... whilst his sister-in-law THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE shares her joy about the baby news with fans on a visit to Leicester
SHARES CHRISTMAS PLANS AND HER JOY FOR MEGHAN ON A POIGNANT VISIT WITH THE DUKE
She welcomed her own royal baby seven months ago, but the Duchess of Cambridge is already looking forward to the arrival of the the Sussex’s firstborn in the new year.
On a visit to Leicester University last week with husband the Duke, 36-year-old Kate told well-wishers how excited she was about a new baby in the family.
“It’s such a special time to have all the kiddies,” she said. “And a cousin for George and Charlotte, as well, and Louis. It’ll be really special.”
In addition, the Duchess, who sported a bespoke grey Catherine Walker coat, gave an update on her own children, saying: “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 is getting bigger. I can’t believe he’s like seven months. He’s getting a big boy.”
Where the family will be spending Christmas, however, is unknown. Last year, the Duke and Duchess took Prince George and Princess Charlotte to spend the big day with the Queen at Sandringham, but in 2016 they celebrated it at the family home of Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, in Bucklebury, Berkshire. Like most modern couples, they alternate between both sets of in-laws, which suggests Prince Louis could potentially spend his first Christmas with Kate’s side of the family.
Meanwhile, making her way through the crowds of well-wishers in Leicester, the Duchess stopped to chat to a woman from Italy.
“It’s very nice to see you – I should be saying: ‘Ciao,’” she said, pausing to think of the word.
Laughing, she added that her Italian was “so bad” and said: “I have to make sure my children are better than me. That’s my aim.”
Prince William and Kate had travelled to the city to pay tribute to the five people killed in a helicopter crash outside Leicester City’s stadium in October.
Among the victims was the football club’s billionaire owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who the couple knew personally.
They also met people involved with two university community projects with links to the club, including six-year-old twins Sai and Taran Gokani, who spent months in hospital after being born prematurely at 27 weeks. The brothers were there on behalf of the Leicester City Football Club Professorship
“The children are getting excited — they’ve started all their Christmas songs and the Christmas trees are going up”
in Child Health, which was funded by a AED4.7million/US$1.3million donation from Vichai.
After being introduced to the twins, Kate asked: “What do you boys like doing? Do you like playing football?” to which Sai replied: “I like headbutting,” before giving their royal guest a demonstration with his brother.
“They’re very excited to see you,” said their mother Kal.
WINNING WAYS WITH CHILDREN
Shortly afterwards, the youngsters started wrestling on the floor, prompting William, 36, to say: “Catherine, you and I might try that. It’s a new way to do an engagement. It’s a lot of fun.”
The boisterous boys were still in high spirits outside, when they prepared to say farewell to the royal visitors. Dropping down to their level, the Duchess asked: “Shall I shake your hands one more time?” But Sai decided to lean forward and kiss her instead.
He also told the Duke: “My pants are showing.” His disbelieving mumm added: “I cannot believe he told Prince William that.”
The light-hearted turn of events followed William and Kate’s solemn visit to the King Power Stadium, where they were welcomed by Vichai’s widow Aimon and two of his children.Making the event even more poignant for the Duke was that fact he had flown with the helicopter’s pilot, Eric Swaffer, a few months before the crash.
Eric was killed alongside his partner Izabela Lechowicz, who was herself a professional pilot, and two of Vichai’s staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare.
Adding to the memorial at the site, Kate laid a simple bouquet of white flowers wrapped in blue, reflecting the club’s colours, and a card signed by her and William that read: “To Vichai, and all those who died in this terrible tragedy, you will be sorely missed. Our sincere condolences to the city of Leicester.”
She also joined William in viewing the sea of floral tributes, scarves and flags left by mourners, before the club’s manager Claude Puel presented them to captain Wes Morgan and teammates.
A brief walkabout gave the Duke and Duchess the opportunity to meet volunteers and club staff who had helped to relocate the thousands of floral tributes from the crash site to the makeshift memorial.
TRIBUTES TO A FRIEND
Inside the stadium, the royal couple looked out over the pitch and met emergency services crew who had been called to the scene of the crash. They also held a private meeting with relatives of the four other victims, before chatting to representatives from charities supported by the club.
Chatting to charity workers, William said: “We knew Vichai quite well. It was all quite shocking. If only more owners took his example of how to benefit the community, be involved.”
He also delivered a speech paying tribute to “Vichai, Kaveporn, Nursara, Izabela and a man I had the privilege to fly with in the past, Eric Swaffer”.
‘She seemed to feel it. She looked quite emotional. She felt what we were feeling’
Kate greets well-wishers in Leicester (left), where she revealed how excited elder children Prince George and Princess Charlotte were about Christmas. Six-year-old Sai Gokani leans in to steal a kiss from the Duchess (above)
The Duchess lays a bouquet of flowers, with a message of condolence signed by the couple (left), in honour of Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha