NEW YORK ― Prince William capped his whirlwind two-day tour of New York by greeting adoring crowds at an FDNY fire station during his final engagement in the city.
The Prince of Wales received gifts at the event from a royal fan named Alyssa Budihas, who spoke to the press – including HuffPost – after her royal meeting.
“I thanked him for coming to visit us and gave him three ‘I ❤️ NY’ T-shirts, one for each of the kids,” Budihas, a lawyer, said of the gifts for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. .
She added that she bought the shirts at a gift shop two doors down from William’s stop at the FDNY Ten House and that her hands shook when the prince approached her.
In addition to the T-shirts, Budihas also purchased two New York souvenir license plates reading “William” and “Catherine” for the Prince and Princess of Wales.
You can watch the exchange between Budihas and William in the video footage recorded by HuffPost below:
Budihas, a lifelong New Yorker and fan of the royal family, said she was “very upset” by the meeting. She added that she was “very grateful” that the prince was “as kind and gracious” as she had always imagined, and felt the meeting was “meant to be” as the royal visit took place just two blocks. from his office.
William received additional gifts during the fire station tour, including rubber fire trucks with the Ten House logo, as well as pens, notebooks and T-shirts.
The Prince of Wales began the second day of his trip to New York by meeting Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso and First Lady Maria de Lourdes Alcívar Crespo at the 78th United Nations General Assembly in New York.
They met at the official residence of the British consul general, adorned with a real Andy Warhol engraving of William’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.
Tuesday marked the first anniversary of the late monarch’s funeral.
During the meeting, the prince spoke about all the “fantastic work Ecuador is doing” on environmental initiatives before speaking at the Earthshot Innovation Summit, held in the Plaza de the UN.
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg kicked off the summit, co-hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies, with jokes about the prince’s popularity.
William was recently named the most popular candidate “about whom a majority of Americans feel good and about whom Republicans and Democrats can agree” in a viral Gallup poll that made headlines last month.
“The prince has clearly won over Americans of all stripes, and these days, as you all know, that’s no small feat,” Bloomberg said, adding that polls showed that more than 60 percent of Democrats and more than 60% of Republicans viewed Guillaume positively.
“America hasn’t seen this kind of bipartisanship since 1776,” Bloomberg said, to laughter from the audience. “But this time we all drink to the king’s health.”
Following summit appearances by former New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the Prince of Wales appeared for a fireside chat and noted that earlier in the day, he even went for a run in Central Park. .
“I decided to join the hordes of New Yorkers during their morning routine,” the prince said, adding that it was “wonderful to wake up in New York to a sunny morning rather than yesterday’s rain.” .
During the summit, which announced the 15 finalists for the Earthshot Prize Awards 2023, the prince also confirmed that he would be present at the awards ceremony in Singapore on November 7 this year.