Monday, 22 September 2014

Sunshine and smiles

If day one was all about not being Kate, by day two of the Duke of Cambridge's two of Malta the sunshine and smiles had taken over. There was a mix of formal and relaxed as William covered for his wife again and the big beaming grin seemed to say he was having a great time doing it.

The Duke of Cambridge meets crowds in Malta on day two of his trip to the island
(photo @alexmorleyjames Twitter)

The day began with a service at the Co-Cathedral of St John in Valletta where the duke joined celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Malta's independence.  The duke was also given a formal welcome there with a salute from the Guard of Honour.  And there was a real cultural treat for the duke who was given a chance to view Caravaggio's Beheading of St John the Baptist.

The Duke of Cambridge viewing the famous Caravaggio work
(photo @Clarence House Twitter)

William then ventured on to Birgu where he heard about youth projects and spent some time at a youth centre where he joined in playing video games and had a go at table football.

The Duke of Cambridge joins in a game of table football in Birgu
(photo @Clarence House Instagram)

The Queen's links with Malta were a huge part of this tour and the final day of William's visit included a boat trip on a vessel sailed on by his grandmother in 1949 when she lived on the island as a young wife.  And then it was time for tea as the duke joined dozens of people at a garden party given at the British High Commission.

Time for tea - the Duke of Cambridge at a party in Malta at the end of his tour
(photo @HCRobLuke Twitter)

And then it was time for the Duke of Cambridge to leave Malta and return home. He is beginning the training for his new role with the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service and helping look after his wife who had to miss this tour because of the severe morning sickness she is suffering from in the early stages of her second pregnancy. It meant she had to miss her first solo overseas tour but judging by the sunshine and smiles on day two, William really didn't mind stepping in for her on this one.

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