Prince William makes a speech at City of Derry R.F.C
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ended their trip by hailing a “truly inspirational” cross-community sporting initiative. The successful day visit to Derry/Londonderry showed the Cambridges win over young fans just as successfully as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did during their recent trip to New York. Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge visited the City of Derry Rugby Club where the popular royal couple met players, coaches and volunteers from the Sport Uniting Communities initiative. The initiative, which aims to promote peace and reconciliation, is a collaboration between the Irish Football Association, Ulster Gaelic Athletic Association and Ulster Rugby.
During their visit, William and Kate watched children playing mini rugby, football and Gaelic games before joining in with the fun by kicking a ball at a giant-sized dartboard.
They then went to the clubhouse and spent time speaking to a number of coaches and organisers behind the initiative.
Before leaving, William gave an inspirational speech to an audience, emphasising how positive it had been to see young people coming together to play sport.
He said: “We were at the university beforehand and it was lovely to see everyone there.
“We had a very warm welcome and a bit of Irish whiskey as well, which went down extremely well.
“I can tell you it wasn’t before lunchtime, it was later but it certainly warmed you up for the day.
“We are really impressed with what you’ve achieved here, seeing all the smiling faces outside, running around, joining in the sports and having a really good time it is fantastic.
“I think seeing the communities come together and be able to work together, play together, have fun together, it is a really strong message you are sending out here.
“On the back of a pandemic is not the easiest time to be doing all this, but hopefully it refocuses minds about what is important in life and what you are doing here is truly inspirational.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge received widespread praise after a video of giving his speech to the youngsters was posted on Twitter.
Proud Yellow Belly (@yellowbelly77) wrote: “What a great guy and what a great lady he has in Catherine.
“The monarchy is safe in his and his Dads hands. God bless them all.”
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Perry Westland (@MackwordBandB) wrote: “He’s a natural and our duchess is the perfect foil for our future king.”
SurvivorFam (@nopoliticaltalk) commented: “Inspiring.
“I read that when William was a boy after his Mom had passed away, it was the Queen who took him under her wing and taught him everything about leadership to prepare him for his future role as monarch.
“Beautiful Catherine such a support. Love her.”
William and Kate made their maiden visit to Derry, where they met the University of Ulster’s first medical students while visiting the Magee campus.
The royal couple were shown a specially designed simulated ambulance, which had been built on campus to train the first-year group studying the new BSc Hons paramedic science programme in Northern Ireland.
The Duke and Duchess met a group of student nurses from the university they had spoken to via a video call in February when they heard about their experiences taking part in hospital placements during the Covid pandemic.
Kate handled a tarantula spider called Charlotte, with William joking their eldest son George would be upset he had missed that as he met a snake.
The duke had a measure of whisky while the duchess had half a pint of Guinness before they both sampled local food and drink, learning how to pronounce Irish names and some of the local expressions in the city.
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