Prince William was spotted at Birmingham uni
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Earlier this week, Prince William spotted at Birmingham
He was attending the first graduation ceremony of his National SkillForce award which he set up last year.
The program aims to help children between the ages of 6 and 14 build their resilience, confidence and character in preparation for adulthood.
When launching the program last year the Prince stated that the 'development of personal skills puts a young person in better stead for education, future employment and for life.’
The ceremony marked the first successful year of the award and was presented by British comedian David Walliams, who introduced the Prince jokingly with ‘lower your expectations. He’s not the ginger one, he’s the other one. He is the most important one even though George Clooney didn’t show up for his wedding’.
The Prince even injected some humour into the ceremony himself by beginning his speech with the joke, ‘I’m not sure what’s scarier—being up here after David Williams or those trousers,’ pointing to a man on stage next to him who apparently had donned a pair of garish pink trousers for the ceremony.
In his speech the Prince acknowledged how the award has ‘flourished over its first year, positively impacting the lives of almost seven and a half thousand children’.'
He also took time to thank the instructors of the award, many of whom have previously served in the Armed forces.
The event was held in the Great Hall of the Aston Webb building on the uni's famous red brick campus.
Students and locals came out to welcome the Prince to Birmingham and the campus was abuzz with excitement. Children were chanting the Prince’s name when he departed.
Later in the day, the Prince visited the Acorns Children’s Hospice in Selly Oak, which was opened 30 years ago by his late mother. Staff who were present for the opening and were also there to welcome the Prince on Tuesday said they remembered Lady Diana’s visit ‘like it was yesterday.' Featured image courtesy of Kat Smith
Children chanting Prince William’s name as he left campus today. What a great experience for them! pic.twitter.com/QSzaSnKpKF— Uni of Birmingham (@unibirmingham) 18 September 2018
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