Prince William and Kate Middleton paid tribute to the victims of the tragic Leicester City stadium helicopter crash Wednesday.
William and Kate were pictured visiting the crash site and offering their condolences after club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others lost their lives in the accident on Oct. 27.
The duke and duchess joined club vice-chairman and Mr Vichai’s son, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, along with the late chairman’s widow Aimon, to observe the tributes at the site where the aircraft came down last month.
According to the BBC, Mr Vichai’s son said, “For their royal highnesses to visit the city to pay their respects personally is a remarkable gesture of compassion to the families of those who lost their lives, to the staff and players of the club, and to the people of the city whose lives were touched by my father.”
The Palace said in a statement that the royals “wanted to visit the city to recognize the warmth and compassion that the people of Leicester and fans of Leicester City Football Club have shown in reaction to the accident.”
Staff members Kaveporn Punpare and Nusara Suknamai, pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz were also killed in the crash.
Kate and William also visited the University of Leicester, where they heard about some of the educational programs Leicester City have supported over the years.
The late club owner also made a $1-million donation in May to help fund medical research and training.