Prince William Uses Royal Charm Up and Down England

  May 11, 2009 at 4:28 pm by

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Prince William was out and about Monday, performing two engagements in two English cities.

The first was a visit to London’s Whitechapel Gallery, where the prince opened a new center. The other was to the Kingshurst Sporting FC in Birmingham, where as president of the Football Association, William met with young football players.

At Whitechapel, Prince William took the time to make a few jokes in his opening speech.

“Before I start, I would like to admit something – I am actually Banksy. I thought that this would be a good forum to bring it out. Any autographs I will do later.”

Prince William was referring to a mysterious graffiti artist in London who has been wowing people with his or her art, but has not left any sort of identity.

After his speech, and opening the new contemporary art center at Whitechapel, William went on to an art class at the gallery where young children were working on their artwork. The Prince chatted with the youngsters and took the time to show his own art skills as well.


Later in the day, William traveled north to Birmingham. It was there he met with more young people, this time 100 schoolchildren who play football.

Upon greeting 11 year old Lorna Bradnock, the Prince offered a high-five instead of the traditional handshake. Bradnock happily accepted.

Along with Prince William, Aston Villa star Ashley Young was there to meet the kids. The point of the twosome’s visit was to highlight improving coaching techniques.

When asked whether he or William had been more star struck as they toured pitches at the site, Young replied: “I think it was me – it’s not every day you get to meet a prince.

“It was an honor to meet him – he’s such a down-to-earth guy and the nerves soon went after the first conversation that we had.”

One of the children’s grandfather, named Tony White, also had praises for the man who will one day be king.

“The kids will remember something like this forever. It’s important that people like him get involved – it really makes a big impression on the kids.”

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