William and Kate Middleton’s Caribbean tour to save Commonwealth unity

from Luigi Ippolito

After the defection of Barbados, there are fears that other countries could get rid of Queen Elizabeth as Head of State and cut the umbilical cord with Great Britain. The visit aims to establish stronger ties by avoiding the republican hypothesis

FROM THE CORRESPONDENT TO LONDON – William and Kate launch themselves to the rescue of the empire that is losing the pieces: the Dukes of Cambridge are about to undertake a two week tour of the Caribbean that it will touch the nations most willing, in the wake of Barbados, to get rid of Queen Elizabeth as head of state and cut the umbilical cord with Great Britain. A diplomacy of the smile which aims to convince those countries to remain in the orbit of London and resist the lure of other powers, China in the lead.

William and Kate’s trip planned for next month and will touch places like there Jamaica, Belize and the Bahamas: the focus of the visits will be environmental issues, but no one has overlooked the fact that this operation of soft power happens right after that Barbados proclaimed itself a republic and abolished the queen’s role as head of state. A move now also contemplated by the Jamaican government: in December its prime minister said that there is no doubt that his country should become a republic. Similarly, the premier of Belize has made it clear that they too could follow Barbados’ example.

Elizabeth recognized as head of state from 14 Commonwealth countriesthe organization that somehow supplanted the former British Empire: besides Canada, Australia and New Zealand, there are a whole series of former colonies scattered between the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean. But it is a bond that has been fading over time: e it is feared that, especially after the queen’s death, many of those countries could claim full autonomy.

Here then is that the kings of the future, William and Kate, take the field to ensure the continuity of what was once the British Empire. On the other hand, the monarchy has always played a fundamental diplomatic role: just remember the Elizabeth’s trip to Ghana in 1961 when the queen’s ball with the president of the African nation (recalled in The Crown) ensures his stay within the Commonwealth. But in the same year too the visit of the sovereign to India opened a new chapter in Britain’s relations with the former colony, as the 1965 trip to Germany accelerated post-war reconciliation. More recently, just William and Kate’s Australian tour in 2014 he regained the sympathies of the youngest inhabitants of the land of kangaroos in the monarchy. Now, it’s up to the Caribbean.


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