“Did you know he was my grandfather?” Proud Prince William pays tribute to Prince Philip as he talks to young Duke of Edinburgh award winners on a visit to Durham
- In a moving moment, Prince William, 38, asked young people who received their Duke of Edinburgh medals, ‘Do you know he was my grandfather?
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge toured the North East today, visiting Manor Farm near County Durham this morning
- This afternoon, the royals spent time with young people who were helped by a charity founded after their wedding in 2010
A proud Prince William was overheard and asked young people who were given their Duke of Edinburgh medals this afternoon, “Did you know he was my grandfather?”
The Duke, 38, and the Duchess of Cambridge, 39, toured the North East of England today and visited Manor Farm near County Durham this morning, before spending time with young people who were helped by a charity who was founded after their marriage in 2010. in a center in Durham.
William made the poignant reference to his late grandfather, Prince Philip, while talking to two young people who had recently earned their Duke of Edinburgh Award.
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Prince William, 38, pictured with the Duchess of Cambridge, 39, at the Cheesy Waffles Project, a charity for children, youth and adults with additional needs in County Durham. The Duke was heard asking youths, ‘Do you know he was my grandfather?
The prince explained to Evan Jones, 18, and Lee Middleton, 23, who had earned their gold accolades, that his grandfather had “ passed away a few weeks ago, ” but said the late royal family “ would be so glad you received awards’.
The royals traveled to Darlington this morning to visit Manor Farm before attending the Cheesy Waffles Project this afternoon, a charity that supports young people with learning disabilities.
When William visited a group for young people with learning disabilities in Durham, William learned how Evan Jones (18) and Lee Middleton (23) had earned their gold prizes.
The prince asked, ‘Do you know he was my grandfather?
Unfortunately, he passed away a few weeks ago. He would have been so happy that you had received your awards.
William and Kate visited The Cheesy Waffles Project (CWP), which provides young people with learning disabilities the skills and independence they need to grow up.
They demonstrated their golf skills on the grass outside the project, with Kate laughing heartily after making contact with the ball.
Earlier today, Prince William Kate traveled to Darlington to visit Manor Farm, where they toured and met Clare Wise and Stewart Chapman.
The royal couple watched a young man try it on their visit to the Belmont Community Center earlier this afternoon
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet young people on a visit to the Cheesy Waffles Project at the Belmont Community Center in Durham
The project benefited from the couple’s Royal Wedding Charitable Gift fund, which totaled over £ 1 million when they got married almost exactly a decade ago.
Donations were made by benefactors in lieu of donations and £ 33,000 went to The Key, which works with organizations in the North East of England to develop youth skills.
Tom Crosby, David Hamilton, Sam Peaden and Alumbeni Makwaela-Wali told the couple how they organized Christmas trees, an inflatable snowman and a snow machine for a socially aloof fairy trail, afternoon tea deliveries for the elderly in the area and an online bingo session.
The couple attended the Cheesy Waffles Project, which supports children, youth and adults with additional needs from 7 to 35 years old from across County Durham, where the duo showcased their golf skills.
Referring to the couple’s efforts in a care home in Cardiff last year, William joked: ‘We used to play online bingo and we weren’t very good at it.
“We were bingo callers and we got to hear some very rude words from an elderly lady – she said we should try a little harder.”
Erika Denholm, manager of CWP, said some activities that members normally enjoy, such as outings and cooking sessions, have been halted by the pandemic, but may resume from next month.
William said, “It’s that hope, that light at the end of the tunnel – everyone wants something to look forward to now.”