Today saw the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, visit Coventry to open Coventry University‘s new Science and Health Building and to meet some of the fantastic people that assisted in making Coventry the City of Culture 2021.
Crowds started to form as early as 8.00am for the planned 11.30am arrival of the Royal couple. As their black Range Rover stopped on Cuckoo Lane cheers could be heard from the crowds and once they had exited the car William and Kate proceeded with a meet and greet with the waiting crowds in Coventry’s Cathedral ruins.
After making their way down the Cathedral steps, where I was able to catch a glimpse of them, William and Kate were welcomed into the new Cathedral where they took part in the Litany of Reconciliation. Whilst inside the Cathedral, William viewed the oil painting of George VI, his great-grandfather, who had famously visited Coventry a few days after the blitz, which saw Coventry torn apart in November 1940.
The royal couple then stopped for tea and cake at the Cathedral’s, Rising Cafe who work in partnership with Betel UK, a charity that assist life-transforming help to people with drug and alcohol addictions.
Once they were fully refreshed they were led on a tour of the new Coventry University Science and Health Building by the university’s chancellor, deputy vice chancellor and the pro-vice chancellor for health and sciences. As part of the tour they were shown the journey a patient takes from being picked up by an ambulance crew, to the pressures of a surgical procedure all the way through to the rehabilitation stage, all of which are taught within the fantastic new university building.
The last part of the visit took William and Kate to Hillfields and the Positive Youth Foundation team who had a pivotal role in Coventry winning the crown of City of Culture 2021. Whilst there, Kate spoke to teenagers who have been effected by mental health issues, whilst William watched a group participate in fitness activities in the dedicated sport area. Before leaving, the couple were treated to a special dance performance from the PYF teens and found time for a photo session with the very happy and thankful youngsters.