Prince William in Malta on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Independence
The Duke of Cambridge is representing the Queen at official celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Malta’s independence from the UK. The Prince’s visit was only confirmed two days ago since this was expected to be Kate’s first solo trip abroad, but she had to cancel following the announcement that she is pregnant with their second child and is suffering from severe morning sickness.
Upon arrival, the Duke of Cambridge immediately travelled to San Anton Palace to call on President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca. When asked about Catherine, William replied the Duchess is ‘doing so-so, a bit up and down at the moment’. Afterwards, he met the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat at the Auberge de Castille.
At around half four in the afternoon, we gathered at St. George’s Square in Valletta, eagerly awaiting the Prince’s arrival. Many amongst us were British tourists and photo journalists. I guess most Maltese were keen on having Kate rather than William, but I still didn’t want to miss this for the world. After all, he is the one who’s second in line to the British throne and the son of the late Lady Diana. Being a Royal follower, especially of the Cambridges, I thought this was a rare occasion where one can get to see him at such close proximity.