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Kate and William pay tribute to Leicester City boss Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Scene of
tragedy:
The Duke
and Duchess
in Leicester
yesterday PICTURES: GETTY/PA/REX

THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge followed in the footsteps of thousands of football fans in an emotional tribute to the late owner of Leicester City.

William and Kate were visibly moved during their visit to the city yesterday, following the helicopter crash last month which killed Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others.

The royal couple, who met players including Jamie Vardy and the billionaire’s family, left flowers and a condolence card among a sea of floral tributes near the crash site.

A sea of flowers: The Duchess of Cambridge adding the royal couple’s bouquet to the tributes
Floral tribute: The Duchess with the couple’s bouquet
Feeling the loss: Kate with players including Jamie Vardy
Stealing a kiss: The Duchess received a surprise peck on the cheek from Sai Gokani, six
Emotional: William and Kate standing with members of Vichai’s family

William had known the Leicester boss for five years and described him as ‘the gel, the glue of the community’. They last met at Kensington Palace weeks before the crash, which also killed club employees Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

In a speech, William described Leicester’s 2016 Premier League triumph as ‘the best underdog story in the history of modern sport’. The duke, a former air ambulance pilot, said he had flown with Mr Swaffer, calling it a ‘privilege’.

The couple also visited Leicester University, where Kate received a surprise kiss from Sai Gokani, six, whose family were among those helped by a £1million community donation from Mr Srivaddhanaprabha.