08/19/2011

Kate and William visit riot-damaged Birmingham

Birmingham

Prince William and his wife Kate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive Friday for a visit to Summerfield Community Centre in Birmingham. (AP)

PHOTO GALLERY: William and Kate in Birmingham

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge lent their support to the people of Birmingham with a surprise visit to the city that was hit hard by rioting.

The couple toured the area on Friday, close to where three people were killed last week and spent 15 minutes speaking with families of the victims. They then greeted emergency workers and locals at the city's Summerfield Community Centre.

Mandy Sankey, nurse manager at Birmingham Children's Hospital, told the BBC the royal couple wanted to thank people in person for their hard work during the disorder.

She said: "William said, 'we're sure you have already heard how grateful we are but we wanted to come here to say thank you in person'.

"They seemed genuinely interested in how we dealt with it."

Three men were struck and killed by a car as they tried to protect shops and homes from looters on Aug. 10.

Haroon Jahan, 21, and brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31, were buried Thursday during a funeral service attended by more than 20,000 mourners.

The visit of William and Kate to Birmingham is the third consecutive day of visits by the royal family to areas affected by the violence and looting last week.

His brother Prince Harry met emergency service workers in Manchester, northwest England, on Thursday and their father Prince Charles toured areas of London on Wednesday, including Tottenham where the violence began.

Kate's outfit for the Birmingham visit was, as usual, a source of conversation. For the record, it was designed by her wedding-dress maker, Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. The nautical-themed outfit included a $950 blue skirt with a $1,200 McQueen cream blouse, according to the Daily Mail.

 

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