Prince William pays tribute to Leicester crash victims

Britain’s Prince William paid a personal tribute to Leicester soccer club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha during a visit on Wednesday with his wife Kate to the team’s stadium where the Thai billionaire was killed in a helicopter crash last month.

Vichai, 60, and four others died when their helicopter crashed and exploded outside the King Power Stadium after a Premier League game against West Ham.

William, President of the English Football Association, and Kate, who both knew Vichai, met his wife, son and daughter at a dedicated tribute site bedecked in flowers, scarves and flags set up in his memory near to where the accident occurred.

As they approached, the couple bowed their heads and Kate laid a bouquet of flowers. An accompanying hand-written note read: “To Vichai, and all those who have lost their lives in this terrible tragedy, you will be sadly missed. Our sincere condolences to the city.”

It was signed “William” and “Catherine.”

The royals, officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, then met Leicester manager Claude Puel, a group of players including club captain Wes Morgan, England striker Jamie Vardy and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel as well as club supporters and volunteers.

“We knew Vichai as a man who cared deeply about his family and also his community. He of course was a man of wealth, but that wealth did not leave him disconnected from those around him. He believed in giving back,” William said in a speech. – Eurosport

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