The royals paid tribute to five people who died in a devastating helicopter accident.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have paid a poignant tribute to the owner of a British soccer club. Also to four other people who died alongside him in a devastating helicopter accident.
Prince William and Kate Middleton visited the home of Leicester City Football Club to see the thousands of flowers, football shirts, and scarves. Now, they have become a temporary shrine to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and the other victims.
This incident was shocking for many people.
There is always cheers and excitement that often accompany royal arrivals. However, this time there was a respectful silence from the small crowd as William and Kate stepped out of their car upon arriving at the King Power Stadium.
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The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate who wore a grey Catherine Walker coat, laid a bouquet of white flowers with a card. Prince William, who is the president of England’s Football Association, bowed his head.
Later, he spoke of how he knew Vichai.
“Catherine and I also wanted to come to Leicester because of what the people of this city have shown us all over the last few weeks”.
“Against odds that are now the stuff of legend, you took on the Goliaths 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”.
Prince William also added:-
“And when the man that led this club to victory died so tragically, the people of this city revealed with their outpouring of admiration. They too shared much of the character that was so central to who Vichai was”.
The royal couple has another personal connection to the tragedy. Prince William served as a helicopter pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance service for two years.
And, he recalled how he had the privilege to fly with pilot, Eric Swaffer who died alongside Viachi and other victims. Later, the royals visited the University of Leicester.
There, they heard about three educational programs that have been conducted alongside the city’s soccer club. The couple also met hundreds of students who had gathered outside to catch a glimpse of them.