Prince William visits Sunderland

The Duke of Cambridge visited Centrepoint centre for homeless young people in Monkwearmouth yesterday.

He met some of the residents at the centre, of which the duke is Patron, and cooked chapatis with them.

Wearsiders gathered together at the centre, in Dundas Street, to see Prince William and to greet him.

Sunderland artist and mother-of-four Ursula Apreda, 51, from Whitburn, brought a print of Princess Diana’s portrait she painted, which Ursula wanted to give to the duke.

Mrs Apreda said: “I painted the Diana portrait about 10 years ago, for Prince William’s 21st birthday.

“I painted it because I wanted to mark such a special birthday with a painting of his mother as I lost my mother when I was at the same age.

“I know how important she was to him and to the nation and I just wanted to get that point across to him.

“Normally you don’t get to hear about royal visits, so as soon as I saw it, I thought I might just get a print done.

“I knew I wasn’t going to be able to give him the painting, but I thought a print he might be able to take it home and have a look at it.

“At least, even if I couldn’t give it to him, I just wanted him to see it.”

After his visit to Sunderland the duke continued to South Shields where he officially opened Haven Point leisure centre.

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