Unseen footage has captured a sweet family moment between Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their son Prince George at the UEFA Euro soccer grand finals. Recorded on a fan’s phone, the clip has gone viral among royal fans smitten with the tender moment the Cambridge trio shared.
Kate and William attended the final of the European Championships at Wembley in London on the weekend, taking eldest son George along with them. The 7-year-old is a fierce soccer fan and was sorely disappointed when England’s team lost to Italy. But as the new video shows, his parents were there to comfort him in his disappointment, with Kate taking his hand and pulling him close.
In the clip, she cradles her son’s head gently and leans over him to speak to William. He then places a comforting hand on George’s shoulder, leaning over to speak to him as the family prepares to leave the stands. The video was shared to Instagram by soccer fan Daniel Ingram, who said he was “so fortunate” to attend the match and sit so close to the royal family.
Even as the trio exited their seats alongside the likes of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Kate and William were protective of their son. He walked between them as they left the stadium, looking dejected as he followed his father while Kate walked at the rear. Despite the disappointing result for the young royal, his appearance at the match had royal fans absolutely thrilled.
The royal children have rarely been seen out in public over the last 18 months as the coronavirus pandemic forced the royal family to change how they work. William and Kate were among the many senior royals who turned to virtual engagements, carrying out their royal duties via video calls during the lockdowns.
Now, with vaccination rates rising and case numbers slowly dropping, there is hope we’ll be seeing more of the couple’s children. Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, didn’t attend the Euro soccer match with their parents and older brother. The few glimpses we’ve caught of the children in the last year have only been through official portraits and videos.
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