Last night, Prince William attended a reception for the workers of the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The Prince surprised the 1,500 guests who had gathered in Merchant Square to celebrate their hard work during the Games.
During the reception, the Duke of Cambridge made a speech to thank all of the workers for their time and effort to put on what the Duke called “the best ever” Commonwealth Games. When on stage, William said it was a “huge honour” to join the workers in celebrating a “job well done”.
Speaking about when he attended some of the sporting events during the Games, William said: “When Catherine, Harry and I visited last week we saw the slogan People Make Glasgow. It was written all over the city.
“You epitomise that slogan in the way that you ran the Games, with professionalism and great care, allowing the Games’ friendliness to shine through.
“These were undoubtedly the best ever Commonwealth Games in history and you guys made it that way. You have helped to deliver a triumph”.
On behalf of his grandmother, Her Majesty, the Prince thanked the Games staff, stating: “It meant an awful lot to The Queen that the Commonwealth Games, which are so dear to her, were in safe hands.
“Thank you for your dedication, your professionalism and most importantly for all you’ve done for the Commonwealth Games. I know that the people of Glasgow and the country thank you also”.
The Duke, who will soon begin a civil pilot course to train as an air ambulance pilot, took his time during the reception to speak to as many of the workers as possible, including Mr Tim Love who was the venue manager during the Games at Ibrox.
When speaking about meeting Prince William, Mr Love commented: “Prince William asked what the secret to the success of the Games was, and to be honest I said it was more to do with the spectators. They were definitely there to really enjoy themselves and to get behind everyone. It was great to see everyone getting support no matter where they were from”.
PA to the Games’s chief financial officer, Irene Anderson, spoke of the Prince’s appearance at the reception: “It was such a lovely surprise. None of the rest of the team knew he was coming, and when he came up the stairs one of them turned to me and said ‘This is such a special thing’. It just means a lot to people that someone like Prince William made the effort to come all the way to Glasgow just to say thanks”.
The Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014, David Grevemberg, told those who had attended the reception that they had “created history”.
Mr Grevemberg stated: “We set out to be trustworthy, we were trusted. We set out to raise the bar, we certainly raised it; I think we raised the roof. We set out to win together, we did it all along the way. We delivered. We delivered to plan and we delivered beyond our expectations”.
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