NEW YORK – Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate on Tuesday visited the 9-11 memorial on their last day in New York City, also participating in charitable and youth-related activities.
Using umbrellas to protect themselves from heavy rain, the royal couple paid tribute to those killed in the 2001 terrorist attacks by depositing a floral offering at the monument.
Next to the white roses, the pair left a handwritten note that, according to a photograph released by the British Embassy in the United States, read: “In sorrowful memory of those who died on 11th Sep & in admiration of the courage to rebuild.”
William and Kate also visited the museum inaugurated earlier this year at Ground Zero at the entrance to the new 1 World Trade Center, the key building of the reconstructed complex.
Later, the pair went to the headquarters of “The Door,” a Lower Manhattan organization that works with disadvantaged youths, where they watched a performance by a group of students.
The son of Prince Charles, the heir to the British crown, and the Duchess of Cambridge later visited the Empire State Building accompanied by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Before returning to London, William and Kate will wrap up their visit with a fundraising dinner at the Metropolitan Museum to take in money for the University of St. Andrews, in Scotland, where they got to know one another as students.
The royal couple’s visit, their first to New York, caused great excitement in the city, where admirers were on hand to greet them at each of their public appearances.
On Monday, William traveled to Washington to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama while Kate visited the neighborhood of Harlem along with the first lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray.
But the most mediagenic event on the royal agenda came on Monday night when William and Kate sat courtside at the Brooklyn Nets-Cleveland Cavaliers game and, among other things, had their photo taken with LeBron James and were spotted chatting with pop singer Beyonce and her husband Jay Z.