Prince William arrives in Walsall
Prince William visits Walsall
Prince William has made his first official visit to the West Midlands. He was guest of honour at a sports event in Walsall and spent time chatting to the crowds of people who'd gathered outside.
Prince William greets the waiting crowds
Prince William arrived in Walsall on Saturday 10th May 2008 for one of his few Royal engagements. He's the patron of the English Schools Swimming Association and was guest of honour at the town's Gala Baths - where the 2008 water Polo Championships are being held.
He shook hands with Walsall residents who lined the streets to meet him and told the crowd: "Hello, how is everything? Sorry to keep you waiting. I got here as quick as I could."
Although occasionally spotted at Villa Park supporting his beloved Aston Villa, this was the Prince's first official visit to the West Midlands.
Prince William in Walsall
A keen water polo player himself the prince actually competed in this event while he was at school at Eton. He got two of today's matches underway and his presence seemed to rub off on the U18 team from King Edwards School in Birmingham, who made it through to the final.
After watching some of the games the Prince spent time chatting to the crowds who'd gathered outside. He seemed happy and relaxed as he posed for photos in the sunshine and joked with onlookers before heading home.
last updated: 10/05/2008 at 19:46