Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Leicester for Poignant Visit

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to Leicester helicopter crash victims
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to Leicester helicopter crash victims
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Today the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine, visited Leicester city for a day of engagement to pay tribute to those who were tragically killed in the helicopter crash at Leicester City Football Club’s  King Power Stadium.

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The Club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha , two members of Mr Vichai’s staff – Kaveporn Punpare and Nusara Suknamai, pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz were killed on October 27 this year when his helicopter crashed just after lifting off from the pitch at King Power Stadium. Mr.Vichai bought the club in 2010.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to Leicester helicopter crash victims
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William and Catherine with Mr. Vichai’s son Aiyawatt, who is lovingly known as ‘Top’.

The Palace said, “Their Royal Highnesses knew the Club’s Chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and wanted to visit the city to recognise the warmth and compassion that the people of Leicester and fans of LCFC have shown in reaction to the accident.”

William, in a statement issued by Kensington Palace shortly following the incident, described the late president as a man “dedicated to his family” and said he was lucky to have known Mr Vichai for several years.

The late Leicester City Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
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The charismatic Thai businessman had become a beloved figure in the club and the city. More than 5000 people walk from the city centre to the stadium to pay tribute to the late owner before the Premier League match against Burnley on November 10 when the club play at their King Power Stadium for the first time since his death in a helicopter crash.

Upon arrival they were welcomed to the tribute site by Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s, widow, Aimon, his son and Vice Chairman of the Club Aiyawatt, known as “Top” and daughter Aroonroong. A video of the arrival shared by Rebecca English on Twitter.

In the city, couple visited the tribute site near the stadium to pay their respects to those killed in the accident.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to Leicester helicopter crash victims
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Duchess laid flowers at the site. There were hundreds of more flowers laid by the well wishers in the memory of the departed souls. Speaking about the visit, Leicester City Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha and son of the late Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha said, “It is truly an honour for everyone associated with the Club to welcome The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to King Power Stadium. For Their Royal Highnesses to visit the city to pay their respects personally is a remarkable gesture of compassion to the families of those who lost their lives, to the staff and players of the Club and to the people of the city whose lives were touched by my father.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to Leicester helicopter crash victims
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The message on the bouquet left by Prince William and Catherine at the tribute site reads: “To Vichai and all those who lost their lives in this terrible tragedy. You will be sorely missed. Our sincere condolences to the city of Leicester. William. Catherine.

Duchess of Cambridge in Catherine Walker Gray Coat for Leicester Visit
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An interesting observation from Gert’s Royals on twitter.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to Leicester helicopter crash victims
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They met with Club staff and volunteers who helped to relocate the thousands of tributes which were left outside the stadium following the accident.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to Leicester helicopter crash victims
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William and Catherine talking with volunteers

Duchess of Cambridge in Catherine Walker Gray Coat for Leicester Visit
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The couple was introduced to the members of the Club’s management team and playing squad of Leicester City Football Club.

A video of the tribute shared by the Sun.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to Leicester helicopter crash victims
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Next they visited the King Power Stadium, where they met with representatives from local charities that were supported by Mr. Vichai.

Duchess of Cambridge in Catherine Walker Gray Coat for Leicester Visit
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William and Catherine heard how his support enabled the charities to improve the lives of people in the wider Leicester community. It was couple’s first visit to the stadium.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to Leicester helicopter crash victims
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William and Catherine were presented with LCFC kits for George, Charlotte and Louis.

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Duchess gave a warm hug to Khun Aroonroong, daughter of Mr. Vichai.

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Following the stadium visit, The Duke and Duchess’ next stop was the University of Leicester to hear about some of the educational programmes that Leicester City Football Club has helped to support. They were welcomed by two cute twin brothers Sai and Taran Gokani with a kiss for Duchess.

Princess Diana visited Leicester University in 1997
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The visit is also important to William as his mother Princess of Wales, Lady Diana, also visited the university in 1997. At the invitation of Lord Attenborough, Princess Diana visited the University in May 1997 to open what was then called the Richard Attenborough Centre for Disability and the Arts (now the Attenborough Arts Centre).

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Leicester University
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The University has a close relationship with the football club. In May 2018 a £1M donation was made by Mr. Vichai, which will be used to help fund medical research about life-threatening diseases and training at the University through a Professorship in Child Health.

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William and Catherine were shown three community projects, all reflecting the close ties between the University and Leicester City FC that Includes Professorship in Child Health, Heartwize and Leicester City Science Stars.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Leicester University
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The Leicester City Football Club Professorship in Child Health is a newly created post, funded through a £1 million donation by the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Chairman of Leicester City FC, earlier this year. The Royal Couple will meet the newly appointed holder of the post.

