Kate Middleton shocks onlookers by speaking this language during official visit – Express - http://travelporn.info | luxury travel sitesNovember 29, 2018 1:37 pm Categorised in: Travel News
Kate Middleton, 36, has travelled with her husband Prince William, 36, to many countries for both official work visits and personal holidays. She will visit Cyprus next month for the first time to throw a Christmas Party for military personnel. Many may not realise that she also lived in Florence for three months during her gap year where she studied art after finishing sixth form. She admitted she remembers none of the Italian language during her time there.
Kate shocked onlookers, however, during a visit to Leicester for the memorial service in remembrance of the victims of the helicopter crash which claimed Leicester City football chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
While greeting the crowd, she managed to speak Italian after one fan said she was from the country.
In the video posted to Instagram, she said to the woman with a smile, “How shall we say, ciao?”, resulting in cheers from the crowd.
“I have to practice my languages, they are so bad,” she admitted.
She also hoped Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were good foreign speakers: “My language is so bad, I have to make sure my children are better than me.”
She spent a few months in Italy 18 years ago, just before she met Prince Harry at St Andrews University.
Despite remembering little of the language, she spent three hours a day learning the language alongside Renaissance art lectures.
While she now admits she cannot speak any languages very well, her children are currently speaking Spanish thanks to their Spanish nanny.
Prince George is said to be able to count to ten in the language and is the only member of the Royal Family who has learn Spanish.
The Queen can speak French fluently having spoken during a dinner for ten minutes in the language.
Prince Charles has tried his hand at Welsh while Prince Harry has spoken Arabic during a Dubai event.
Prince Philip, despite originally being Greek, remembers known of the language having fled the island when he was just one year old.
Most Royal Family members learn some of the basic language before heading to a country on an official overseas tour.
According to etiquette expert Myka Meier, it is to show respect.
“It is the correct protocol to practice the etiquette of the country or culture you are visiting, in order to show respect, so each royal knows how to make the best first impression,” she told Readers Digest.