Prince William embraces young child during sweet moment at RAF Coningsby

Prince William will have had royal fans swooning when he shared an adorable hug with a child during a visit to Royal Air Force (RAF) Coningsby, a military base in Lincolnshire, England.

The 40 year old father of three showed off his natural affinity with children when he bent down to chat to some sweet little children who were waiting in the crowd to catch a glimpse of the future King of England.

In one particularly gorgeous moment, he hugged a little boy who was wearing Pudsey bear ears, in a nod to BBC's Children in Need, which airs on TV tonight.

The Prince of Wales, who looked dapper in a navy suit with a white shirt, was his usual charming self as he chatted animatedly to members of the public who were there to greet him.

Prince William shares three children with his wife of 11 years, Kate Middleton: Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four.

The pair are known for their hands-on approach to parenting, which is a contrast to the old-school royal style of parenting, where children were often looked after by a team of nannies.

During William's visit to Royal Air Force (RAF) Coningsby, of which he is Honorary Air Commandant, he spent time in the Air Traffic Control Centre to hear about Project Marshall, a multi-billion-pound equipment upgrade programme of air traffic control radar services across Lincolnshire.

On display were new technologies used by ground crews from exoskeletons to virtual reality headsets, which allow the maintenance of Typhoon jets, flown by two Typhoon squadrons based at RAF Coningsby, to be carried out more efficiently.

Prince William and his wife Kate have taken on even more royal engagements as they are now two of the most senior members of the royal family, after William's father King Charles III and Camilla Queen Consort, following the death of the late Queen Elizabeth.

At the beginning of October, the royal family released an official portrait of the four together, signalling the new path for the monarchy, and King Charles' wish for a slimmed-down version after he became King.

In the caption was written: "Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort with Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Wales."

Kate and William have undertaken separate royal engagements this week, with William visiting RAF Coningsby, and earlier in the week, Kate toured a Ukrainian community centre that has been supporting families who have fled from the country following the Russian invasion.

During the visit, the 40 year old future Queen comforted a weeping mother who recalled her experience of leaving her home country after war broke out and then joined in with children taking part in an art session.


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