Prince William and Kate Middleton pay their respects at Cambridge war memorial

Prince William and Kate Middleton drew an impressive crowd of an estimated 15,000 people on their visit to Cambridge, a town with a population of 18,000.


Having undertaken separate engagements during the morning, the royal couple reunited on Saturday afternoon to pay their respects at their namesake town's war memorial.

The Duchess sported the same emerald green Erdem coat she had worn earlier in the day for her visit to the Rainbow Place children's hospice, while William wore a smart navy blue suit with a poppy badge pinned to the lapel.


Upon their arrival William and Kate were greeted by dignitaries and headed to Cambridge town hall to enjoy a brief lunch with members of the local community before their visit to the town's war memorial.

The Duke and Duchess each laid a flower at the memorial before speaking to war veterans.

William and Kate then took a stroll around the town, taking time to meet with some vast number of royal fans who turned out at the event.

Crowds of local residents had been gathering since the early hours of the morning for the town's first ever royal visit and in honour of the occasion a window display competition themed on the royals had been organised among shop owners.

Thousands of people lined the streets, including two women dressed as monarch butterflies to match the sign they carried which read 'Welcome to the monarchy'.

Following their visit to the war memorial, William and Kate headed to the Avantidrom in the neighbouring city of Hamilton where they started several races, watched a BMX display and met with Olympic athletes.

Prince George, meanwhile, was safely at the couple's base in Wellington where they plan to return to on Saturday evening before heading to Dunedin on the country's South Island for their engagements on Sunday.