Prince William surprised some school children recently when his helicopter touched down at their school and William popped in for some lunch! According to People, William, who was helping to transport some doctors to Lister Hospital with the East Anglian Air Ambulance, made the unexpected stop when his crew decided to grab a quick meal before returning to work. William has worked with the East Anglian Air Ambulance since March.
After the initial shock wore off, the students were very excited about their royal guest, who eye witnesses said lined up with the school children to receive his healthy lunch of roast chicken, cauliflower cheese, and vegetables. The East Anglian Air Ambulance frequently uses John Henry Newman School, which is about 30 miles north of London, as a stopping point, but nobody expected Prince William to step out!
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Head teacher Clive Mathew told People that the school usually offers the emergency workers refreshments when they land their helicopter at the school. Since it was lunch time, they invited the team in for a meal. “And then Prince William jumped out as well. It was very exciting,” Mathew confessed.
William, who is known for being very approachable, sent the school into a twitter as he “lined up with the pupils” and “got himself some lunch and sat down.” The meal, which included roast chicken, vegetables, and cauliflower cheese, was paid for by the school, and cost about $4. William reportedly ate everything.
Although certainly excited, “the pupils were very respectful and some came and sat in the spaces available and chatted to him.” The teacher highlighted that William “asked [the students] about their Christmas holidays and how their studies were going – general small talk.”
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Calling the wonderful experience “surreal,” Mathew explained that students “didn’t quite believe it,” but “it was fantastic” and the children “were very excited” about their royal guest. Of course, Mathew confirmed “[t]he children who spoke to him will remember it for the rest of their lives.” The teacher added that meeting Prince William was also a highlight for the school chef, Stuart Copeland, who can now claim that “a prince has eaten his food and said it was very nice!”
Prince William “was a really nice and it was lovely to have had that opportunity to meet him and host him,” the John Henry Newman School spokesperson said.
Prince William was also recently spotted with his wife, Kate Middleton, during a birthday celebration for the Duchess. Middleton’s birthday is January 9, and the couple was joined by Middleton’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton, her sister, Pippa, and brother James.
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To celebrate Middleton’s 34th birthday, William took her hunting, reports Us Weekly. Kate is said to be a fair shot, and although she does not hunt often, “she knows how to do it” a source close to Prince William and Princess Kate said. During the excursion, which was at Queen Elizabeth II’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, “Kate bagged a bird!”
Prince William is reportedly a big fan of the sport, and an insider revealed that since “William’s very much a fan of the sport,” the couple have hunted together in the past and “enjoyed it with friends.” While some women love making a big deal out of their birthday, Prince William’s wife just wanted a quiet affair. Middleton reportedly asked for “a low-key celebration,” a source revealed, since “Kate doesn’t like to make a fuss” about anything.
The day following Kate’s birthday, she and William attended church together. The couple was spotted at a morning service at the St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England, reports Us. Kate wore a black turtleneck under a tweed skirt-suit, while Prince William looked dashing in a navy blue suit with a red tie.
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