Prince William and Kate visit Leicester City FC to pay tribute

Prince William and Kate met with the late owner's son. AFP

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited Leicester City's football ground to pay tribute to the victims of the helicopter crash that killed the club's owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

The royals, officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, then met Leicester manager Claude Puel, a group of players including club captain Wes Morgan, England striker Jamie Vardy and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel as well as club supporters and volunteers.

William, who is president of the Football Association, and Kate were friends with the football club's chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabh, who was one of the five people who passed away.

William and Catherine visited the crash site as part of a visit to the city on Wednesday and were greeted by Mr Srivaddhanaprabha's son Aiyawatt, daughter Aroonroong and widow Aimon. Stopping first at Leicester City's King Power Stadium, the Duke and Duchess are meeting with staff following a tragic helicopter accident last month which claimed the lives of five people.

Afterwards, Their Royal Highnesses entered the King Power Stadium itself where they met with representatives from local charities who were supported by the late chairman.

William said the fans had shown "that sport - when played with passion, but also with humility and respect - can bring us all together".

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Srivaddhanaprabha "of course was a man of wealth, but that wealth did not leave him disconnected from those around him".

"He made such a big contribution to football, not least through Leicester City's magical 2016 season that captured the imagination of the world". He believed in giving back.

Kate left a bouquet at the site as Prince William stood beside her.

He added: "If only more owners (of professional football clubs) took his example of how to benefit the community, be involved".

Kate, who wore a coat by Catherine Walker, joined William as they chatted with fans outside of the stadium.

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