The royal parents are kicking off their day with a reception for young people who are making a difference to their communities at the National Football Museum in Manchester. Kate and her soccer-loving husband (he’s also president of the Football Association that governs the sport in the country) then toured the museum.
During the visit to the football museum, 78-year-old former soccer star Roger Hunt asked William whether he plays soccer.
“I play a little bit,” William said, “at school and university mostly. Rugby I’ve stopped, too many injuries. I do a bit of swimming as well.”
“We do quite a bit of running around after our kiddies,” Kate added.
The visit to the city, about 200 miles northwest of London, comes at the end of a packed week for the couple that began with their celebration of World Mental Health Day with Prince Harry on Monday. Kate then flew to the Netherlands for her first solo foreign trip on Tuesday, while William knighted Sir Rod Stewart. On Wednesday, the royal dad toured a hospital, chatting with patients and veterans, and on Thursday he honored John F. Kennedy.
In Manchester on Friday, the royal parents are visiting the Cenotaph memorial to pay tribute to the city’s six Victoria Cross recipients as part of the WWI Centenary campaign, as well as National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester.
They will end their day by again honoring the legacy of Princess Diana by visiting a hospice that was famously opened 25 years ago by William’s late mother.
Francis House provides care for children and young adults, and William and Kate will officially open Francis House’s new lodge facilities for families. Help for seriously ill children is a cause close to Kate’s heart.