Prince William Speaks Of ‘Special Place’ Africa Holds In His ‘Heart’ As He & Kate Middleton Host Reception At Buckingham Palace

The royal family is getting back to business, including the Duke and Duchess Cambridge along with the Earl and Countess of Wessex, hosting a reception to mark the U.K.-Africa Investment Summit happening in London.

Kate Middleton looked stunning in a red Aurora Sequin Gown by Needle & Thread, while Sophie also wore red as she celebrated her 55th birthday.

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“The African continent holds a very special place in my heart,” Prince William said during his welcoming speech. “It is the place my father took my brother and me shortly after our mother died. And when deciding where best to propose to Catherine, I could think of no more fitting place than Kenya to get down on one knee.”

William also spoke about his wish to visit the continent again soon, this time with his children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

“And as Catherine and I have said to several of you here tonight, we hope to have the chance to visit many more countries in the future and share our mutual love of your continent with our children. No matter the country I have visited – whether I have met young students, park rangers, entrepreneurs, or Presidents – I have always been struck by the friendliness and warmth of the African people. And I’ve been left in no doubt about the optimism and ambition that people in Africa have for their future,” he added.

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The Summit is to support the strength between the U.K. and Africa as well as highlight investment opportunities in both.

Queen Elizabeth’s daughter, Princess Anne, was also in attendance.

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Prince Harry, who is due to fly to Canada soon to reunite with Meghan Markle and their son Archie, held a few private meetings as part of the Summit with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of Morocco, the President of Malawi and President of Mozambique, to speak about a number of causes that are close to his heart, including conservation.

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