Meeting a member of the royal family can be intimidating with all of the rules and traditions dictating how to greet them. But 101-year-old Jane Johnson handled it like a pro.
On Wednesday, Prince William and Kate Middleton stopped by The Fire Station, an iconic building in Sunderland that was recently converted into a music and arts hub. Representatives from Springboard, a Sunderland charity that helps build communities with apprenticeships, vocational training, and study programs, helped ensure that Johnson had a special moment with the royal couple.
Prince William speaks with Jane Johnson. Courtesy of Springboard. Johnson’s brother used to work at the old fire station, according to a photo posted by Sunderland reporter Sophie Brownson. The royal enthusiast and centenarian presented Prince William and Kate with flowers and chatted with them for a few moments.
Charlotte Hunter, Springboard’s fundraising and Events Officer, was standing next to Johnson’s granddaughter when they made her acquaintance. She noticed that the Duke and Duchess both took a little bit of extra time to make Johnson’s day.
“They both leaned in close and spoke slower and sweeter with soft tones so she could understand them, then were very attentive with her and spent time to make sure she knew she was a special guest,” Hunter told INSIDER.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge full name Catherine Elizabeth Kate Middleton was conceived on 9 January 1982 and is the spouse of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Following his dad Charles, Prince of Wales, William is second in line to succeed his grandma, Queen Elizabeth II, as ruler of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth domains, making Catherine a probable future ruler partner.
Catherine experienced childhood in Chapel Row, a town close Newbury, Berkshire, England. She contemplated workmanship history in Scotland at the University of St Andrews, where she met William in 2001. Their engagement was declared in November 2010 preceding they wedded on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey. The Duke and Duchess’ youngsters, Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, are third and fourth in the line of progression individually, and the couple are expecting their third tyke.
Catherine’s effect on British and American form has been known as the “Kate Middleton impact” in the media, and in 2012 and 2013, she was chosen as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time magazine.
In 2001, Middleton met Prince William while they were the two understudies in living arrangement at St Salvator’s Hall at the University of St Andrews. The couple started dating in 2003, despite the fact that their relationship stayed unsubstantiated. On 17 October 2005, Middleton whined through her legal advisor about badgering from the media, expressing that she had done nothing critical to warrant reputation.