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Prince William jokes 'who's pinching my bottom' as he and Princess Kate visit Cardiff to celebrate Black History Month – best photos

The Prince and Princess of Wales visited a school and met members of the Windrush generation


William and Kate visit Fitzalan High School© Getty
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Updated: October 3, 2023
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The Prince and Princess of Wales travelled to Cardiff on Tuesday to celebrate the start of Black History Month and to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush to the UK.

William and Kate were given a warm welcome in the Welsh capital as they arrived for their first engagement – a visit to the Grange Pavilion, where the future King got a big laugh as he joked, 'Who's pinching my bottom?' to a group of elderly men and women.

Princess Kate gives out high-fives and fist bumps on visit to Cardiff

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Prince William and Kate meet with school children at the Grange Pavilion as they celebrate the beginning of Black History Month in Cardiff© Getty

The couple were greeted by scores of school children waving Welsh flags who were clearly excited to see the Prince and Princess in person.

The Princess of Wales speaks with school children at the Grange Pavilion as she celebrates the beginning of Black History Month in Cardiff© Getty

A natural with children, the mother-of-three charmed the youngsters as she walked along and greeted them.

atherine, Princess of Wales arrives at the Grange Pavilion as she celebrates the beginning of Black History Month on October 03, 2023 in Cardiff, Wales. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush, the Prince and Princess of Wales will meet members from the Windrush Cymru Elders, Black History Cymru 365 and the Ethnic Minority Youth Forum for Wales. © Getty

Kate looked immaculate as usual and opted for another power suit, this time by Holland Cooper. It is fast becoming her signature style.

The Princess of Wales visits the Grange Pavilion as they celebrate the beginning of Black History Month© Getty

She wore her brunette hair in loose waves with a middle parting.

William and Kate wave to school children as they depart from the Grange Pavilion© Getty

The royals waved to schoolchildren as they completed their welcome walkabout.

Prince William and Kate meet with members from the Windrush Cymru Elders during a visit to the Grange Pavilion in Cardiff© Getty

The royals were introduced to members from the Windrush Cymru Elders, Black History Cymru 365, and the Ethnic Minority Youth Forum for Wales, who regularly meet up at the Grange Pavilion, a community centre that was a previously vacant bowls pavilion.

The space offers a community café, employment and training opportunities for members.

 
Princess Kate meets with members from the Windrush Cymru Elders during a visit to the Grange Pavilion in Cardiff© Getty

William and Kate chatted to members of the Windrush Cymru Elders, a group that was established in 2017 that aims to promote the understanding of ethnic minority elders' concerns and needs whilst also celebrating the contributions of the Windrush generation.

The couple heard about the lived experiences of the elders and how the Windrush Generation have positively impacted the Welsh community.

Roma Taylor, 79, the founder of Windrush Cymru Elders, was one of the first of a long line of women to give William a hug. "It was a long one," she laughed after their embrace.

Ms Taylor also revealed that when King Charles visited the Senedd last year, she held his hand for so long that a member of his security team told her she had to let go.

William and Kate laugh with members from the Windrush Cymru Elders after the prince made a joke while posing for a picture during a visit to the Grange Pavilion© Getty

William's joke went down well with the group as he asked, "Who's pinching my bottom?" as they posed for a photo.

Walking to the other side of the room, the future King gave out more hugs. Karen Lucock, 65, recalled: "I said, 'Please can I have a hug?' He said, 'Yes you can.' I was surprised because he hugged me for quite a while. I am in a bit of shock!"

William joked to the room: "No kissing! I draw the line at kissing!"

William and Kate play table tennis during a visit to the Grange Pavilion in Cardiff© Getty

William and Kate were also introduced to young people involved in the Ethnic Minority Youth Forum, a group of 11 to 25 year olds who seek to be a voice of change for young people from minority ethnic groups in Wales.

"I'm very sorry - a lot of chatting going on next door. Hugging as well," William said as they entered the next room.

The royals had the chance to speak to local young people from the Somali community, which forms a large part of Cardiff's Grangetown district. They heard about community projects members of Wales Somaliland Youth Links and Cardiff Bay Warriors FC have been involved in, from football to youth unemployment.

William and Kate also gamely took part in a round of table tennis at the Grange Pavilion.

"You've got to watch her serve - she has got a slice on the serve," the Prince warned two teenage Somali girls after Kate's winning shot.

The Princess of Wales plays table tennis during a visit to the Grange Pavilion© Getty

The royal couple are notoriously competitive and looked in their element as they played.

Eleeza Khan, 17, said: "It was really chilled and engaging. They got into it - we got into it."

Amira Begum, 18, added: "They were quite good - surprisingly good."

William and Kate receive posies from Akachi, 6, Humzah, 6, Ayla-May, 7, and Mazin, 8, at the end of a visit to the Grange Pavilion© Getty

Before leaving, the royals were given posies from Akachi, six, Humzah, six, Ayla-May, seven, and Mazin, eight.

Princess Kate visits Fitzalan High School as she celebrates the beginning of Black History Month© Getty

The next engagement on their itinerary took William and Kate to Fitzalan High School, where they heard about the work pupils have been doing around Black history and the Windrush generation.

Fitzalan High School serves one of the most diverse and disadvantaged communities in Wales where 70 per cent of pupils speak English as a second language. Some pupils are direct relatives of the Windrush Cymru Elders.

Princess Kate visits Fitzalan High School as she celebrates the beginning of Black History Month© Getty

In September, the school opened a new building with a range of state-of-the-art facilities to help pupils achieve their highest potential.

William and Kate spoke to a group of sixth formers who are working on their A Levels as well as vocational studies such as science, technology and sports courses.

Prince William and Kate visit Fitzalan High School as they celebrate the beginning of Black History Month© Getty

The couple were given a tour of the school's brand new immersion room where they sat in on a history lesson looking at life in Tiger Bay, a key area in Cardiff where the Windrush generation lived.

Princess Kate visits Fitzalan High School as she celebrates the beginning of Black History Month© Getty

After this, William and Kate met teachers and pupils working across a number of projects at the school, including the gardening project which aims to encourage young pupils to learn how to grow plants and food from scratch.

Princess Kate visits Fitzalan High School as she celebrates the beginning of Black History Month© Getty

Before leaving, the royals stopped to admire the school's new entrance gate that was designed by pupils and London designer Lara Sparey. The gate embodies 'What does Fitzalan Mean to Us?' and is covered with a variety of symbols and artwork to represent the school and Wales.

Princess Kate makes a heart sign with her hands during her visit to Fitzalan High School© Getty

Kate showed just how much she enjoyed her school visit, making a heart sign with her hands.

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