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  • Kensington Palace have announced that William and Catherine will be making a visit to Leicester to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the helicopter crash at Leicester City Football Club last month.

    As president of the Football Association, Prince William was a friend to the late Leicester City chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who was killed with four others in a helicopter crash at King Power Stadium, the team’s home ground.

    Kensington Palace said, “The Duke of Cambridge, FA President, and The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Leicester on Wednesday 28th November to pay tribute to those who were tragically killed in the helicopter crash at @LCFC’s King Power Stadium.

    “Their Royal Hignesses knew the Club’s Chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and wanted to visit the city to recognise the warmth and compassion that the people of Leicester and fans of @LCFC have shown in reaction to the accident.”

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the crash site to pay their respects before meeting the players and the staff.

    They will then speak to representatives from charities supported by Mr Vichai, and travel to the University of Leicester to learn about educational programmes supported by Leicester City Football Club.

    Mr Vichai’s son and club vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said he looks forward to welcoming the Duke and Duchess to the club.

    “We intend to showcase some of the best of Leicester,” he said. “Both in the way the city has come together in the face of such tragedy and in the great work we will continue to undertake in my father’s name as part of our commitment to his legacy.”

    On 27th October 2018, Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others, including the pilot, were killed as their helicopter crashes shortly after take-off from the King Power Stadium.

    William previously said he was ’lucky’ to have known Vichai for several years.

    Just days after the tragedy, the Duke led tributes to the crash victims, saying, “My thoughts today are with the family and friends of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and all the victims of the terrible crash at Leicester City Football Club.

    “I was lucky to have known Vichai for several years. He was a businessman of strong values who was dedicated to his family and who supported a number of charitable causes.

    “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 will be missed by all fans of the sport and everyone lucky enough to have known him.”

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