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Royal fans were left swooning last night after Prince William and Kate Middleton showcased a rare moment of public affection during their Belize tour. The Duke, 39, and Duchess of Cambridge, 40, yesterday attended an evening reception in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at the Mayan ruins in Cahal Pech, Belize. [For more news from Kate and William’s royal tour, click here.]
As they left the event, the couple could be seen descending down a staircase of cobbled steps, with Prince William reaching up to help Kate in her silver Jimmy Choo heels as they walked side-by-side.
William carefully helped Kate as they made their way down the stairs while the Duchess held onto her flowing gown.
After reaching the bottom of the staircase, the Duke and Duchess continued holding hands for a brief moment.
Many of the couple’s followers went wild for the brief moment of public affection between the Duke and Duchess, with one writing: ‘He is such a gentleman!’
The couple were showing off their impeccable fashion taste for an evening reception hosted by the Governor General of Belize in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The event was held at the Mayan ruins at Cahal Pech near the town of San Ignacio in the Cayo District of Belize, and celebrated the very best of Belizean culture.
Kate was pictured wearing a shimmering $3,315 (£2,500) pink gown by British designer, The Vampire’s Wife, which she paired with silver heeled sandals and a Mayan embroidered clutch bag, whilst William donned a blue blazer and shirt with navy trousers.
The Duchess partnered the floor-length organza gown, named the Light Sleeper dress, with gold disc diamanté drop earrings and a natural make-up look.
The Vampire’s Wife, which was launched by former model Suzie Cave in 2014, is famed for pretty prairie dresses infused with a dose of gothic glam – and are loved by the royals including Kate, 40, who previously wore one of the label’s gowns in Dublin during a three-day tour of Ireland in March 2020.
During the reception, Prince William made a speech in front of the Mayan ruins and spoke out against the conflict in Ukraine saying ‘democracy was being tested’ and also referenced his grandmother’s speech to the Belize Parliament in 1994, where she said ‘democracy needed to be safeguarded’. He 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.’
William also told fellow guests that their son Prince George keeps up with his parents 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’.
The couple began the third day of their trip learning about the history of the ancient Mayan archaeological site of Caracol, located in the Chiquibul Forest, and took in the country’s tallest man-made structure – known as the ‘sky palace’. The 3,000-year-old temple, built by the Maya civilization, stood at the center of a city – home to an estimated 150,000 people and is believed to have been occupied as early as 1200 BC.
The royal couple climbed to the top of the palace, which is hidden deep in the jungle in western Belize, close to the Guatemala border, and were shown ancient Maya sculptures by the associate director of Belize’s Institute of Archaeology, Allan Moore.