Mum's pride at family's meeting with Prince William and Kate Middleton

Mum's pride at family's meeting with Prince William and Kate Middleton

By Michael Upton | 20/11/2018

Mum's pride at family's meeting with Prince William and Kate Middleton
Ellie and Oliver present the Duchess of Cambridge with a bouquet

STARSTRUCK Ellie and Oliver Roberts couldn’t believe their luck when Prince William and Kate Middleton dropped in for a chat.

The lucky pair enjoyed talking to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for around five minutes after the royal couple’s helicopter landed in Brinsworth en route to McLaren’s new supercar factory.

Mum Julie Roberts, a golf pro at Phoenix Sports & Social Club, had got wind of last Wednesday’s royal visit and brought along a bouquet of flowers for her delighted children to present to the Duchess.

“I spoke to the head of their school, Brookfields Primary in Swinton, and asked if there was any chance they could be off school that morning,” Julie said.

“I couldn’t tell them why other than that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“After they landed at Phoenix, the couple came through the club and out to where their entourage was waiting.

“I’d got a message to the helicopter about the presentation and Kate came over to speak to the kids.

“She was talking to them for a few minutes and then Prince William came over and spoke to them, too.”

Julie, of Gleneagles Rise, Swinton, said: “They were quite in awe. I hope they would be able to present the flowers but we never expected them to stop and chat for so long.

“Kate was saying it was her first time in South Yorkshire but she hoped to visit again. She spoke about her own children and how she hoped to bring them up.

“Prince William was asking about what subjects they like at school and if they were looking forward to the school holidays.

“They were fantastic, genuinely brilliant with the kids.

“It was quite a surreal moment to see them in the flesh.”

Julie, whose husband Michael Roberts is also a golf pro at the club, said a crowd of about 40 people gathered to welcome the royals. 

She said when Ellie (10) and Oliver (7) told their school friends about the meeting, few believed them at first, but they were able to show them photos of the morning, which will be featured in the school newsletter.


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