The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have danced with villagers and helped to make traditional chocolate during their tour of Belize.
The second day of a week-long tour saw William and Kate visiting the Che’il Mayan Chocolate farm, where they ground cacao seeds on the ka-ah, a traditional stone tool.
Then they visited Hopkins village, where they met the Garifuna people – descendants of Africans and indigenous Kalinagos who moved along the islands and coast of the region to escape slavery.
The royal couple were encouraged to dance to traditional music and, after trying local food, they helped to plant a tree.
It came after a rocky start to the tour, with a protest prompting an itinerary change before the couple had even left Britain.
An event in the southern village of Indian Creek was axed after villagers voiced their anger about the couple’s helicopter being given permission to land on a sports field without local consultation.
The villagers are also in a land dispute with a conservation group that is backed by the Royal Family.
On Sunday, however, there was a counter-protest, with a few dozen villagers holding placards reading: “I want you back Prince and Princess” and “welcome Duke and Duchess of Cambridge”.
On Monday, they will explore the Chiquibul Forest Reserve in central Belize where they will visit British armed forces on jungle training.
William and Kate at their best in the impromptu moments
It was time to get this tour back on track.
After landing to negative headlines about protests, William and Kate couldn’t have been on better form – you just have to look at the pictures and video of the couple dancing with the Garifuna community.
They are hilarious but also show a couple not afraid to throw themselves into the moment, and their hosts could not have seemed more delighted.
We were among the press pack who joined them for a walk along the beachfront and again they showed that they are often at their best during those impromptu moments.
The couple stopped every now and again to wave and chat to people just hanging out on the beach, including a few tourists whose sunbathing time was interrupted by the melee surrounding the couple.
And being relatable matters more than ever.
Dale McDougall, a producer from Love TV based in Belize City, told me that young people are increasingly questioning their links with the royals, especially on social media.
Don’t forget this is a region where chat about removing the Queen as head of state has increased since Barbados became a republic.
And that’s why this visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is important.
Not to convince anyone to change their mind – the royals see it as up to the individual realms to decide their own constitutional status – but William and Kate will be instrumental in shaping any future relationship and going forward in whatever form that may be.
They will stay in the Central American country until Tuesday morning before visiting Jamaica and the Bahamas.
The royals’ visit coincides with the Queen’s 70th year on the throne, but debates over colonial era abuses are prompting some nations in the region to re-think their relationship with the crown.
Nearly four months ago, Barbados voted to become a republic, cutting ties with the monarchy but remaining part of the Commonwealth Of Nations.
It is also nearly four months since Barbados voted to become a republic, cutting ties with the monarchy but remaining part of the Commonwealth Of Nations.