The Jubilee Tour continued today, with Prince William and Kate taking part in multiple events in Honiara, the capitol of the Solomon Islands.
This morning William and Kate paid a call on the Prime Minister and members of the Cabinet. While there they were presented with traditional necklaces, CNN’s Max Foster shared a picture of the duo wearing their official gifts from the Prime Minister.
Max also tweeted a picture of the necklace given to Kate, the intricate beading work spells out “Princess Kate SIG 2012,” Max noted that “official titles aren’t everything”.
William and Kate then spent time at a cultural village in Honiara, Edwina Bartholomew of 7News Sydney posted this photo, showing Kate and William meeting residents and learning more about the community.
Kate and William were familiarized with the nine provinces that make up the Solomon Islands, it is a country where 85+ languages are spoken and poverty rates are very high.
Rebecca English shared this photo as the Duke and Duchess continued touring and meeting people, they also spoke with community leaders and asked about economic development possibilities.
Both CNN’s Max Foster and Rebecca reported that William and Kate very much enjoyed themselves, below, a tweet from Max.
It is good to see Kate smiling in light of the stress the couple has been dealing with.
Rebecca English’s impression of how the pair felt about their time this morning:
They also were shown traditional island culture.
Kate managed to look cool and composed despite the heat and humidity.
They also watched warriors performing dances accompanied by pan pipes.
Even a rain shower didn’t seem to bother the couple.
Kate and William then moved on to Burns Creek, a community on the outskirts of Honiara. Residents are impacted by the country’s high poverty rates,humanitarian group World Vision has more on the challenges facing the area.
The South Asia and Pacific region is home to a billion people who live on less than $2 a day. Levels of chronic child hunger and malnutrition are among the highest in the world.
The pair heard directly from residents about some of the tough issues they are confronting, including Louise Whitney and her little boy.
Louise has been helped by the Solomon Islands Small Business Enterprise Company program, an endeavor operated in partnership with World Vision.
More on Louise’s success story from World Vision NZ:
As a result she now runs a successful canteen (grocery) shop from her home and is doing so well that she is looking for alternative premises. Her story is particularly impressive as the mother of three is a domestic violence survivor.
Below we see William and Kate hearing from Louise’s husband, Cain, who has also been involved with programs operated by World Vision NZ.
Cain has started a pig farming business, World Vision explains that “pigs are used as a project to help local people earn a good living in an area where people often survive on less than $2 a day”. Cain introduced William and Kate to a few of the piglets.
World Vision Asia shared on Twitter that after meeting the little animals William suggested some interesting names for them:
“Will” and “Kate” would certainly be memorable names for piglets.
Kate also learned about the extraordinarily high rates of domestic violence against women in the Solomon Islands, she met with Koisau Sade, World Visionâ€™s Gender Coordinator.
The Royals spoke with Ellison Mataifiri, a youth leader who represented the community.
Ellison was more than impressed with Kate and William.
“They greeted me like we’d met before. We spoke about what Burns creek used to be like “it was dangerous and messed up,”
The youth leader also explained some realities to the couple:
“They wanted to know why we didn’t go to the bank, and I explained that people can’t read or write. The big banks are a long way away, and they won’t lend to us.”
Ellison told the couple about some of World Vision’s work in economic development and savings, and then presented the pair with an honorary savings passbook. It was an impactful day for the entire community, as Ellison explains:
“Our community has never seen a couple like that before, and they got to shake their hands. It’s a big story for Burns Creek today. For the past few years we haven’t felt part of Honiara. Today we feel powerful, and we feel recognized.”
Next, time to move on to a meeting with the Commonwealth Youth Pacific Centre (CYP), William and Kate’s visit coincides with the group’s Leadership and Integrity Conference. There was more rain as they arrived at the Conference. The weather appeared to have no impact whatsoever on either the Duke or Duchess, the smiles stayed on their faces as they continued with their activities.
Kate and William were to address the group, consisting of young people from 12 Pacific countries. More on the program’s goals from Mai Life Magazine, quoting the regional director, Afu Billy:
“Pacific young people want to be trained in areas of good governance, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. They need to acquire skills to advocate and promote the interests of young people and be able to influence decisions that affect them.”
For the day’s very busy agenda Kate opted for a bright yellow dress, we were able to identify the frock with the help of WKW Facebook friend Tammie, and the always-wonderful Kate Middleton Style Blog, the piece was actually suggested as a good “Copy Kate” during last year’s North American Tour. Below, the post showing the Jaeger as an alternative to the yellow Jenny Packham Kate was wearing.
The dress was originally priced at $270 (£180) and then discounted to $113. Below, we show it at Lyst.
And as Jaeger showed it on their site.
The knee length dress has cap sleeves, a button front, shirt collar, fitted top, full skirt with pleating and a self belt. It is 100% cotton in a light weight, ideal for the 80° temps and humidity that was higher than that.
Kate was also given a surprise, royal photographer Mark Stewart’s tweet explains:
- Visit the Commonwealth Youth Programme’s Facebook group, it is an active and interesting page
- Learn more about World Vision New Zealand and/or donate by visiting the WVNZ website, or visit the organization’s Facebook page here
- Visit World Vision New Zealand’s “Smiles” Store and gift catalogue, items range from a $4 ‘Smiles Money Box’ to teach young ones about thinking beyond themselves and the value of giving to water purification tablets to mosquito netting and pencils.
Our thanks to World Vision’s Lauren for her gracious assistance with information and photos.
Next on today’s agenda:
- The couple will travel to a Coast Watchers memorial in Honiara, they’ll lay a ceremonial wreath and meet veterans of the Coast Watch.
- Kate and William then attend a lunch reception hosted by the Prime Minister in aid of Solomon Islands charities, including representatives of the Diamond Jubilee Trust.
- Kate and William fly to Marau, “The welcome ceremony has been developed entirely by the local people and promises to be a very special and memorable moment for Their Royal Highnesses in such a remote and beautiful location.”
- The Royal couple will proceed by boat to the island of Marapa, where they will first visit a village before traveling on a traditional war canoe the short distance between Marapa and Tavanipupu.
- Upon arriving on Tavanipupu William and Kate will be met with a musical and dance welcome, they will spend the night at the private resort.