Prince William has visited his royal patronage, the Fields of Trust, at the Orkney Island during his royal tour of Scotland with his wife, Kate Middleton.
The Duke of Cambridge went to the renewable energy center to express support for the workers and to also get an update on the activities of the organization. As an advocate for curbing climate change, Prince William wanted to see how the charity has been doing to protect the green spaces around the United Kingdom.
But his visit to the Fields of Trust bears a special connection as well because he inherited these roles as royal patron and the organization's president from his grandfather, Prince Philip. According to Royal Central UK, the late Duke of Edinburgh was the organization's president for over 60 years before passing on the role to William.
William has been active with Fields of Trust since 2011, when he supported the Fields Challenge for Queen Elizabeth during her Diamond Jubilee, where they aimed to protect 1,396 playgrounds, woodlands, reserves and bike paths. Before his wedding to Middleton, the Duke of Cambridge graced a royal engagement in Blackburn to inaugurate the first Fields in honor of his grandmother.
The Duke of Cambridge is carrying on with the legacy of his grandfather who was described as someone heavily involved with safeguarding green spaces amid commercial and residential developments in the country. During Philip's leadership, the Fields of Trust were able to widen their reach and protection, spanning 28,865 acres despite calls to turn these fields into other uses.
Meanwhile, William and Middleton revealed that their children -- Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis -- miss their great-grandfather, who died at the age of 99 years old in April 2021. In a thank you note for the royal fans, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said that the messages of condolences they've received from the people have been a source of comfort, especially for their young children.
William's royal tour of Scotland will also be a trip down memory lane with his wife of 10 years as they will be visiting St. Andrew's University, where they met and fell in love in 2001. Prince William and Middleton graduated from the university in 2005. The couple will be meeting up with the current students to ask them about how they are coping with the restrictions during the pandemic.