Unexpected reaction to Prince William and Kate Middleton visiting Coventry this month.

Kensington Palace confirmed that the Royal couple will visit Coventry on the 16th of January.

With the UK City of Culture 2021 win, Prince William and Kate will be able to see what Coventry has to offer.

Organisations made sure to show the royal duo the parts that they are the proudest of starting with Coventry University, Coventry Cathedral and The Positive Youth Foundation – a non-profit organization in the heart of Coventry, which specializes in helping young people across the city. The foundation was deeply involved in the UK City of Culture 2021 win.

Susie Murphy, Development Manager of the community seem to be proud and excited to welcome the Duchess of Cambridge.


We are absolutely thrilled to welcome the Royals to PYF. To have such a special royal couple come to visit us is amazing – the recognition is massive because it places such value on the incredible work of the third sector. We believe in improving young peoples lives through personal development programmes, and we know this very sentiment is close to William and Kates hearts.  We are preparing by ensuring as many of our beneficiaries (i.e young people) will be there – to tell the PYF story themselves.


Unexpectedly the reaction of the locals seems to be far from excitement.


“I’m more concerned about the homelessness in Coventry, to be honest.” said one of the local shop owners Bill Jones.

“All I’m hoping for is that maybe they will notice the real state of our city. It’s not so colorful as they think and it is time to invest some money and resolve the biggest issues here,” commented Stacey Brown.

Harry Brown added: “The only impact it will probably have is on our next year’s council tax bill.”


Even though it seems like there are more negative than positive responses some people count the days to finally have a chance to meet the Duke and the Duchess.


Livieta Raskvicus said: “This is such a special moment in Coventry history, I think that after the win this is a big price for the city to be able to see them and I’m so proud that we were finally noticed.”


This is the second time that Prince William is going to visit the city.

The last time he explored Coventry’s War Memorial Park to unveil the park as the very first in the country to be dedicated as part of the Fields In Trust’s centenary fields programme.


The campaign, which is run by The Royal British Legion, aims to safeguard war memorial parks, playing fields and green spaces which mark the sacrifice made by those who died in the First World War.

The city tour will begin at the Coventry Cathedral where Prince William and Kate will be taking part in the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation.

The Rising Café and the volunteers who provide work and opportunities for those overcoming drug and alcohol addictions will have a chance to meet the couple.

The last stop for The Duke and Duchess will be Coventry University where they will open the new £59 million Science and Health Building, and meet with students.

This Royal visit is potentially one of the last royal engagements due to the upcoming birth of their third child.

by Klaudia Szewczyk

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