British royal couple pays respects at New York's September 11 Memorial

Tue Dec 9, 2014 2:00pm EST
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By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, paid a solemn visit on Tuesday to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, greeted by a small but resolute crowd of admirers who withstood driving rain and wind for a glimpse of the royal pair.

Kate, the duchess of Cambridge, laid a bouquet of white roses and a handwritten note at one of the two memorial pools marking where the World Trade Center towers once stood.

Etched along the pools are names of the nearly 3,000 people killed on Sept. 11, 2001, when two hijacked planes destroyed the twin towers.

The note, signed by the couple, read: "In sorrowful memory of those who died on 11th September, and in admiration of the courage shown to rebuild."

The couple, who are expecting their second child in April, are making their first visit to New York City.

At the memorial, they waved briefly to bystanders before heading inside to tour the museum exhibits of artifacts and photographs from the day of the attacks.

Kate wore a fuchsia Mulberry coat that stood out brightly in the gray of a rainy day but hid her baby bump.

Huddled under an umbrella was Ben Jones of Leeds, England, who said he and his wife had planned a trip to the memorial and were quite surprised to find their country's royals there at the same time.   Continued...

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visit the National September 11 Memorial and Museum during their official Royal Visit to the United States in New York December 9, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Sabo/Pool