William and Kate's emotional tribute to friend killed in chopper crash


Kate and William mingled with the public as the Duchess wore a grey coat by Catherine Walker that featured large, grey and black buttons and a pleated skirt.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will pay tribute to the victims of the helicopter crash outside Leicester City's stadium on a visit to the city. The royal pair met with family members, fellow mourners and members of the soccer club during the somber occasion.

On a visit to King Power Stadium, Prince William, who knew Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, described the Thai billionaire businessman as a "man who cared deeply about his family and also his community".

William was seen clasping the hand of Vichai's son Aiyawatt before talking to his wife Aimon and daughter Aroonroong.

The Royal couple laid a bouquet of flowers and then met with Leicester manager Claude Puel and a group of players, including club captain Wes Morgan, England striker Jamie Vardy and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. An accompanying hand-written note read: "To Vichai, and all those who have lost their lives in this awful tragedy, you will be sadly missed".

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Leicester City vice-chairman and Mr Vichai's son, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, said it was an "honour" to welcome the royal couple to the King Power Stadium.

William, who is president of the Football Association, and Kate were friends with the football club's chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabh, who was one of the five people who passed away. Kate's grey Catherine Walker ensemble features black piping and a slightly embellished shoulder, which she wore with black tights, an Aspinal London handbag and pearl earrings.

Prince William had previously released a statement after the tragedy, saying: "I was lucky to have known Vichai for several years".

In the aftermath of the crash, William paid tribute to the "big contribution to football" made by the owner of Leicester City.

During their visit to the university they will hear about some of the educational programmes the club has helped to support, including a £1m donation by Mr Vichai in May to help fund medical research and training.