Adorable moment Kate Middleton bonds with boy over Aston Villa
‘I recognise that kit!’ Adorable moment Kate Middleton bonds with little boy over Aston Villa as she visits children’s centre in Nuneaton
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This is the adorable moment Kate Middleton bonded with a little boy over their shared love of Aston Villa this afternoon.
The Princess of Wales, 41, visited Riversley Park Children’s Centre in Nuneaton today as part of her ongoing Early Years Development project.
During her tour of the premises, a young football fan – who was proudly wearing his Aston Villa kit – caught the Princess’ eye.
Prince William has supported the Birmingham-based club since his school days and has passed on his love of the team to Prince George – who is regularly spotted at matches with him.
While walking through the children centre’s reception today, Kate spotted the adorable blonde-haired boy – who is hard of hearing – playing with some toys on the floor.
Crouching down beside him, the Princess of Wales – dressed in a £490 silk turquoise leopard-print dress from Samantha Cameron’s Cefinn brand – said: ‘Hello!’
The boy’s mother then said: ‘It’s almost like he was ready [to see] Villa!’
Turning to the little boy, Kate then said: ‘I recognise that football kit! Do you support Aston Vila?’
‘We are Villa,’ his mother replied.
Gently brushing his shoulder, Kate added: ‘I know this football kit. Do you watch all the players?’
His mother then used sign language to help her son understand what he was being asked.
She added: ‘You watch football with daddy, don’t you?’
The young football fan nodded yes as he looked over at his mother. Kate then said to him: ‘Villa are doing well, aren’t they?’
Princess of Wales, 41, visited Riversley Park Children’s Centre in Nuneaton today as part of her ongoing Early Years Development project
During her tour of the premises, a young football fan – who was proudly wearing his Aston Villa kit – caught the Princess’ eye
After a challenging start to the season, Aston Villa finished seventh in the Premier League with their new manager Unai Emery.
As such, they have now qualified for the Europa Conference League.
Later in the day, the Princess of Wales left royal fans in hysterics when she congratulated an infant who let out a little burp – telling them: ‘Well done you!’
The room erupted in laughter as the mother-of-three stopped what she was saying to make a fuss of 10-week-old Raphael Pickering, who let out the little noise as he was sat on his mother Brogan Goodwin’s lap.
At the moment she was interrupted by the sweet baby, the Princess had been discussing a £50,000 NHS project she has funded through the Royal Foundation for Early Years Development which is trialling a new model of assessing babies’ wellbeing.
The health workers in Nuneaton are part of the pioneering project, which involves using indicators to understand the happiness of babies.
The Prince and Princess of Wales pictured with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at an Aston Villa game in Norwich in October 2019
Speaking to Gary Linekar in 2015, Prince William revealed that he started supporting Aston Villa in a bid to stand out from his school peers.
He explained: ‘A long time ago at school I got into football big time. All my friends were Chelsea or Manchester United fans and I didn’t really want to follow the run of the mill team.
‘I wanted to have a team that was more mid-table that could give me more emotional rollercoaster moments. Aston Villa has always had a great history.’
Gushing about his experience of watching their matches, William added: ‘It was the atmosphere, the camaraderie and I really felt that there was something I could connect with.’
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