The Duke of Cambridge has been very busy indeed in the first full day of his four-day visit to China, a trip marking the highest-profile royal visit from the United Kingdom to the Middle Kingdom in almost three decades.
Prince William arrived yesterday and was greeted at the Beijing International Airport by British ambassador to China Barbara Woodward. He kicked off the trip by painting the eye of one patriotic cartoon character Shaun the Sheep, located in the gardens of the ambassador’s residence. He joked that his painting job was “not particularly stylish but it will pass”. A modest man.
Today, Prince William took a trip to the Shijia Hutong, an alley neighborhood, where he visited a local home restored with funding from the Prince’s Foundation, set up by his father Prince Charles. Guided by China’s representative of the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, the duke also met with children with physical disabilities in urban Beijing.
He managed to find time to see the capital’s Forbidden city, where he posed for a few photos and chatted about the
suspiciously conveniently lovely weather.
Of course, Prince William also met Chinese President Xi Jinping at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, where the two discussed their “mutual love of football”.
Later, His Royal Highness will board a plane for Shanghai, where he will launch the Great Creativity Exhibition at the Long Museum. More importantly, he will make an appearance at the premiere of the Paddington movie and meet the bear. Look forward to pictures.
On his last leg of his tour to China, the prince will go to Yunnan province, where he’ll visit an elephant sanctuary and give a speech at a regional wildlife and conservation conference. Previously, Prince William was featured in a WildAid PSA advocating the protection of elephants, rhinos and sharks (while speaking Mandarin).
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