Babies, children and families of Coventry gather to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Babies, children, families and the Coventry community gathered together to celebrate a moment they won’t forget in a hurry.

People from all over the city gathered in the grounds of the old cathedral ruins and outside the main entrance to the new cathedral to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ’s first trip to Coventry together.


They walked along the ruins and spoke to dozens of people along the way, telling them they were brave to come out in the cold conditions.

After walking the ruins and learning about the City of Reconciliation, they headed inside the new cathedral and met three children from Coundon Primary School .

Pupils Megan, seven, Isabella, eight, and Szymek, seven, handed over a posy to Prince William and Kate, which was a moment they and their families will cherish forever.

They spoke the litany of reconciliation and then paused for a moment of reflection as they learned about the oil painting of Prince William’s great-grandfather who visited Coventry two days after it was bombed.

It was a huge day for the staff in the Rising Cafe in the cathedral, which is a social enterprise aimed at providing work and opportunity for those overcoming drug and alcohol additions.

Cafe manager Phil Colbourne has come from a background of addiction, but has been volunteering for 14 years.

He said it was very rewarding to have the Duke and Duchess sit down and chat with him.

Phil said: “I have been volunteering for 14 years, I came from addiction related problems and stayed on to help people. It’s very rewarding.

“It was amazing to meet him. I was so nervous but we chatted about football and he spoke about Cyrille Regis and how much of an icon he was.

“He was amazed at the cakes and the people who have had lives transformed to be stable. He said we should enter bake off.”

They spoke with the volunteers at the café while sitting down having tea and cake following their hour-long visit.

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