Prince William, Duchess Kate wrap up New York visit with trip to 9/11 memorial

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NEW YORK — No one visiting the 9/11 Memorial in New York expects to be anything but moved, but the Duchess of Cambridge admitted she was unprepared for just how affecting it would be as she spoke of her “awe” at what she was seeing.

After laying a wreath to the victims at the site of the twin towers, the Duchess described her emotional response at being able to touch the names of the nearly 3,000 victims cut into bronze rails around the monument’s reflecting pools. On the final day of the Duke and Duchess’s brief visit to the U.S., she placed a bouquet of white roses, the state flower of New York, on part of the memorial.

A handwritten message on the flowers said, “In sorrowful memory of those who died on 11th September, and in admiration of the courage shown to rebuild,” followed by their signatures, William and Catherine.

Allison Blais, the museum’s chief of staff, said the Duchess “talked about how in awe she was of the enormity of the space. It was something she did not anticipate. She also talked about how moving the memorial was, and being able to touch the names of the victims outside on the pools.”

AP Photo/Richard Drew, PoolKate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William are escorted by Joe Daniels, CEO of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, during their visit to the memorial, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014.

Joe Daniels, the museum’s chief executive and president, said: “You could see it really in both their eyes, the sort of care and curiosity they had for the story of what happened and the people who died that day.”

A handful of onlookers braved the wet weather for a glimpse of the royals.

“I love them so much,” said Kristina Crossan, a 24-year-old teacher from New Jersey. Her mother, Marianne Crossan, called the rain “a small price to pay.”

Curious museum-goers stood by to get a look at the royals — including the pregnant Kate’s hot-pink Mulberry coat, black tights, and black stiletto-heeled pumps, over a black dress from maternity designer Seraphine. Other fans braved heavy, cold rain outside.

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AP Photo/Richard Drew, PoolPrince William, Duke of Cambridge and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, view the art installation of Spencer Finch during a tour of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 in New York.

The royals, now 32, were beginning their studies at the University of St. Andrews when the attacks happened.

The morning visit to the World Trade Center site where 67 British citizens died — the most of any foreign country — came on the last day of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s trip. Their visit to New York and his to Washington was the first time either of them has visited those cities.

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Jason DeCrow – Pool/Getty ImagesPrince William and Catherine go to the St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner on Dec. 9, 2014 in New York City.

After the museum, the royal couple watched dance and storytelling performances at The Door, a youth development organization. Tapping his feet quietly during a hip-hop-style dance performance, William also showed he was moved by one young man’s story of his father’s incarceration and his own brush with a jail term in an assault case.

“I had a low period in my life, and never in a million years did I expect I would be performing for the duke and duchess,” Steven Prescod, 22, said later.

William approached Prescod and peer educator Ely Olivero, 22, after the show, calling it “incredible,” Olivero said.

The royals went on to a reception celebrating the arts, with guests including actor Patrick Stewart and producer Harvey Weinstein. And William got a look at the view from the Empire State Building’s famous 86th-floor observatory while attending an innovation-focused reception with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The duke and duchess ended their trip at a black-tie scholarship fundraiser for their alma mater, St. Andrews, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Kate wore a dark green crepe, pleated, off-the-shoulder Jenny Packham dress, one she has worn before.

The Daily Telegraph, with files from The Associated Press

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AP Photo/Craig RuttlePrince William, the Duke of Cambridge, walks outside the Empire State Buidling in New York Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014.
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Paul Edwards – Pool/Getty ImagesPrince William, Duke of Cambridge visits the observation deck of the Empire State Building on Dec. 9, 2014 in New York City.
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Kena Betancur-Pool/Getty ImagesKate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, are applauded by students and staff after a visit to “The Door” and the City Kids Foundation, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 in New York.
AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool

NEW YORK — No one visiting the 9/11 Memorial in New York expects to be anything but moved, but the Duchess of Cambridge admitted she was unprepared for just how affecting it would be as she spoke of her “awe” at what she was seeing.

After laying a wreath to the victims at the site of the twin towers, the Duchess described her emotional response at being able to touch the names of the nearly 3,000 victims cut into bronze rails around the monument’s reflecting pools. On the final day of the Duke and Duchess’s brief visit to the U.S., she placed a bouquet of white roses, the state flower of New York, on part of the memorial.

A handwritten message on the flowers said, “In sorrowful memory of those who died on 11th September, and in admiration of the courage shown to rebuild,” followed by their signatures, William and Catherine.

Allison Blais, the museum’s chief of staff, said the Duchess “talked about how in awe she was of the enormity of the space. It was something she did not anticipate. She also talked about how moving the memorial was, and being able to touch the names of the victims outside on the pools.”

AP Photo/Richard Drew, PoolKate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William are escorted by Joe Daniels, CEO of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, during their visit to the memorial, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014.

Joe Daniels, the museum’s chief executive and president, said: “You could see it really in both their eyes, the sort of care and curiosity they had for the story of what happened and the people who died that day.”

A handful of onlookers braved the wet weather for a glimpse of the royals.

“I love them so much,” said Kristina Crossan, a 24-year-old teacher from New Jersey. Her mother, Marianne Crossan, called the rain “a small price to pay.”

Curious museum-goers stood by to get a look at the royals — including the pregnant Kate’s hot-pink Mulberry coat, black tights, and black stiletto-heeled pumps, over a black dress from maternity designer Seraphine. Other fans braved heavy, cold rain outside.

AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool

AP Photo/Richard Drew, PoolPrince William, Duke of Cambridge and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, view the art installation of Spencer Finch during a tour of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 in New York.

The royals, now 32, were beginning their studies at the University of St. Andrews when the attacks happened.

The morning visit to the World Trade Center site where 67 British citizens died — the most of any foreign country — came on the last day of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s trip. Their visit to New York and his to Washington was the first time either of them has visited those cities.

Jason DeCrow - Pool/Getty Images

Jason DeCrow – Pool/Getty ImagesPrince William and Catherine go to the St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner on Dec. 9, 2014 in New York City.

After the museum, the royal couple watched dance and storytelling performances at The Door, a youth development organization. Tapping his feet quietly during a hip-hop-style dance performance, William also showed he was moved by one young man’s story of his father’s incarceration and his own brush with a jail term in an assault case.

“I had a low period in my life, and never in a million years did I expect I would be performing for the duke and duchess,” Steven Prescod, 22, said later.

William approached Prescod and peer educator Ely Olivero, 22, after the show, calling it “incredible,” Olivero said.

The royals went on to a reception celebrating the arts, with guests including actor Patrick Stewart and producer Harvey Weinstein. And William got a look at the view from the Empire State Building’s famous 86th-floor observatory while attending an innovation-focused reception with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The duke and duchess ended their trip at a black-tie scholarship fundraiser for their alma mater, St. Andrews, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Kate wore a dark green crepe, pleated, off-the-shoulder Jenny Packham dress, one she has worn before.

The Daily Telegraph, with files from The Associated Press

AP Photo/Craig Ruttle

AP Photo/Craig RuttlePrince William, the Duke of Cambridge, walks outside the Empire State Buidling in New York Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014.
Paul Edwards - Pool/Getty Images

Paul Edwards – Pool/Getty ImagesPrince William, Duke of Cambridge visits the observation deck of the Empire State Building on Dec. 9, 2014 in New York City.
Kena Betancur-Pool/Getty Images

Kena Betancur-Pool/Getty ImagesKate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, are applauded by students and staff after a visit to “The Door” and the City Kids Foundation, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 in New York.

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