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he Duke of Cambridge has said the “vigilance” needed to safeguard democracy was being tested in Ukraine as he reiterated his pledge to “stand with them in solidarity”.

William’s words of support came as his tour of Belize with the duchess drew to a close, and he quoted from the Queen’s 1994 address to the country’s parliament which highlighted how individuals needed to work together to safeguard freedoms.

And in a lighter moment the duke revealed his son Prince George keeps up with his parents’ international trips by sticking pins in a map.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a special reception at the Maya ruins at Cahal Pech in San Ignacio, Belize, with the event’s host Froyla Tzalam, the Governor General of Belize (Jane Barlow/PA) / PA Wire

Speaking in the shadow of the Maya ruins at Cahal Pech, near San Ignacio, at a reception hosted by the Governor General Froya Tzalam, William quoted from the Queen’s 1994 speech.

He told the guests: “She said ‘I am proud to associate myself with your determination that social justice and personal freedom should flourish under the rule of law.

“It is always dangerous, however, to be complacent and to assume that democratic values will look after themselves.

“Vigilance in protecting them is needed’.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge drink a toast to the Queen during the reception (Jane Barlow/PA) / PA Wire

In his speech delivered in the early hours, he added: “Her Majesty went on to say that ‘Most of all, democracy is safe-guarded by teamwork – the individual wills of all citizens, each pulling together towards the same objective’.

“Sadly, elsewhere in the world, that vigilance is being tested today in Ukraine.

“Belize has joined many others in condemning the invasion and standing up for the principles of international law, peace and security.

“Today we think of those struggling in Ukraine and we stand with them in solidarity.”

William, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have all spoken out in support of Ukraine in recent weeks, as the country battles Russian forces after President Vladimir Putin’s troops invaded the country almost four weeks ago.

The Duchess of Cambridge with Prime Minister Johnny Briceno (centre right) during the reception (Jane Barlow/PA) / PA Wire

The duke also passed on the “very warmest wishes from my grandmother, the Queen of Belize”, on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee”

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