Prince William and Kate Middleton visited Manchester yesterday, October 14, for a few hours to visit the National Football Museum, Manchester town hall and Cenotaph, the University of Manchester, and Francis House.
The first stop of the day for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was the National Football Museum where they attended a reception and met a group of school children who have contributed to the City of Manchester as well as representatives from the Coach Core apprenticeship scheme.
They toured the museum and met 1966 England World Cup winner Roger Hunt. William had a go at the penalty kick simulator, but Kate declined because of her heels.
The couple met the England women’s team captain, Steph Houghton, and her her teammate Jill Scott, and revealed that Princess Charlotte is a better footballer than Prince George. When Scott asked about the children, William said: “They’re great. Charlotte is the one who shows more aptitude [for football]. George is sort of getting into it slowly, but Charlotte is showing more aptitude.”
After the football museum, William and Kate met wellwishers outside.
The second stop of the day for William and Kate was Manchester Town Hall where they joined a procession to the Cenotaph before laying a wreath at the Cenotaph. The couple also viewed six Victoria Cross commemorative paving stones to honor the six World War I Victoria Cross recipients who were born in Manchester.
Then William and Kate, after taking her hair down, met with relatives of the six VC recipients.
William and Kate then visited the University of Manchester National Graphene Institute where they learned about graphene and its uses, and met with world-leading scientists.
Graphene is an allotrope of carbon in the form of a two-dimensional, atomic-scale, honey-comb lattice in which one atom forms each vertex. In 2004 Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov at The University of Manchester extracted single-atom-thick crystallites from bulk graphite. In 2010, they were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. Graphene is the world’s first 2D material. It is 200 times stronger than steel, but it is incredibly light and flexible.
Here’s a short video about what graphene is…
… And here is a video on the history of graphene.
William tried out a racing car made out of graphene. Kate, of course, declined.
William and Kate signed their photograph for the University of Manchester time capsule before unveiling a plaque to mark their visit.
William and Kate visited Francis House as their last stop of the day. Francis House is a children’s hospice which provides a home from home where children under the age of sixteen who have been diagnosed as having a life threatening or life limiting condition can receive professional care, support, and friendship.
Princess Diana officially opened the hospice in November 1991.
The royal couple toured the facility and met with families and volunteers.
William and Kate unveiled a plaque to open the Francis Lodge to mark the 25th anniversary of the hospice.
Kate wore a new coat from Erdem Resort 2016 collection. The coat is a black, blue, and white (pink?) plaid.
I’m not a fan of the coat. It reminds me of the Missoni coat Kate wore to the Somme 100 event, but even darker and more depressing. Like, this coat would look great at a war memorial commemoration. I understand that one of their events was at Manchester’s Cenotaph, but for the majority of their day’s events this coat doesn’t seem fitting.
Kate wore new earrings: Oscar De La Renta “Pearl Gold Disc Button Earrings” ($190).
I don’t like them at all; they seem very dated to me. Case in point, they look strikingly similar to the earrings Princess Diana wore to open Francis House in 1991.
Kate wore her Rupert Sanderson Malory navy suede pumps, and carried her LK Bennett Frome Suede Clutch Bag.
Kate wore her hair pulled back for the first part of the day. I like it in this style. Too bad she took her hair down.
PS. I’m instituting a new rule to the comment policy. Please don’t talk about people’s weight. The comments about Kate’s weight specifically but also Letizia’s have gotten to the point where they are cruel and mean. I let it slide for a long time because for a long time the comments seemed to be mostly innocuous, but in the last couple months it’s turned from “Huh, she’s really thin” to “She’s emaciated and unattractive, there must be something wrong with her”. And the comments are specific to Kate and Letizia because they are thin. No one mentions weight when it’s a royal who may be overweight. The comments about weight really make me uncomfortable, so please stop. It’s fine to talk about the fit of the clothes, but do not comment on the royals’ weight.