Royals in the great outdoors!
The couple, who are expecting their third child in April, will also meet with mountain rescue teams who were training on Land Rovers at a factory in Birmingham, England – and joined in with the exercise.
Their first meeting of the day was at Jaguar Land Rover where they met with staff and apprentices who work at the plant as well as the company leaders. Former helicopter pilot William is a key supporter of mountain rescue organizations around the country and worked closely with them in Wales when he was a search and rescue pilot in the Royal Air Force during the first years of the couple’s marriage.
At the Land Rover plant they also met with some of the company’s volunteers who back projects that focus on regeneration, education, young people and the environment.
The royals will then head to a familiar place for the prince – Aston Villa’s soccer ground. William has been a fan of the team since he was a young boy and the stadium was the setting for a meeting of the royals’ Coach Core mentoring program that helps create inspirational young coaches. Young coaches and tutors worked with local students during the session on the Villa Park soccer field.
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Players from London-based team West Ham used the occasion to hand over a jersey for Prince George and Princess Charlotte – but joked that with their dad’s allegiance he might not want them wearing them!
The couple will end the day in Birmingham, 125 miles north west of London, touring the workshop of Acme Whistles where whistles are made for police and sports referees. The family-owned business creates 115,000 whistles every week.