Before joining his wife and grandparents at yesterday’s Buckingham Palace Garden Party, the Duke of Cambridge made a visit to The Royal Marsden cancer treatment centre to see young patients and revealed what’s got Prince George excited at the moment.
Though there was much excitement for the royal’s visit, Prince William had a difficult time capturing the attention of three-year-old leukaemia patient Charlie Miller as he was preoccupied with his stickers. William commented that Charlie was doing some “very impressive glueing” and shared that “George likes doing his stickers. He is big into his stickers. He likes dinosaurs. Do you like dinosaurs, Charlie?”
William found it similarly difficult to engage six-year-old Sebastian Gamble-Banas, as he was busy playing a game on his Nintendo DS. Sebastian’s mother prompted him to acknowledge William’s questions, but the prince laughed the snub off saying “I have exactly the same thing with George. He’s engrossed.”
Having just received the diagnosis of a rare brain tumour, young royal watcher Zak Gillard was buoyed by the Prince’s visit and keen to ask after the Cambridge’s cocker spaniel Lupo and Princess Charlotte following her second birthday on 2 May. Zak’s mother, Stephanie Gillard spoke about the fact that “this was a unique opportunity for Zak,” and shared that William had revealed that George is “noisy and charging around the place.”
Prince William’s visit was in part to mark the 10th anniversary of becoming honorary president of The Royal Marsden Hospital, a role which was previously occupied by his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. In the last decade, William has made regular visits to meet patients and care staff at the sites in Sutton and Chelsea, west London and even did a short placement at the hospital during his gap year in 2005 where he was responsible for greeting patients and showing them to treatment rooms.
Radiotherapy aide Fiona Bragg supervised the Prince during his placement and reminisced about the fact that some patients didn’t recognise the royal! “One lady thought he was a lookalike. We just introduced him as William. It was all very relaxed and low key.”
William said that “It’s a long time ago. I really enjoyed myself,” and joked that “I’m always available for a bank holiday weekend if you need someone to help out.”