Duke ‘bowled’ over by work of charity on visit to shelter

The Duke of Cambridge meets schoolchildren at St Basil's Charity project in Birmingham.
The Duke of Cambridge meets schoolchildren at St Basil's Charity project in Birmingham.
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The Duke of Cambridge has praised the work being done to help young people at risk of ending up living on the street, during a visit to a homeless shelter in Birmingham.

William met more than 20 people aged between 16 and 25 at a centre run by the charity St Basil’s.

The facility – part of a network of centres in the Midlands – offers a safe, supported environment, accommodation and access to training and education, and the Duke told his hosts he was “bowled over” by the charity’s work after meeting the young residents.

William, who is patron of homeless charity Centrepoint – an affiliate of St Basil’s – was visiting to endorse the End Youth Homelessness alliance of which both charities are members.

He has been a patron of Centrepoint since September 2005.

On Tuesday, William grabbed headlines by joining rock star Jon Bon Jovi and singer Taylor Swift on stage to sing a rendition of Livin’ On A Prayer at an event at Kensington Palace in aid of the charity.

His hosts in Birmingham were quick to remind him of his unplanned performance, with one urging him: “You haven’t rapped yet?”

William laughed: “I draw the line there.”