The Duke of Cambridge spent the third day of his four-day visit to China in Shanghai, where he played football, posed with a life-sized teddy bear and got to talk about David Beckham, pretty much checking off every activity you’d expect a British prince to do on a trip to China’s greatest city. Maybe.
After his romp about town in Beijing on Monday, Prince William boarded the plane to Shanghai and headed straight to the GREAT Festival of Creativity, a government-inspired scheme serving as a platform to showcase Britain’s creative sectors, including film, art and media as well as British industries such as health care and education.
“The festival is a chance to show off the ability of British business. It gives a message of partnership from the best British businesses, and to ensure the future success of our economies and shared goals,” he said in a speech he delivered during the event.
He then visited the city’s Long Museum to check out British design products on display. Here he is gleefully pretending to ride a fold-up Brompton bicycle.
On Tuesday, Prince William tried his hand (foot?) at a bit of football diplomacy outside of the Shanghai Nanyang High School, where he chatted up some of the students and exchanged a few high-fives in front of the camera.
“He asked them if they knew who David Beckham was, and said that if they got involved in football then one day they might meet him,” according to Paul Hughes, a former coach at Reading FC, Millwall and Southampton who showed the Duke around.
In Beijing, Prince William got on with Xi Jinping about their mutual love of football as well.
The school visit was followed by a walk down the red carpet outside of the Shanghai Film Museum, where the Duke attended a premier for the film Paddington and posed for photos with the bear itself.
After the premier, he presented the hosts with old footage of Shanghai which was recently restored by BAFTA.
Watch it here:
The final stop of Prince William’s journey was in Xishuangbanna in Yunnan to visit an elephant sanctuary and give a speech at a regional wildlife and conservation conference.
[Images via Daily Mail // ECNS // Shanghai Daily]