The Prince and Princess of Wales attended a Boston Celtics home game against the Miami Heat in the Royal Family’s first trip abroad since the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September and their first trip to the States United in eight years.
Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 40, walked into the TD Garden in Boston while surrounded by security shortly before the start of the game on Wednesday night.
Middleton, who was dressed in a royal blue blazer, stood out in a sea of green as she strolled alongside her husband to their courtside seats.
William matches Middleton in a bright blue button down shirt under a navy blazer.
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The couple joined Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck and his wife, Emilia Fazzalari, co-owner Steve Pagliuca and his wife, Judy, Celtics great and Hall of Famer Thomas “Satch” Sanders, Massachusetts Governor-elect Maura Healy and Mayor from Boston Michelle. Wu on the sidelines. During the match, Middleton was seen chatting with Fazzalari and talking to the attendees who were seated behind her.
Celtic players were seen walking alongside William and Kate as they checked in for the game while head coach Joe Mazzulla occasionally paced past the couple.
During the match, the Heroes Among Us award was presented to Ollie Perraul, a 15-year-old climate activist from Easthampton, Mass. The royals were seen talking with Perraul after the award was presented.
The couple also met with members of the Celtics family, including representatives of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, which provides grassroots programs and strategic funding to local organizations serving populations at risk or in need.
William and Kate received mixed reactions when they were shown on the jumbotron as some fans cheered and cheered, while others appeared to boo the Royal Family. However, the pair appeared to be enjoying themselves and William was spotted cheering and cheering the players on throughout the game.
Ahead of the match, the couple’s official Twitter account shared a post, writing, “Let’s go Celtics let’s go!”
William and Kate’s appearance on Wednesday night was not the first time the couple had attended a professional basketball game in the United States. During their last trip to the United States in 2014, the couple attended a Brooklyn Nets game in New York.
Earlier in the day, the two arrived at Logan International Airport in Boston before 3 p.m. ET. They traveled to Boston for the William’s Earthshot Prize, which awards grants to people working in the environmental field. Promotions for the Earthshot Prize were broadcast on the jumbotron throughout the Celtics game.
“Catherine and I are thrilled to be back in the United States and are extremely grateful to Governor Baker and the First Lady of Massachusetts for their warm welcome to Boston,” William said in a statement after their arrival.
He added: “With this, our first overseas visit since the death of my grandmother, I would like to thank the people of Massachusetts and especially Boston for their many tributes to the late Queen.”
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William said the Queen remembered her 1976 visit to the city on the bicentenary “with great fondness”.
He continued: “My grandmother was one of life’s optimists. So was I. That’s why last year we launched the Earthshot Prize with the ambition to create a truly global platform to inspire hope and urgent optimism as we seek to save the future of our planet. To the people of Boston, thank you. I am so grateful to you for allowing us to welcome the second year of the Earthshot Prize to your beautiful city. Catherine and I look forward to meeting many of you in the days to come.”
The couple flew to the city on British Airways and will be in Boston until Friday when they will announce the Earthshot Prize winners.
President Joe Biden plans to meet the royal couple this week, according to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who said: “The President intends to greet the Prince and Princess of Wales when “He’ll be in Boston. We’re still finalizing and working out the details, so I have nothing more to share, no more details to share on that.”
During their trip, Wu will host the couple at Boston Harbor for a tour of the environmental challenges and rising sea levels facing Boston’s east shoreline on Thursday. They will meet with Ambassador Caroline Kennedy at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library on Friday.
Kennedy’s Moonshot which challenged NASA to put a man on the moon in the early 1960s inspired the name of the Earthshot Prize.
Later Friday, the three-day tour will conclude with William and Kate announcing the Earthshot Prize grant winners at Fenway’s MGM Music Hall. The ceremony will be led by Billie Eilish, Annie Lennox, Ellie Goulding and Chloe x Halle will also perform.
Winners in five categories including nature conservation, clean air, ocean revival, waste disposal and climate change will receive a £1 million ($1.2 million) grant to continue their work. The 15 finalists will receive financial assistance.
Fox News Digital’s Brie Stimson contributed to this report.
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