The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge concluded the first leg of the Caribbean tour with a reception at the ancient Mayan site – Cahal Pech. After spending the day in the Chiquibul hills and Forest in Western Belize, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were hosted by the Belizean Governor-General, Froyla Tzalam, at the Cahal Pech Maya Ruins in San Ignacio Belize.
It was the first evening event of the tour. The reception marked Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne. In attendance were the Belizean Prime Minister, Local celebrities, and community leaders.
Cahal Pech means “place of ticks” in modern-day Maya and refers to the fact that the surrounding area was once used as pasture land. However, this was the royal acropolis-palace of an elite Mayan ruling family who lived here during the Classic period. Cahal Pech was settled around 1000 BC and abandoned by 800 AD. The ancient Maya site rests high above the banks of the Macal River and is a collection of 34 structures, with the tallest temple being about 25 meters in height, situated around a central acropolis.
Today it has seven plazas and over 30 structures including temples, residential buildings, ball courts, an altar, and a sweat house, all situated on just 2 acres. A royal burial chamber was found in one of the structures. Inside the tomb, a ruler had been laid to rest with the accoutrements necessary for the afterlife. Included in the find were shell & bone ornaments, pottery vessels, obsidian blades, and jade objects, the most impressive being a jade & shell mosaic mask. One of the temples in this small complex commands the best view of the surrounding Belize River Valley.
Prince William gave a speech at the reception in which he resolidify his and the royal family’s support to the people of Ukraine who are suffering through a Russian invasion. Thank their host country, The Duke of Cambridge said, “Belize has joined many others in condemning the invasion and standing up for the principles of international law, peace, and security. we think of those struggling in Ukraine and we stand with them in solidarity. Catherine and I have been deeply touched by the warm welcome Belizeans have given us. We hope to return again soon and to show our children this wonderful country. They are rather jealous that they are not with us now!“
The Duke also referenced to his Grandmother, The Queen of Belize’s speech that she gave in 1994 at the same location, “I am proud to associate myself with your determination that social justice and personal freedom should flourish under the rule of law.“
From Daily Mail’s report, William also told fellow guests that their son Prince George keeps up with his parent’s international trips by sticking pins in a map. He told guests: ‘We let them know where we are and he finds us on the map and puts a pin in it and shares with the others’
Catherine wore a customized version of The Vampire’s Wife Light Sleeper Maxi Dress. Thanks to @Solidmoonlight for the exact id. The dress was described as “It’s cut from ‘Ruby’ wool-blend lamé that twinkles prettily in the light, the ‘Light Sleeper’ dress has a lightly accentuated waist, petal-like flutter sleeves and a flared, street-sweeping hemline that creates graceful movement when worn”.
The Duchess paired the gown with her O’Nitta London Gold Plated earrings
Tomorrow, The Royal couple will leave for Jamaica where they will stay from 22nd to 24th March and will be engaging with the Jamaican Defence force and celebrating the seminal Legacy of Bob Marley and other groundbreaking Jamaican musicians alongside some of tomorrow’s stars. William and Catherine will also visit Shortwood Teachers College where they will highlight the country’s work in the early years sector.