A STUDENT at Ellesmere College has described the moment he met the Prince and Princess of Wales as ‘surreal’ because he had no idea it was about to happen.

Ellesmere College student Adam Thwaite, from Chester and a pupil at Ellesmere for the last two years, met William and Kate at an event for World Mental Health Day last week.

The ‘Exploring our Emotional Worlds’ young person's forum in Birmingham was attended by teenagers from across the UK but it was 17-year-old Adam who found himself sat beside the Princess.

“We were doing creative workshop activities and challenges which may form part of a new service to support young people to have good mental health,” he said.


“During the exercise, the Prince and Princess of Wales just appeared. 

“I didn’t know they would be there until they walked in and it was the most surreal moment, especially when the Princess came and sat next to me.

“She asked me questions about what we were doing and how I was finding the activity as well as joining in with the activity herself.

“We spoke about the importance of positive mental health and the Heads Together campaign which is run by The Royal Foundation.

“The Prince and Princess then both spoke about how they maintain positive mental health. It was like they were normal people – they spoke about spending time with friends, eating curry, putting their phones down and spending time with family. 

“When they are not working, they just sound like normal people.”

Adam was picked as a representative at the forum, hosted by The Royal Foundation, The Mix and supported by BBC Radio 1, as he is a Young Ambassador for Action for Children.

The sportsman was encouraged to apply for this role with the charity after he was part of a project where the organisation applied for lottery funding to raise money to help children and young people return to normal activities once Covid lockdowns were lifted.

As part of the role, Adam created a promotional video to show to other young people how sport and nutrition helps him stay mentally well

Adam’s mum Andrea was outside the building while her son attended the forum with a chaperone.

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“To get both the Prince and Princess in attendance was incredible," she said.

“I have really enjoyed asking Adam about his day and what they spoke about.

“I am so proud of him. He is a very active boy and is doing well managing his charity and sports commitments alongside his studies.”