Prince William asks for invitation during mayor’s palace visit
Prince William could soon be visiting Ashford.
The Duke of Cambridge asked for an invitation when he met the borough’s mayor last week.
Cllr George Koowaree and Mayoress of Ashford Gloria Champion had their brush with senior royalty when they attended a Buckingham Palace garden party.
After missing out on tea and sandwiches because of traffic, the pair thought a glimpse of the Queen would be the highlight of the day.
But their afternoon got even better as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walked up their line toward the royal tea marquee and Prince William stopped to extend his hand to the mayor.
Upon seeing Cllr Koowaree’s surprise, the Prince smiled and said: “You did not expect this.”
He then asked for an invitation to the town after Cllr Koowaree said it was great place to visit.
The mayor said: “I was surprised and thrilled to shake the Duke of Cambridge’s hand and will certainly follow up on extending an invitation to him to come and visit our prosperous, growing town.”
Up to 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are served at the royal garden parties.
This year the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip were accompanied by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
Prince William has been invited to the borough by Mayor of Ashford Cllr Cllr George Koowaree, below
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