Will and Kate Unite With The Queen at Windsor
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's successful Royal Train Tour came to and end with a meeting with the Queen at Windsor Castle.
DECEMBER 8th, 2020
fter covering the length and breadth of the UK, the Royal Train Tour came to an end tonight at Windsor Castle where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the Queen to thank local volunteers and keyworkers.
The couple were joined by Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne as they listened to the Salvation Army band play Christmas songs in the Quadrangle.
The meeting between the senior royals was the first time they had all been physically together since the start of the pandemic, with them later speaking to volunteers and keyworkers in a socially distanced meeting.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a stunning green Alexander McQueen coat – continuing her British designer trend throughout the tour – and paired the outfit with a pair of the Queen’s dazzling earrings. The Queen spoke to members from the Salvation army and wore an Angela Kelly “Christmas Red” hat and coat with a diamond spray brooch.
The final stop in the Cambridge’s successful world wind tour of the UK, follows an earlier visit to the Royal Berkshire Hospital to thank NHS Staff working throughout the pandemic. The hospital was the birthplace of the Duchess of Cambridge, who was welcomed by Graham Sims, Chair of the Royal Berkshire NHS foundation trust with a “welcome back”.
The royal couple poignantly thanked the NHS staff across the UK for their bravery in tackling the pandemic and listened to music outside of the hospital’s entrance.
Earlier in the day the couple began the second day of their Royal Train Tour by visiting a care home in Bath. The couple spent time talking to residents and carers at Cleeve Court Residential Care in Twerton where William and Kate thanked them for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.
The staff were elated with the royal’s visit, with Tricia Davis, of Bath & North East Somerset Council, which runs the home, saying, “We are absolutely delighted by the visit which means 2020 can end on a positive note. This visit is very important and means so much to the staff and the residents”
This flies in the face of some criticisms from certain politicians, including Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and Welsh Assembly Member and Health Minister Vaughan Gething. Some members of the public and media commentators have pushed back against the political comments claiming that the First Minister was being “hypocritical” due to the former SNP MP Margaret Ferrier, who travelled to London from Scotland whilst diagnosed with COVID-19 – breaking lockdown rules in the process.
As the couple left the Bath care home, they met with a small socially distanced crowd of children, who Kate asked what presents they were asking Santa for this Christmas.
The Duchess looked phenomenal in an pillar-box red Alexander McQueen coat – one which she has worn previously – for day two of the tour, which is set to come to an end today in Windsor, where the couple will meet with the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall for a formal photograph.
Before their visit to Bath, William and Kate started the day in Cardiff, Wales. The couple met with University students to hear how they had been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and also discussed the student’s mental wellness and the support on offer at this difficult time.
The Duke and Duchess arrived by car from the station and were greeted by ‘Samba Galez’, Wales’ longest running Samba band. The band have been supported through the pandemic by the UK Government Culture Recovery Fund and were delighted by the royal’s visit.
As the couple spoke with the band, the Duke said: ‘I am sure your fingers are freezing. Is this the first time you have played together for a while? It’s beautiful music. Fingers crossed 2021 is going to be a better year.”
Later, William and Kate shared a Secret Santa with some of the students, who had “bubbled” together over the course of the pandemic, with William being gifted a Guinness coaster set, and Kate was handed a Welsh lovespoon. The couple gifted the sudents their own gifts too, with Kate buying Gwennan Lewis a £13.99 Prosecco Pong game and William buying Dewi Morgan a finger flick football game.
Dewi later admitted that had planned on buying Prince William a box of hair bands as a joke but said he “bottled it.”
Before the couple left Wales, they also heard from Welsh entertainer Max Boyce, who read out his wonderful lockdown poem “When Just The Tide Went Out”. Mr Boyce had sweetly added a few words of praise to the Duke and Duchess and their visit, reading: “I’ll remember nurses, who stretchered all the pain, for Kate and William came to thank, on the Queen’s Royal Train.”
This visit continues William and Kate’s Royal Train Tour, where yesterday they visited Scotland, Batley and Manchester, to thank volunteers and staff for their amazing work throughout the pandemic.
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