A Look-Back At Prince William's Awkward Dance That Had The Crowd Cheering In Tuvalu
December 4, 2018 16:00 By Mambee
For the most part, the Duke of Cambridge acts dignified and classy during royal events. Every once in a while, however, we see he has a playful side that only makes him more relatable to everyone.
One of the few instances we have been priviledged to see it took place when he and the Duchess visited the Pacific island of Tuvalu during their 2012 tour of the Polynesian islands. The Islanders had earlier informed William and Kate that there was a special tradition of carrying visitors who arrive by sea, but the royal couple had no idea what this entailed until they arrived.
As they touched down, 25 men came out carrying a home-made double throne as they performed what is known as the Falekaupule ceremony. The couple was carried on the throne and garlands of flowers were placed on their heads.
This was how the tour of the island began. They visited the primary school and other locations before finally arriving at Vaiaku Falekaupule, a community hall. Prince William gave a speech appreciating how welcoming the Islanders were and what a memorable experience they had.
For us, however, the most memorable part of the visit was when the crowd broke out in a traditional song and dance and the Duke and Duchess, being the good sport they are, decided to join in.
While the Duchess held her own for the most part, we could not help but smile as the Duke tried a few dance moves for himself to the delight of the crowd. Even though he was hilariously awkward, it was still cute to see him try.
It's been six years since that particular experience. We wonder if Prince William would be quite keen to do this again if the opportunity presented itself.