William and Kate were so charmed by the sight of an eight year-old boy dressed as a Grenadier Guard during an engagement in Boston that they requested to meet the youngster.
Henry Dynov-Teixeira, eight, was whisked behind a security cordon to meet the Prince and Princess of Wales at Greentown Labs in a suburb of the Massachusetts city on Thursday.
He promptly pulled a salute for Wills and Kate, who were evidently charmed by the youngster’s pluck.
Henry donned the costume after becoming obsessed with all-things royal following a trip to Buckingham Palace earlier this year, which included the chance to watch the changing of the guard.
The delighted youngster handed a bouquet of roses to William and Kate, who knelt to shake his hand and exchange words with the little royal superfan.
Henry, who attends the private British School of Boston, told DailyMail.com: ‘First of all it was crazy meeting the prince and princess.
‘It was crazy. I wasn’t actually that nervous now that I think about it when I actually did it.
‘They said “Oh my goodness, thank you so much.” They said they loved the costume, like everybody else.
‘It was like absolutely insane because it was my first time meeting the royal family.’
His mum, Melissa Teixeira, added: ‘That was surreal, that was really spectacular. It was a real experience what a beautiful day in Somerville.
‘I think they were surprised to Henry as a British guard. The Princess is terrific with children of course.
‘She just gave him great compliments and he gave her compliments so it was a really nice experience.
‘Henry did get to mention his visit to London and he asked where George was and she shared that he was in school. She asked if he should be in school and he said yes – and laughed of course.’
Henry Dynov-Teixeira, left, got to meet with William and Kate in Somerville, Massachusetts, on Thursday after dressing as a Grenadier Guard to welcome the couple to an environmentally-friendly laboratory they paid a visit to
The Princess of Wales looked particularly charmed by the eight year-old’s outfit – complete with traditional bearskin – and told Henry that her nine year-old son Prince George had to miss the trip because he’s at school
At one point, Henry even gave the couple a salute. His mother Melissa (pictured left) was thrilled by the surprise 1-1 with the royal couple, and branded the encounter ‘spectacular’
Henry Dynov-Teixeira, pictured, donned a King’s Guard uniform to welcome the Prince and Princess of Wales to an engagement in Boston on Thursday morning
Henry attends a British school in Boston, and was bowled over by the changing of the guard during a trip to Buckingham Palace earlier this year
Kate and William are pictured arriving at Greentown Labs in Somerville, Massachusetts, on Thursday morning
First-in-line to the throne William donned black Chelsea boots and a navy suit for the engagement, and was greeted by excited crowds
Kate looked typically-elegant in a wine-colored trouser suit, pink pussy-bow blouse and wine-colored pumps which she accessorized with a matching Chanel purse
Before his exciting encounter with the royals, Henry joked that he loves the British family so much because he ‘wants to live in Buckingham Palace’, which was ‘really nice’.
His mom, Melissa Teixeira, 42, added: ‘He goes to a British school so naturally we wanted to check out the UK and when we visited we were really excited about the changing of the guard.
‘We think the royal family are wonderful people. We follow them as much as we can and they’ve never before been to Sommerville.’
William and Kate were greeted by huge cheers and applause as they arrived at Greentown Labs. The couple pulled up outside in a hybrid Range Rover, specially selected to match the climate message of their trip.
They shook hands with officials outside the building before turning to smile and wave at the huge crowds – triggering excited cheers.
British ex-pat Rebecca Wyman, 33,from London and her Australian friend Prue Clifford, 37, who live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, waved Union Jack flags as they awaited the royals’ arrival.
Rebecca said: ‘They have come to our home. We live ten minutes away – they have come to knock on our door practically. I think it’s really exciting and clearly there’s an appetite for it here.’
Prue added: ‘I think the Earthshot prize is great – there needs to be a greater focus on environmental causes.’
Freezing weather didn’t stop hundreds of royal lovers gathering for a glimpse of the Prince and Princess of Wales at a climate innovation company near Boston on Thursday afternoon.
Crowds began to form at security gates outside Greentown Labs, about 15 minutes outside Boston, several hours before the royal couple’s arrival, which was expected at 10.30am.
William and Kate were due to meet with members of start-up companies that have had investment from Greentown Labs – with those companies working towards objectives that align with the five Earthshot targets: fix the climate, protect and restore nature, build a waste-free world, revive the oceans and clean the air.
Rebecca Wyman, left, and Prue Clifford, right, were also excited to see the royals arriving at Greentown Labs in Somerville, Massachusetts
A large crowd of excited well-wishers showed up to see the future king and queen, who received warm applause when they showed up
Greentown is recognized as the largest climate technology start-up incubator in North America, having supported more than 500 companies since its founding that have collectively created more than 9,000 jobs and raised more than $4 billion in funding.
William and Kate met with the Chief Executive Officer of Greentown Labs and the President of the Northeast Clean Energy Council, to learn about the history of Greentown Labs and how it is contributing to global efforts to address the climate crisis.
Sommerville is where the first American national flag, known as the Continental Colours, was raised in 1776 at the behest of George Washington.
On Monday night, the Prince and Princess of Wales watched a Boston Celtics basketball game after meeting the city’s Mayor Michelle Wu at Boston City Hall.
Kate Middleton didn’t let the rain dampen her style spirits on Wednesday evening as she stepped out an in all-green ensemble made up of British fashion designs to attend the launch of Prince William’s Earthshot Prize in Boston
Kate opted to pay tribute to the theme of the evening – green living – by wearing a plaid green Burberry dress, pairing the demure design with a pair of matching $430 heeled pumps from Emmy London and a $1,035 dark green Mulberry bag
Wills and Kate are pictured at a Boston Celtics game on Wednesday night
They flew into Boston as a royal racism scandal erupted back home in London. Wills’ godmother Lady Susan Hussey was made to resign from her role as lady-in-waiting to Queen Camilla after repeatedly asking black charity founder Ngozi Fulani where she was from, and whether she was born in Africa.
Fulani is British. The royal couple’s first US visit since 2014 was further upstaged by the release of the trailer for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcoming Netflix documentary.
That show is expected to premiere on December 8, and shows Wills’ brother Harry and his sister-in-law Meghan alluding to difficulties they suffered during Meghan’s brief stint as a working royal.
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