Heartwize is a CPR training programme, begun in Leicester and now being rolled out nationally, supplying defibrillators and CPR training to school and the community. The Duke and Duchess will meet co-directors Dr William Toff and Dr Doug Skehan and programme co-ordinator Julie Young.

Leicester City Science Stars is a new education programme developed as part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme, led by LCFC Community Trust. The couple will meet Associate Professor in Space Physics Dr Suzie Imber, who helped to launch the programme earlier this year.

 

Prince William gave a very poignant Speech,

Thank you for all being here today.

Catherine and I wanted to visit Leicester to pay tribute to a man that we knew, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and those who died alongside him in October. We knew Vichai as a man who cared deeply about his family and also his community. He of course was a man of wealth, but that wealth did not leave him disconnected from those around him. He believed in giving back.

Catherine and I also wanted to come to Leicester because of what the people of this city, and fans of this club, have shown us all over the last few weeks. In 2016, this football club did something that should have been impossible. Against odds that are now the stuff of legend, you took on the Goliaths and superstars of the world’s most famous football league. In powering past them all to win the title, you wrote the best underdog story in the history of modern sport.

And when the man that led this club to victory died so tragically, the people of this city revealed with their outpouring of admiration, that they too shared much of the character that was so central to who Vichai was. In a time when our football clubs have become huge global enterprises, you came out to thank Vichai for making the fans the true owners of this club. And you thanked him for investing the rewards of success in the future of Leicester City.

You showed that community mattered to him and to you all. You showed us that the losses experienced by other families need to be felt keenly by our own. You were paying tribute to Vichai, Kaveporn, Nusara, Izabela, and a man I had the privilege to fly with in the past, Eric Swaffer. But you were also paying tribute to the fact that sport – when played with passion, but also with humility and respect – can bring us all together.

Thank you for the example you have provided us. And thank you for welcoming us here today.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Leicester University
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The royal couple learned about the University’s unique legacy as they visited the living memorial to those who made sacrifices during the First World War Centenary Square. Before leaving they met with the excited crowd that was waiting for them at the Unviersity.

A video shared by a lovely user on Instagram 2cool_4school_2lame_4fame. During the walkabout Catherine talked about Christmas and new baby. As Hello reported,

“When asked if she was excited about the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan’s baby, Kate replied: “Yeah, absolutely,” before excitedly continuing: “It’s such a special time to have little kiddies. And now a cousin for George, Charlotte and Louis as well! It’s really, really special. She then talked about her three children and how much they’re looking forward to Christmas, adding: “They’re doing well, thank you. They’re getting excited for Christmas time, because they’ve started all their Christmas songs and the Christmas trees are going up. And Louis’s getting bigger, I can’t believe he’s like seven months, he’s getting to be a big boy.”

Duchess of Cambridge in Catherine Walker Gray Coat for Leicester Visit
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For the Day Duchess wore the same gray Catherine Walker Coat she wore during a Church Service earlier this year in August.

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The coat features soft Peter pan collars, button detailing at the front with Princess seam and pleated skirt. The outfit has a contrast trimming of black at the collars, cuffs and buttons.

Catherine paired the outfit with a new Aspinal of London Handbag. She was carrying Midi Mayfair Bag in deep shine black croc.

Aspinal of London Midi Mayfair Bag in deep shine black croc
Aspinal of London Midi Mayfair Bag in deep shine black croc

The $725 bag is described as, “Encapsulating timeless vintage-inspired styling, our Midi Mayfair Bag is hand-crafted from the finest deep shine black croc print Italian calf leather. Both versatile and luxurious, the structured boxy design features three inner compartments secured with our enduring shield lock clasp. What’s more, sumptuous black leather complements any outfit, and makes an exquisite transitional piece from day to night. The flawless finish of the leather’s rich, glassy shine and the shimmering grosgrain lining give this accessory a truly elegant feel. With a convenient top handle and detachable strap, our Midi Mayfair is practical for when you’re on the go, featuring optional cross-body styling”. Personalisation of the bag with four initials or a name of up to eight characters is also available.

Tod’s Suede Pumps
Tod’s Suede Pumps

She was wearing her black Tod’s block heel Suede Pumps that were seen first time in 2017 at a surprise visit to see off children at Paddington Station.

Cassandra Goad Cavolfiore Pearl Studs
Cassandra Goad Cavolfiore Pearl Studs

She finished her look with Cassandra Goad Cavolfiore Pearl Studs that we first saw at the christening of Prince Louis in July this year.

Cartier Ballon Bleu watch
Cartier Ballon Bleu watch

She was also wearing herCartier Ballon Bleu watch that is believed to be a wedding anniversary gift from Prince William in 2014.

