It was a sombre outing for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Wednesday (Nov. 28) as they paid their respects for the five victims of the tragic helicopter crash outside Leicester City Football Club's King Power Stadium, including team owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Kate wore a grey Catherine Walker coat dress for the occasion, where she laid flowers at the tribute site, and William, a longtime football fan and president of the Football Association, wore a navy suit as he gave an emotional speech.
"He made such a big contribution to football, not least through Leicester City's magical 2016 season that captured the imagination of the world," the duke said. The event took place at the new memorial site, which holds thousands of tributes originally left outside the stadium following the tragedy. William and Kate met with volunteers who helped to relocate the flowers, photos and more, and left a laminated tribute of their own. “To Vichai and all those who lost their lives in this terrible tragedy. You will be sorely missed. Our sincere condolences to the city of Leicester” it read, along with the couple's signatures.
Inside the stadium, they learned more about Vichai's charity work as they chatted with representatives from organizations he supported. Their last stop is the University of Leicester, to see how his million-pound donation has been helping to support various programs, including medical research. They'll also greet the public outside the school.
Throughout the emotional day, the mother of three was anchored by her chunky-heeled black suede Tod's pumps. 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. The 36-year-old had her hair pulled back into a ponytail tied with a ribbon.
After announcing that the couple would make the trip to Leicester, Kensington Palace explained why it was so important to them to visit. "Their Royal Highnesses knew the Club’s Chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and wanted to visit the city to recognize the warmth and compassion that the people of Leicester and fans of Leicester City Football Club have shown in reaction to the accident."