William and Kate marvel at ancient Maya complex in Belize

The couple were given a guided tour of the 3,000 year-old site on Monday

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been pictured taking in the breathtaking ancient Maya complex in Belize on Monday.

The couple were given a guided tour of the Mayan equivelent of Buckingham Palace deep in the Belize jungle, which remains the tallest man-made structure in the country.

The structure was built 3,000 years ago by the Maya civilisation and was once used as a royal residence and temple.

The pair were given a guided tour of the complex
The pair were given a guided tour of the complex
The couple climbed the stairs up to the structure
The couple climbed the stairs up to the structure

Associate director of Belize’s Institute of Archaeology, Allan Moore, took the pair around the site.

Mr Moore told the royals during the tour: “It’s like looking at the inside of Buckingham Palace. This is just a small fraction of what we have here.”

He showed them some ancient carvings as well as the area where Mayans used to play ball games.

The pair, who were accompanied by their own personal photographer, looked in awe of the buildings.

As the couple climbed the steep steps up to to the site, Mr Moore explained how “people often like to try and run up here".

William replied: “What they race? You must be very fit if you are doing this three times a week Allan.”