J.Crew Velvet Hair Tie
J.Crew Velvet Hair Tie

Duchess had her hairs pulled in a ponytail with J.Crew Velvet Hair Tie that we first saw last week during UCL visit.

 

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Duchess of Cambridge’s embargoed appearance in familiar burgundy Skirt Suit

Kate at UCL
Duchess of Cambridge's embargoed appearance in familiar burgundy Skirt Suit
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Today, Duchess of Cambridge made an embargoed visit to University College of London’s Developmental Neuroscience Lab to learn more about early year intervention.  She visited a team of UCL’s world-leading developmental neuroscientists who are conducting ground-breaking research into how environment and biology interact to shape the way in which children develop both socially and emotionally.

Duchess of Cambridge's embargoed appearance in familiar burgundy Skirt Suit
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An embargoed visit means the news of the visit was not released in advance. Usually when a royal visit is scheduled to somewhere, that means lots of security concerns and the place or the section is closed off for public during the visit. But in some cases shutting off is not possible so the visit is not announced in advance.

Duchess of Cambridge's embargoed appearance in familiar burgundy Skirt Suit
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This is Duchess’ second unannounced visit in November. Last week Catherine and William visited BBC to mark the Anti-bullying week. On Tuesday, the Duchess held a meeting with experts involved in the ‘early years’ initiative. We expect to hear more details about it in 2019.

A video of arrival by Rebecca English on Twitter

Duchess of Cambridge's embargoed appearance in familiar burgundy Skirt Suit
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Since becoming the member of the royal family, Catherine’s patronage focus was on Mental Health and child care. She is championing the importance of providing solid social and emotional foundations for children to support their development and emotional resilience as infants, setting them on the best possible pathway for a happy and healthy adulthood.

The Duchess of Cambridge hosted Roundtable Discussion on Mental Health
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Earlier this year, The Duchess of Cambridge set up a steering group made up of practitioners and academics from a range of disciplines, including neuroscience, mental health, nursing, perinatal care and education.

Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant in Mint Green for a Symposium
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In March speaking at the symposium on early intervention, to provide social and emotional support for children in their early years at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, Catherine said, “I really feel so passionately about the importance of early intervention… providing children in their earliest years with social and emotional security builds strong foundations which last a lifetime”.

Duchess of Cambridge's embargoed appearance in familiar burgundy Skirt Suit
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During the visit, The Duchess met with leading academics as well as students in UCL Psychology & Language Sciences to learn about developmental neuroscience at UCL.  The unit aims to better understand the factors that contribute to healthy development, as well as those that are linked to the emergence of behavioural and emotional problems in children. Research into developmental risk and resilience has scope to inform professionals and policy makers in ways that can improve the lives of children and families.

Duchess of Cambridge's embargoed appearance in familiar burgundy Skirt Suit
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Duchess met with Professor Eamon McCrory, Co-Director of the Developmental Risk and Resilience Unit in the Psychology & Language Sciences Division at UCL.  Professor Eamon McCrory (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences), the lead academic for the visit, said: “Our cutting-edge neuroscience research is shedding new light on how the brain develops in the early years. What we are learning has the potential to significantly improve the lives of children and their families. I am delighted and truly honoured that Her Royal Highness has shown such interest in our work and is supporting vital research in this area.” Learn more about UCL Psychology and Lngauge Sciences here.

Duchess of Cambridge's embargoed appearance in familiar burgundy Skirt Suit
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Professor McCrory uses brain imaging to investigate changes in brain structure and function in children following early adversity. This work is providing important clues as to how vulnerability, particularly to mental health problems, can emerge across the lifespan. As a clinician, he is very interested in how this knowledge can improve the ways in which we can help children and families in the early years. The long term goal is to move to towards a preventative model of help, where mental health problems are prevented before they emerge.

Duchess of Cambridge's embargoed appearance in familiar burgundy Skirt Suit
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Duchess heard from Professor Eamon McCrory and from members of his neuroscience research team about how they work closely with children and families to shed new light on resilience following early adversity.

Duchess of Cambridge's embargoed appearance in familiar burgundy Skirt Suit
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UCL President & Provost, Professor Michael Arthur, said: “We’re delighted that Her Royal Highness is hearing from UCL’s developmental neuroscience researchers, as UCL takes great pride in its neuroscience and psychology work. We hope that this can help leverage the work of our neuroscientists as they seek to improve the lives of people affected by mental health disorders and ensure that every child has the best possible start to life.”

Duchess of Cambridge's embargoed appearance in familiar burgundy Skirt Suit
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Duchess was briefed about how the lab uses brain imaging to see changes in brain structure & function in children following early adversity, with the aim of developing ways to prevent mental health problems before they emerge

Duchess of Cambridge's embargoed appearance in familiar burgundy Skirt Suit
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During the visit, Duchess was shown the MRI Scanning Facility, and learned how the scanner is used to study the brain, and saw the resulting images that allow scientists to see differences in brain structure and function. (see the brain image behind Duchess).

