William’s tribute to Queen as he and Kate echo grandparents 68 years on in Land Rover

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Prince William and Kate Middleton attended their last engagement on the Jamaican leg of their Caribbean tour by visiting a passing out parade of the Jamaican Defense Force

William and Kate ride in a Land Rover that once carried the Queen and Prince Philip when they visited Jamaica in 1953
William and Kate ride in a Land Rover that once carried the Queen and Prince Philip when they visited Jamaica in 1953

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge echoed the Queen and Prince Philip as they attended their final engagement in Jamaica today on day six of their Caribbean tour.

The couple were at a passing out parade of the Jamaican Defense Force, where Prince William inspected service personnel from across the Caribbean who have recently completed the Caribbean Military Academy’s Officer Training Programme.

Kate looked elegant in a white lace McQueen dress with matching white heels and a hat by milliner Philip Treacy as she sat in the stands with dignitaries to watch the parade.

William, who inspected the officers before joining Kate in the stands, wore the topical dress of the Blues and Royals for the event.







The engagement was the couple’s final one in Jamaica
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When the event was over, they traveled away in the same open-top Land Rover that transported William’s grandparents in Jamaica in 1953 when they were greeted by thousands of cheering schoolchildren.

William also gave a speech at the event, where he talked about “good leadership” and paid a direct tribute to the Queen.

He said: “As Catherine and I visit Jamaica in celebration of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, I thought I might quote my grandmother on the subject.

“In an address to the United Nations General Assembly in 2010, she said: ‘I know of no single formula for success, but over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal, and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration, to work together.’







William and Kate attended the inaugural commissioning parade for service personnel from across Jamaica, who have completed the Officer Training Program
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“I think that’s a very good model to follow.”

Later this afternoon William and Kate will fly on to the Bahamas, where they will stay until Saturday evening.

Last night, they attended a glittering state dinner at the house of Jamaica’s Governor General in Kingston, where Kate dazzled in a green Jenny Packham gown and jewelery on loan from the Queen.

She paired the dress with her Royal Family Order and GVCO Star – although there was no tiara. She also wore her hair in a chic updo.







Kate looked radiant in a dress by McQueen and a hat by Philip Treacy
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William and Kate are due to leave Jamaica later today
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William, who gave a speech expressing his “profound sorrow” over the stain of slavery on Britain, also looked suave in black tie.

During his speech, William said he “strongly agreed” with his father Prince Charles’s previous declaration that Britain is forever stained by its role in the global slave trade.

He said: “Slavery was abhorrent. And it should never have happened.”







William wore the topical dress of the Blues and Royals
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As they arrived and were greeted by the Governor General Patrick Allen, William told them they had a “brilliant day” in Jamaica.

Kate added that she also had a “fantastic day” and said “thank you for having us back again”.

The couple also walked down a set of stairs in the Governor General’s house that the Queen and Prince Philip walked down in when they visited Jamaica in 1953 – recreating that moment.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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