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Paying Tribute in Leicester

 

Today The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a day of engagements in Leicester with the focus on paying tribute to those who lost their lives in the tragic helicopter accident at King Power Stadium. On October 27th, all five people on board, including the owner of Leicester City Football Club Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, lost their lives when a helicopter crashed right outside the King Power Stadium.

After the tragic accident, The Duke of Cambridge released a statement where he said:

“My thoughts today are with the family and friends of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and all the victims of the terrible crash at Leicester City Football Club. I was lucky to have known Vichai for several years. He was a businessman of strong values who was dedicated to his family and who supported a number of important charitable causes. He made such a big contribution to football, not least through Leicester City’s magical 2016 season that captured the imagination of the world. He will be missed by all fans of the sport and everyone lucky enough to have known him.”

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge started of their day at the tribute site near the stadium. They were welcomed by Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s son, daughter, and wife.

The Duke of Cambridge said he wanted to personally speak to his family as he knows how it is to lose someone and have to grieve in the public eye.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge laid a bouquet of flowers at the sight where the tributes are placed.

 

Taking a moment of silence while viewing the tributes that were placed.

The Duke and Duchess were than introduced to the members of the club managements team and playing squad.

They also met club and staff volunteers who helped to relocate the thousands of tributes which were left outside the stadium following the accident.

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge then made their way to the actual stadium where The Duke gave a speech in honor of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and the other people who lost their lives in the helicopter accident.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis were given Leicester City Football kits!

Upon departure, the Duchess of Cambridge gave Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s daughter a hug and kiss goodbye.

They finished off their visit to Leicester by traveling to the University of Leicester to hear about some of the educational programs that Leicester City Football Club and Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has helped support.

 

AT the University, The Duchess of Cambridge got a kiss from a little boy named Sai Gokani who has received help through a community project which received funding from Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

 

A video of The Duke and Duchess with Sai Gokani and another little boy take a look at a science experiment at the University of Leicester:

To finish off their visit, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge greeted a 1,000 people strong crowd outside of the University of Leicester:

 

The Duchess of Cambridge today wore a Catherine Walker coat dress she first wore in August of this year for Sunday Morning Church Service with The Queen on the Balmoral Estate, with her Tod pumps, and a new black Aspinal London bag.

 

That is all for Today’s post! Next week on December 4th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will host a Christmas party at Kensington Palace for families and children of deployed  personnel from RAF Coningsby and RAF Marham serving in Cyprus. The subsequent day, The Duke and Duchess will fly to to RAF Akrotiri to meet with serving personnel, families living on the base, wider station personnel, and members of the local community. See you all this Saturday, December 1st, for a special Christmas blog post!

3 Comments

  • Rucha

    Loved today’s engagement! Very sincere and heartfelt. Also, I adore your dedication 💖 you should be an official royal reporter. Nothing less💖
    #makeherthecambridgereporter

  • Gayle

    You put so much effort into your posts and account. Thank you! Also it’s great to see the large crowds in Leicester for the Duke and Duchess! It is so cold, rainy and windy today in London so can’t imagine what it’s like up in Leicester! I’m sure they were worth the wait in the cold! 🙂

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