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The halls of Kensington Palace are about to be filled with noise! Prince George has a new whistle.
Prince William and Kate Middleton were given brass whistles to take home from their trip to a whistle factory on Wednesday — prompting William to say: “Don’t show that to George — we’ll never get any peace!”
William made the quip as he and Kate were presented with their personalized gifts — an engraved Air Ministry whistle and a rose gold whistle on a necklace — as well as a selection of musical whistles for George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2.
The gift came during the couple’s tour of Acme Whistles — the creator of the first-ever police whistle — at the end of a busy day of engagements in Birmingham.
Kate was handed a bag containing an assortment of presents for their children, including two brass Samba whistles, a plastic slide whistle and a wooden duck call.
While the Samba whistles are used to play tunes at the carnivals in Rio and in Notting Hill, the slide whistle is best known in Britain for creating the sound of kids’ TV show The Clangers.
The 147-year-old, family-owned business still makes its products by hand, including sports whistles used in football and ice hockey. The couple was also given a tour to see the production process, including plating, moulding and welding. They also unveiled a plaque to commemorate their visit.
And the royal parents, who also have a cocker spaniel named Lupo, were shown dog whistles, which can’t be heard by humans.
Kate asked, “There are different pitches for different dogs, aren’t there?”
Chief Executive Simon Topman, who runs the business with his wife Debbie, told the couple, “Yes, your grandmother would use something that is great for her labradors and retrievers but wouldn’t be for your …read more
Source:: People.com – Royal News
Baby on board!
Kate Middleton stepped out Wednesday for a busy day of events in Birmingham with Prince William. The royals started the morning off-roading at the Land Rovers factory and ended it on the soccer field.
Kate made a quick outfit change in between events when she traded her designer black and cream Goat coat for her go-to skinny jeans and a black seater, which showed off a hint of a baby bump. She kept warm in a quilted down ski jacket from Perfect Moment.
The royal couple, who are expecting their third child in April, visited Aston Villa Football Club, where Kate showed off her sporty side on the soccer field for a meeting of the royals’ Coach Core mentoring program that helps create inspirational young coaches.
The royal mom of two, who recently overcame severe morning sickness, was all smiles as she chatted to the kids on the field. Kate missed George’s first day in September because she was suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) in the first stages of her pregnancy.
As they arrived, Aston Villa’s Chief executive Keith Wyness greeted Kate with “Welcome back to the home of one of your husband’s other passions.” Kate replied, “Yes, he’s very excited by it!”
William, who last visited the stadium to watch a game in November 2013, said, “It’ll be interesting to see if she’s listened to any of my conversations about football!”
Source:: People.com – Royal News