Duchess of Cambridge's embargoed appearance in familiar burgundy Skirt Suit
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Duchess held a small round table discussion with the team.

Duchess of Cambridge's embargoed appearance in familiar burgundy Skirt Suit
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Catherine met with UCL Developmental Risk & Resilience Unit staff, and students from Psychology and Language Science department to hear about their work on research, clinical practice and policy to support young people’s mental health.

Duchess of Cambridge's embargoed appearance in familiar burgundy Skirt Suit
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Catherine met two students enrolled on UCL’s MSc programmes in child development, based at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, one focused on clinical training and one focused on neuroscience research. Anna Freud is one of Duchess’ patronage that she is really passionate about. Learn more about it here.

For over 25 years UCL has worked with the Anna Freud Centre to deliver world leading postgraduate programmes in child mental health, and more recently in developmental neuroscience. In partnership with the Centre, UCL is training researchers and clinicians in child development and mental health with over 300 students enrolled. A video of the event.

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For the visit Duchess brought back her Paula Ka Skirt Suit with a black turtleneck sweater. Catherine wore Paula Ka Skirt Suit in 2012 at Middle Temple in London. She again wore the French derringers creation in 2017 for a visit to Wales. The ensemble consists of a double breasted jacket featuring a modified peplum detailing at the waistline and lapel collar with a pleated skirt.

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She paired the outfit with Tod’s Suede Pumps that she debuted in October 2017 when she made a surprise appearance at Paddington Station.

Tod’s Suede Pumps
Tod’s Suede Pumps

She is wearing her Asprey London Oak Leaf Small Hoop Earrings that were debuted at Wimbledon this year.

Asprey London Oak Leaf Small Hoop Earrings
Asprey London Oak Leaf Small Hoop Earrings

And carried her Mulberry Bayswater Clutch.

Mulberry Bayswater Clutch
Mulberry Bayswater Clutch

The new element of her look was a beautiful velvet hair tie. I love this simple bow tie that was perfectly in line with her skit suit. It is currently retailing at J. Crew for $22.50. Thanks to for id.

Velvet Hair Tie
J. Crew Velvet Hair Tie

 

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Cuteness of Cambridge Kids in Prince Charles’ 70th Birthday Photoshoot

Prince Louis with Grandpa Wales
Prince Charles' 70th Birthday Photoshoot
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The 70th Birthday of Prince Charles brought the royal watchers a real delight. To celebrate the milestone of his life, Prince gave the royal photographer Chris Jackson an exclusive access to his public and private life. That brought us many beautiful pictures giving us glimpse of royal life.

Prince Louis with Grandpa Wales
Chris Jackson

The Cambridge family lovers got an exceptionally sweet treat in this photoshoot that is printed in the London Times. In one picture the doting Grandpa Wales is holding his youngest grandchild. Yes, you guess it right. Prince Louis.

Prince Louis with Grandpa Wales
Chris Jackson

This is the first clear picture of Louis’ cute chubby cheeks face, that resembles with his mother a lot. Here a closeup of the picture and you can see on your own.

Prince Charles with Prince Louis, Prince George and Princess Charlotte
Chris Jackson

In another picture, once again the Charles and Louis are stealing the show. Louis is trying to play with Charles’s face while the William, Catherine and Harry are laughing their heart out.

Prince Charles with Prince Louis, Prince George and Princess Charlotte
Chris Jackson

George is sitting in his grandpa’s lap while Charlotte is calmly waiting for the photo shoot to be over.

Prince Charles with Prince Louis
Chris Jackson

You may all remember this beautiful picture we saw few days ago that send all of us into frenzy. How much we all were wishing for a clear picture that will show Louis’ face and we got not just one but 4.

Prince Charles birthday Portrait
Clarence House

How come 4 ?? Don’t you remember these two!!!

Prince Charles birthday Portrait
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Released on Charles’ birthday eve.

Charles 70th birthday phtoshoot
Chris Jackson

There are few more candid shots that involved the outtake of the picture of Prince Charles with his both sons William and harry, released as stamp last week. I would love to know what Charles said to Harry that have him blushing like a new bride.

Charles 70th birthday phtoshoot
Chris Jackson

Another picture giving the behind the scene glimpse of Charles’s life at home.

There are many more candid shots that you can see all the pictures here on HeavenLm’s Twitter also. On Royal schedule, so far we don’t have any engagement scheduled for Duchess of Cambridge. She recently had an announced visit to BBC and then attended Royal Foundation Dinner at Victoria House.

 

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