Last month, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the chairman of the Leicester City Football Club tragically died along with four others in a helicopter crash. Their deaths were so impactful on the city of Leicester that even Prince William and Kate Middleton decided to visit the city in order to pay tribute to Vichai and the others.
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According to PEOPLE, William and Kate knew Vichai, so they “wanted to visit the city to recognize the warmth and compassion that the people of Leicester and fans of Leicester City Football Club have shown in reaction to the accident,” their office said in a statement. Along with William and Kate, the chairman’s widow, Aimon, as well as his son and Vice Chairman of the Club, Aiyawatt, known as “Top,” were there. Vichai’s daughter Aroonroong, known as “Roong,” was also at the tribute. William, Kate and Vichai’s family were introduced by some members of the football club including Kasper Schmeichal, Jamie Vardy, Wes Morgan, Harry Maguire, Andy King and others. The Duke of Cambridge also shared a moment with Vichai’s son and the club’s players, saying, “You’re in very good hands.”
Last month, the prince, who happens to be the president of the Football Association, met with some of the team’s players as well as the volunteers and club supporters who assisted in relocating the thousands of tributes that were left outside the team’s King Power Stadium.
Kate and William were originally supposed to stop by the city’s school in order to hear about some of the educational programs that Leicester City Football Club has supported. William and Kate were also scheduled to meet the university’s centenary scholars while there. It is pretty fantastic to see Kate and William take time to head out and pay tribute to Vichai who was clearly an important figure in the city.
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