... whilst his sis­ter-in-law THE DUCHESS OF CAM­BRIDGE shares her joy about the baby news with fans on a visit to Le­ices­ter


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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.


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.


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

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