AceShowbiz - Prince William paid a tribute to his late mother Princess Diana during his visit to Birmingham on Tuesday, September 18. The Duke of Cambridge visited Acorns hospice in Selly Oak, a local charity which the late princess opened back in December 1988. At that time, it was one of the children hospices in the world.
His visit to the hospice was to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the charity. While touring the place, William spend time with some of the children who used the hospice's facilities, including a multi-sensory room and hydrotheraphy room. He even took time to chat with a little girl who was drawing dinosaurs. "George is obsessed with dinosaurs," he said of his son Prince George. "We've been learning all about them."
After the ceremony, The Duke of Cambridge speaks to @SkillForceUK’s newest graduates on what they’ve learned by taking part in The Prince William Award. #RoyalVisitBirmingham pic.twitter.com/e0pmDO0k6S— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 18, 2018
William was then pictured smiling when he came across a plaque on the wall that commemorated Diana opening the charity. He himself unveiled a plaque commemorating his visit before leaving the place. "You are going to have to make some more room," he said, referring to the space on the wall.
Earlier in the day, the royal attended the first graduation ceremony of one of his charity's, SkillForce, at the University of Birmingham. The charity allows school children to learn important life skills from former members of the British Armed Forced. After delivering his speech, he handed out awards that reward resilience and character to 150 children.
On stage at @unibirmingham, The Duke presented a series of special awards to children from schools around the UK.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 18, 2018
His Royal Highness became the charity’s Patron in 2009. #RoyalVisitBirmingham pic.twitter.com/U1bUM4bpHh
William also visit Mary Stevens Park in Stourbridge to unveil a statue of Major Frank Foley, who saved more than 10,000 Jewish people from persecution in Germany almost one hundred years ago. While honoring his life, the prince met members of Foley's family and descendants of some of the people he saved.
Upon his arrival to the University of Birmingham, William was greeted by Dr. Beverley Lindsey and Chris Loughran.
William was all smiles as he made his way out of the Aston Webb Great Hall.
The Duke of Cambridge shook hands with a slew of little girls who wait for his arrival at the Mary Stevens Park.
During his visit to the park, William spend time with Foley's family and descendants of some of the people he saved.
One royal fan at the park looked nervous when William approached him for a little chat.