BROOKLINE, MASS. (WHDH) – From their home in Brookline, former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis and former first lady Kitty Dukakis had memories to share as the royals arrived in Boston on Wednesday afternoon.
At City Hall, William and Kate had the opportunity to see an exhibit containing photographs from Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Boston in 1976 during the United States Bicentennial when Dukakis was Governor of Massachusetts.
“It takes me back to 1976 and what happened that day,” Dukakis said
He hinted at the moment during his governorship when he welcomed the Queen to the state. The Queen walked down the gangplank of the royal yacht and began sliding down the ramp seconds before she set foot on American soil for the first time.
The Dukakis said it was close.
“We were afraid Michael would have to touch her,” Kitty said. Fortunately, such a crisis was averted.
“[The Queen] kind of came down with a bump but didn’t fall and said, ‘Good morning,'” the former governor said.
Dukakis said he has no plans to meet the prince and princess during their time in Boston, but said infrequent visits from royals are a huge boost for the state.
“It’s great to have them and we welcome them. I hope they will have a great time.”
William and Kate in Boston to announce the winners Earthshot Prize at a ceremony at MGM Music Hall in Fenway on Friday. Boston was chosen for the location in recognition of the city’s efforts to address climate change in innovative ways.
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