The proclamation of the new monarch – King of Jamaica – reverberated around Kingston Harbour, a port that once stood at the heart of the British Empire.
For generations, the Crown and British traders made fortunes in Jamaica trading sugar, cacao, indigo and, of course, slaves through Kingston’s vast natural harbour. By the 19th Century, it had become one of the principal ports in the western hemisphere.
But as the booms of the gun salute faded, King Charles III ascended the throne with Jamaica at a crossroads in its relationship with the monarchy.
“We’re moving on,” Prime Minister Andrew Holness told the then-Duke and Duchess of Cambridge earlier this year while they were on the island for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
On a trip beset with poor optics – Prince William wearing a white military uniform in the same Land Rover his grandmother had used decades earlier, or Catherine clasping the hands of black children through a chain fence – the prime minister delivered a stark…