Prince William and Princess Kate land in Boston for milestone royal tour

The Prince and Princess of Wales have landed in Boston for their first visit to the US in eight years.

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Ahead of the annual Earthshot Prize awards ceremony, Prince William and Princess Kate will embark on a three-day tour of Boston, which is famed for its Irish heritage, sports and history.

WATCH: The Prince and Princess of Wales arrive in Boston

After landing in the US, Prince William said: "Catherine and I are delighted to be back in the United States and are extremely grateful to Governor Baker and The First Lady of Massachusetts for their warm welcome into Boston.

"On this, our first overseas visit since the death of my grandmother, I would like to thank the people of Massachusetts and particularly of Boston for their many tributes paid to the late Queen. She remembered her 1976 bicentennial visit with great fondness.

Princess Kate and William smiling
Princess Kate and William smiling

The royal couple appeared in high spirits

"My grandmother was one of life's optimists. And so am I. That is why last year we launched the Earthshot Prize with the ambition to create a truly global platform to inspire hope and urgent optimism as we look to save the future of our planet.

"To the people of Boston, thank you. I'm so grateful to you for allowing us to host the second year of the Earthshot prize in your great city. Catherine and I can’t wait to meet many of you in the days ahead."

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William and Kate flew with British Airways

In lieu of a private jett, the royal couple boarded a commercial British Airways flight from London to Logan International Airport. And according to fellow passengers, William and Kate were "utterly delightful".

The plane carrying William and Kate
The plane carrying William and Kate

Prince William and Princess Kate flew into Logan International Airport

Dressed to impress, the mother-of-three opted for a flattering deep purple suit which she teamed with a stylish turtleneck. Princess Kate elevated her outfit with a pair of matching heels and a dazzling pair of statement earrings.

Prince William, meanwhile, looked particularly dapper in a dark suit and navy tie.

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During their royal tour, the royal couple will visit the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum with Caroline Kennedy, the late president's daughter.

They will also learn about the work local organisations are doing to mitigate the risk of rising sea levels to Boston, and when they tour the Greentown Labs, in the nearby town of Somerville, they will get an insight into the development of innovative green technologies.

Princess Kate smiling
Princess Kate smiling

The mum-of-three opted for an aubergine-hued suit

At the premises of Roca, a non-profit organisation supporting disadvantaged young people, they will hear about the issues they face and Kate, who launched the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood in 2021, will visit the Centre on the Developing Child at Harvard University.

Kate and William arriving in Boston
Kate and William arriving in Boston

Princess Kate looked radiant

The royal couple kicked off their royal tour at Boston City Hall on Wednesday evening where they met with Boston's Mayor, Michelle Wu. The duo were greeted with cheers from the crowds as they took to the stage.

Prince William delivered a brilliant speech before switching on vibrant green lights lighting up City Hall and other prominent buildings.

Addressing the crowds, William said: "May I say thank you to all the hardy Bostonians braving the rain this evening. Catherine and I are absolutely delighted to be with you today for our first engagement in the great city of Boston, as we start the countdown to The Earthshot Prize awards this Friday."

Kate in Burberry
Kate in Burberry

Princess Kate slipped into a Burberry dress

Whilst on tour, the royal couple will be supported by a whole team of people to ensure the smooth-running of their trip. From Kate's personal hairdresser and stylist to the couple's private secretaries and press officers, the couple's entourage plays a big part in the success of every tour.

Kate and William turning on the lights
Kate and William turning on the lights

The royal duo helped switch on the green lights

The last time Prince William and Princess Kate visited the United States was in November 2014, when they were guests of then-President Barack Obama at the White House.

Meanwhile, among those presenting the Earthshot Prize awards are the Oscar-winning actor Rami Malek, Home Alone and Schitt’s Creek star Catherine O'Hara and environmental activist and Big Little Lies star Shailene Woodley.

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david-attenborough-earthshot

Sir David Attenborough attended the inaugural Earthshot Prize awards ceremony

Earthshot Prize council members Sir David Attenborough and Cate Blanchett will both provide voiceovers during the ceremony, which will be presented by UK broadcaster Clara Amfo and US actor Daniel Dae Kim.

A woman holding a sign
A woman holding a sign

Fans waited out in the rain

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A royal source told HELLO!: "The prize has become the Prince's Superbowl moment of the year, and he looks forward to continuing to use the platform each year to shine a light on some of the most impactful projects doing amazing things around the world to save our planet's future."

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boston-royal-watchers

Royal watchers awaiting the arrival of Prince William and Kate

William described the finalists as "innovators, leaders, and visionaries" and said they proved there are "many reasons to be optimistic about the future of our planet".

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boston-city-hall-plaza

Eager royal fans gathered outside the City Hall Plaza

He went on to say: "They are directing their time, energy, and talent towards bold solutions with the power to not only solve our planet's greatest environmental challenges, but to create healthier, more prosperous, and more sustainable communities for generations to come".

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