William in The Bahamas: ‘We support & respect your decisions about your future’

William in The Bahamas: ‘We support & respect your decisions about your future’

Rounding out Day 7 of the Caribbean Farewell Tour, yesterday March 25, Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge took part in a sailing regatta before attending a reception hosted by the Governor-General of The Bahamas. This is the second post for Day 7, you can view the post on the day events here.

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I’m going to go from back to front for this post, covering the reception first. The reception was held at the Baha Mar Resort in Nassau, and was hosted by the Governor-General to The Bahamas, Cornelius A. Smith.

William gave a speech – his third of the tour – at the evening reception. Below is some coverage from People, and I’ve included a video below (his speech begins at 0:50).

“With Jamaica celebrating 60 years of independence this year, and Belize celebrating 40 years of independence last year, I want to say this: We support with pride and respect your decisions about your future,” he said. “Relationships evolve. Friendship endures.” […]

William also used his speech to share childhood memories of his time in the Bahamas with mom Princess Diana, as well as other family reminiscences.

“I came here with my mother as a child,” he said. “Snorkeling around the James Bond wrecks off Nassau left me with the most vivid memory of your beautiful blue waters. For a young boy, obsessed with 007, it was the best holiday ever.”

He noted that his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, 95 — who celebrates her Platinum Jubilee marking 70 years on the throne this year — “has fond memories of her many visits here to The Bahamas,” adding, “From speaking to people today, including lots of excited school children across the family islands this morning, it is touching to see your deep admiration for The Queen and her seventy years of dedicated service to the Commonwealth.”

He also spoke poignantly about his grandfather, Prince Philip, who died last April at age 99.

“I know as well that my grandfather, The Duke of Edinburgh, had a soft spot for The Bahamas,” he said. “Catherine and I were thinking about him today as we celebrated the return of sloop sailing here by racing off Montagu Beach. He would have been in his element!”

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For the reception, Kate wore a new gown by Phillipa Lepley from their bespoke eveningwear line: the Vienna Crossover in a pale blue colorway. It’s very beautiful. It would have been more beautiful with diamonds, but alas, Kate opted for her Van Cleef and Arpels Magic Alhambra necklace and earrings she debuted at the 2020 BAFTAs.

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Also in attendance were the Prime Minister and his wife, Ann-Marie Davis. This is the best photo I could find of her on Getty but she looked fantastic in a blue strapless gown and matching gloves.

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Both William and Kate met Miss Bahamas, Sienna Evans. Again, this was the best photo I could find of her, but she also looked wonderful.

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A few more photos from the reception:

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Earlier in the afternoon, William and Kate were at Montagu Beach for the Platinum Jubilee Sailing Regatta. This was one of the first sailing regattas in The Bahamas since the start of the pandemic.

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I don’t have much to say about this one. William won. Kate lost. It started raining during the race. That’s about it. I’m sure these types of events are fun for them and they promote tourism and such, but covering them is boring to me. #NotSorry.

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Here is a video with footage from the sailing event.

I’ll end with more photos from this event.

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