The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took advantage of a secret snorkeling trip to admire the Belize Barrier Reef during their royal visit – watch the video
The duke and Duchess of Cambridge were able to slip away unnoticed during the second day of their royal visit of Belize as they enjoyed a never-before-seen dive trip.
William and Kate, who are both experienced divers, took the opportunity to explore Belize’s magnificent barrier reef – the second largest in the world – at South Water Caye.
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In a video shared on their official social media pages and taken by photographer Matt Porteous, the royals were seen swimming underwater, giving each other the ‘okay’ hand sign and admiring life local navy. They also surfaced at the end of the short clip, turning to each other and smiling as they breathed into their oxygen tanks.
WATCH: Prince William and Kate enjoy secret diving trip in Belize
The couple swam with nurse sharks, with one in particular swimming alongside them throughout their dive as they joined Edward Bettencourt, known as ‘Captain Gravy’ and his daughter Narisha, to view the work of vital conservation carried out to preserve it. A royal source said: “They had an amazing time, they saw nurse sharks.”
In the voiceover, William, an avid conservationist, is heard to say, “It’s really fantastic to see the underwater environment here in Belize and what a wonderful job they’ve done to protect the corals and fish life.
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“Belize’s work in marine protection is top notch, which is crucial when you are protecting the second largest barrier reef in the world and in fact it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is clear that Belizeans value their environment, whether it is the marine environment or the land environment.
“It is great to see their commitments go further and further. We must support them and value their efforts to protect both marine and terrestrial environments.”
Kate dives in Belize
The post’s caption also read, “Belize is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world. While the effects of climate change are evident, the Government of Belize and communities across the country deserve tremendous recognition for their efforts to restore this incredible marine environment – with a commitment to protect 30% of it by 2030.
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“On Sunday we were fortunate enough to spend some time snorkeling at South Water Caye, just above Belize’s spectacular Barrier Reef. It was a privilege to see first-hand ocean conservation work first hand. plan made here.”
The royal couple’s dive took place privately after their visit to Hopkins Beach, but HELLO! understands that the government of Belize had been very keen for them to see and experience the reef.
The Duke highlighted Belize’s conservation efforts
William and Kate are both diving enthusiasts, with the Duchess becomes a qualified diver in 2015. At the time, she successfully achieved the Advanced Open Water Diver qualification from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), meaning the mother-of-three is able to dive to a depth of 30 meters. .
The Duke and Kate’s family, the Middletons, regularly vacation in Mustique, where William has done deep dives in search of sharks. It is believed that Kate obtained the qualification from a diving school on the private island in the Caribbean.
William, meanwhile, is a very experienced diver and succeeded his father Prince Charles as chairman of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) in 2014.
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