The Duke of Cambridge today visited Birmingham, attending a number of engagements all over the city and supporting a number of events and organisations.
Prince William’s day began at St Basil’s charity project, which helps homeless young people, or those at risk of becoming homeless, in and around the city of Birmingham. The charity is working with Centrepoint, another of the Duke’s patronages, and Birmingham city council to try to end youth homelessness.
There he spoke with staff and youths being helped by the centre and addressed guests. A small Aston Villa t-shirt was given to Prince William for Prince George, 4 months, with the word ‘Prince’ and a number 1 on the back of it.
Then, the new father moved onto Birmingham’s new Library, opened only in September and visited the children’s library, where he listened to a storytelling session – there he was presented with 2 books for Prince George: We’re going on a bear hunt and Santa is coming to Birmingham, as well as a library card for his young son.
William was overheard saying that George ‘likes picture books’ and has ‘chubby cheeks’.
He then attended a Young Entrepreneur’s Masterclass with senior members of library staff, encouraging young people in business.
The Lord Mayor of Birmingham then welcomed Prince William onto the second floor of the library’s rotunda, where His Royal Highness unveiled a plaque commemorating his visit. This will sit alongside the plaque unveiled by Malala Yousafzai, who opened the library in September.
Former Poet-Laureate of Birmingham, Stephen Morrison-Burke, recited a poem to the Duke and the crowds that followed, entitled ‘Family’. It was written especially for His Royal Highness’s visit and speaks of how families can be hard work, but how families help each other through hard times.
After leaving the library, gifts in tow, the Duke of Cambridge privately visited those affected by the riots in the summer of 2011 at Summerfield Community Centre. He previously visited Birmingham’s victims in late summer 2011, with his wife, Kate, but this time, no media was allowed.
To round off his afternoon, William moved to South and City College, to meet people who have worked to promote community cohesion within the area. The recently refurbished centre helps support local business and community organisations that foster community spirit.
Prince William will be staying in Birmingham tonight as he has another planned engagement tomorrow.
Photos: © 2013 Chloe Howard and with thanks to Matthew Railton.