Kate Middleton got a warm welcome from the Governor General's wife

Kate Middleton got a very warm welcome from the Governor General’s wife Lady Patricia Allen in Jamaica despite her husband announcing a new ministry to ‘oversee’ the transition to a republic

  • Kate Middleton, 40, joined her husband for a reception in Kingston, Jamaica
  • She was greeted by the Governor General’s wife Lady Patrick Allen  last night 
  • Pictures show the pair walking side-by-side, with Patricia smiling and greeting the Duchess, as well as sitting next to one another at dinner 

Kate Middleton was greeted with a warm welcome by the Governor General’s wife in Jamaica last night despite her husband indicating Jamaica will abolish the monarchy.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 40, joined her husband Prince William, 39,  for a reception in Kingston last night, where she was greeted by Lady Patricia Allen, the wife of Jamaica’s Governor General Patrick Allen.  

Pictures show the pair walking side-by-side, with Patricia smiling and greeting the Duchess, as well as sitting next to one another at dinner. 

Lady Patricia, who sported a floor-length lace and tulle blue gown,  looked delighted to join the royal couple throughout the evening.

Kate Middleton was greeted with a warm welcome by the Governor General’s wife in Jamaica last night despite her husband indicating Jamaica will abolish the monarchy

The Duchess of Cambridge, 40, joined her husband Prince William, 39, for a reception in Kingston last night, where she was greeted by Lady Patricia Allen, the wife of Jamaica’s Governor General Patrick Allen (pictured together)

However, Sir Patrick Allen, the Queen’s representative on the Caribbean island, has said a new ministry will oversee the process  of removing the monarchy, according to local reports in Jamaica.

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness has warned the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge that his nation is ‘moving on’ and intends to ditch the monarchy during a tense meeting as part of the royal’s tour of the Caribbean.

He told the couple Jamaica intends to fulfil its destiny ‘as an independent, developed, prosperous country’. 

In an exchange that was caught on camera, Mr Holness then told the royal couple that whilst Jamaicans were ‘very very happy’ to welcome them, ‘there are issues here which are as you would know unresolved.’ 

Pictures show the pair walking side-by-side, with Patricia smiling and greeting the Duchess, as well as sitting next to one another at dinner.

Lady Patricia looked delighted to meet with the royal couple, pictured last night in Jamaica

He added that his nation is ‘moving on’ and has ‘true ambitions’ to become an ‘independent, developed, prosperous country’.

His comments followed his statement last year that there was ‘no question’ his country would become a republic. Politicians are pushing for the move to take place within two years and they hope a referendum will take place before the end of 2022.

In February, Sir Patrick gave an annual Throne Speech to Jamaican parliament  where he noted the Government’s creation of a Ministry of Legal and Constitutional Affairs, to  comprehensively revisit the country’s laws and constitutional infrastructure.

Lady Patricia, who sported a floor-length lace and tulle blue gown, looked delighted to join the royal couple throughout the evening.

Sir Patrick Allen, the Queen’s representative on the Caribbean island, has said a new ministry will oversee the process of removing the monarchy, according to local reports in Jamaica. Lady Patricia is pictured with Kate last night

Sir Patrick was joined by his wife Lady Patricia when he was knighted in 2009 by the Queen at Buckingham Palace

During the dinner,  The Duke of Cambridge tackled Britain’s historic role in the slave trade, describing it as ‘abhorrent’ and a ‘stain on our history’ in a keynote speech alongside his wife.

On the fifth day of their tour of the Caribbean, the future king expressed his disgust at the ‘appalling atrocity’ that has left such a heavy legacy in Jamaica and expressed his ‘profound sorrow’ that it had ever happened to Jamaican dignitaries.

He spoke out on a tricky tour for the royals, where the Cambridges were greeted like rock stars by the public but politicians  used meetings to make clear in public they will push for the island to be a republic with a referendum this year. 

During the dinner, The Duke of Cambridge tackled Britain’s historic role in the slave trade, describing it as ‘abhorrent’ and a ‘stain on our history’ in a keynote speech alongside his wife. Kate and Patricia are pictured

In a landmark speech William also referred to his father’s previous condemnation of slavery – but stopped short of apologising for the Royal Family’s part in the trade. Kate is pictured with Sir Patrick and Lady Patricia last night

There was also a protest outside the British High Commission by republicans also demanding slavery reparations from Britain and the royals.

 In a landmark speech William also referred to his father’s previous condemnation of slavery – but stopped short of apologising for the Royal Family’s part in the trade.

The Duchess of Cambridge dazzled in diamonds for the state dinner and wore an off the shoulder green dress by British designer Jenny Packham paired with earrings and a bracelet that were borrowed from Her Majesty the Queen’s Emerald Tassel Parure. She also sported her Royal Family Order and the GCVO Star.

Prince William was suave in black tie as they arrived at dinner thrown in their honour by the Governor General at King’s House, his Kingston residence – the most glamorous event of their so far five-day Caribbean tour.

The couple also re-enacted the historical moment the Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh walked down the grand central steps inside the house when they first visited Jamaica in 1953.

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