Casual Kate Middleton wears £70 khaki trousers to visit Mayan ruins in Belize jungle

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The Duchess of Cambridge cut a relaxed figure as she scaled Belize’s most spectacular Mayan ruins alongside her husband Prince William today.

The couple were visiting 3,000-year-old Caracol, a sprawling ancient archaeological site, located in the foothills of the Maya Mountains near the border with Guatemala, on the third day of their Caribbean tour.

Kate, 40, wore £70 khaki trousers from Dutch brand G-Star RAW, which she paired with a recycled white John Lewis t-shirt and her £57 Superga 2750 trainers.

The minimal shoes have been worn by the mother-of-three on several occasions, including during her Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in September 2019, while the t-shirt was sported by the royal in September 2020.

Proving once again to be a fan of High Street fashion, Kate first donned the white top when meeting parents in London, who were helped by peer support networks during the Covid pandemic -19.

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) cut a relaxed figure as she climbed Belize’s most spectacular Mayan ruins alongside her husband Prince William today

The couple were visiting 3,000-year-old Caracol, a sprawling ancient archaeological site, located in the foothills of the Maya Mountains near the border with Guatemala, on the third day of their Caribbean tour.  Pictured, Kate

The couple were visiting 3,000-year-old Caracol, a sprawling ancient archaeological site, located in the foothills of the Maya Mountains near the border with Guatemala, on the third day of their Caribbean tour. Pictured, Kate

Kate completed her look with a pair of sunglasses and left her hair down, while tucking the white T-shirt into the khaki pants. She paired the outfit with a brown belt.

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, also wore sunglasses and a matching khaki shirt and trousers for the outing.

The site visited by the couple is located in the heart of the Chiquibul National Forest in Belize.

The highlight of their trip was the chance to see the Caana, or “sky palace” which stands 141 feet tall and was built by hand.

There was only one reaction on Kate’s lips as she surveyed the landscape that stretched out before her when she and William stopped to admire the view: “Wow.

The couple were guided by the country’s architectural director, Allan Moore, who accompanied the couple as they entered a clearing where the palace stood.

Kate (pictured with William), 40, in £70 khaki trousers from Dutch brand G-Star RAW, which she teamed with a recycled white John Lewis t-shirt and her Superga 2750 trainers in £57

Kate (pictured with William), 40, in £70 khaki trousers from Dutch brand G-Star RAW, which she teamed with a recycled white John Lewis t-shirt and her Superga 2750 trainers in £57

The minimal shoes have been worn by the mother-of-three on several occasions, including at her Back to Nature garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in September 2019, while the t-shirt was sported by the royal in September 2020. Pictured , Kate during her outing

The minimal shoes have been worn by the mother-of-three on several occasions, including at her Back to Nature garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in September 2019, while the t-shirt was sported by the royal in September 2020. Pictured , Kate during her outing

The Duchess of Cambridge wore her brunette locks in a straight hairstyle and teamed her ensemble with a pair of simple gold hoops

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge each wore a pair of Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Classic sunglasses, priced at £137

The Duchess of Cambridge wore her brunette locks in a straight hairstyle and teamed her ensemble with a pair of simple gold hoops

He told them: ‘It’s like looking inside Buckingham Palace. It’s only a small fraction of what we have here.

The original settlement dates back to 400 BC, developing into a more prosperous city by 200 AD.

Once home to 100,000 people, it measures 75 square miles and is five times larger than even the country’s largest modern dwelling, Belize City.

Its name derives from the Spanish for snail shell due to the spiral access road that led to the site.

Mr Moore showed the couple ancient Mayan carvings, with the couple showing lizards, fish munching on water lilies and a feline shape he said could have been a jaguar, a resident of the jungle around them.

He also led them to an area where the ancient Mayans used to play ball games.

Proving once again to be a fan of High Street fashion, Kate (left) first donned the white top when meeting parents in London, who were helped by peer support networks during the Covid-19 pandemic

Proving once again to be a fan of High Street fashion, Kate (left) first donned the white top when meeting parents in London, who were helped by peer support networks during the Covid-19 pandemic

Kate completed her look with a pair of sunglasses and left her hair down, while tucking the white T-shirt into the khaki pants.  She paired the outfit with a brown belt

Kate completed her look with a pair of sunglasses and left her hair down, while tucking the white T-shirt into the khaki pants. She paired the outfit with a brown belt

The couple happily posed for photos with the palace behind them, briefly taking off their sunglasses in the 31-degree heat.

Then it was time to start the long hike to the top, first going up a side section with a wooden handrail.

At the first stopping point, they stopped to peek into the remarkably well-preserved ruins of ancient houses and peppered their guide with questions.

They were then invited to stand alone in a gap in the terrace to pose for photos surrounded by the historic site.

As they caught sight of the sight, the couple marveled at what they saw. “Wow,” Kate said.

William had the giggles when, as he turned away from the view – which was captured by a group of photographers – he found another group of snappers on the other side of them.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with archaeological expert Allan Moore in Caracol

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with archaeological expert Allan Moore in Caracol

As they caught sight of the sight, the couple marveled at what they saw.  'Wow,' said Kate (pictured)

As they caught sight of the sight, the couple marveled at what they saw. ‘Wow,’ said Kate (pictured)

‘We have one [ group] on one side and the other on the other. You’re in each other’s photos,” he laughed.

The couple then continued their ascent accompanied by their own personal photographer. Mr Moore told them as they climbed the steep steps: “People often like to try and run here.”

“What, are they racing?” exclaimed William. ‘You must be very fit if you do this three times a week Allan!’

Caracol was discovered by a Belizean logger in 1937 when the country was then British Honduras.

Archaeologists have spent several decades excavating it, uncovering monuments, tombs and extensive terrace systems.

One of the highlights is the Caana, or “sky palace” – standing 141 feet tall – which is not only the tallest building in Caracol, but still the tallest man-made structure in Belize.

William had the giggles when, as he turned away from the view - which was captured by a group of photographers - he found another group of snappers on the other side of them.  Pictured, Kate

William had the giggles when, as he turned away from the view – which was captured by a group of photographers – he found another group of snappers on the other side of them. Pictured, Kate

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, also wore sunglasses and a matching khaki shirt and trousers for the outing

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, also wore sunglasses and a matching khaki shirt and trousers for the outing

An impressive pyramidal structure, it stands at the heart of the ceremonial center of Caracol.

It is believed that the ancient builders erected the structure so that its high priests and rulers could be closer to heaven.

Mr Moore described Caana as a ‘residential temple palace’, adding: ‘This is a flagship Mayan site.

He explained how the Mayans were the original destroyers of the jungle as they burned much of the area’s vegetation to create Caracol.

After finally leaving Caracol, the jungle pushed back and surrounded the structures, meaning they weren’t discovered until the late 1930s.

When asked what he hoped William and Kate would take away from their visit, he replied: “I want to emphasize the spectacular being of the Mayan structure. This shows the historical ability of our civilization to build these kinds of structures.

Asked what Belize thinks of the British monarchy, he replied: “It’s as relevant here as it is in the UK”. It’s symbolic and we respect that. And some people like to have a monarchy far, far away.

“As an archaeologist, I cherish the rare. As a good Belizean, I welcome the prince and his wife. We are known to be a hospitable nation. They will appreciate that.

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