Prince William ditches protocol to hug pensioner: Photos

Prince William dropped royal regulations in his last public appearance, doing something royals rarely do.

Prince William ditched royal regulations to kiss a tearful pensioner during a visit to Scotland yesterday.

The Duke of Cambridge hugged pensioner William Burns, 66, who was overcome with emotion at meeting the future king during his two-day tour of the country.

Such interactions with the audience usually involve a bow, curtsey or polite handshake, as has been royal tradition for centuries.

But Wills tore up the rules to hail his Glasgow namesake.

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As the old man cried as Wills gave him a hug as Kate Middleton beamed beside them.

The Duke was joined by Kate for the Scottish visit – their first outing since rumors of a ‘royal revolution’ over the weekend.

The couple would like to remove their titles and use their first names in order to maintain the modernity of the monarchy.

They were warmly welcomed by the Wheatley Group, a community hub transforming the lives of disadvantaged youth and families.

But elsewhere during their visit, the Duchess of Cambridge called on schools to teach empathy to young children to help their “emotional vocabulary” as adults.

Kate, 40, cooed at 10-month-old ‘little teacher’ Saul Molloy during a fun lesson with children as part of a program for parents of babies.

The aim of the project is to teach empathy to children and Kate yesterday called for it to be extended to more schools across the country.

Wills and Kate joined 35 seven-year-olds for the Roots of Empathy course at St John’s Primary School in Port Glasgow.

The Action For Children programme, of which Kate is patron, has been operating in Scotland for 12 years.

The results are said to show a reduction in violence in adults who took classes with babies and greater signs of empathy and emotional intelligence.

Kate took off her navy jacket and sat cross-legged in blue trousers, a blouse and heels for yesterday’s class.

Saul has been a so-called “little teacher” since he was four months old and spends a lesson every week with the children.

The youngsters quizzed Saul’s mother, Laura Molloy, 34, on updates such as whether he was walking and his height, before playing with toys with Saul on a green carpet.

Wills and Kate joined in nursery rhymes singing and doing the required actions Wheels on the Bus and Incy Wincy Spider.

Jokey William also squeaked the sole of his shoe on the ground to get Saul’s attention before joking: ‘Can you get my wife out of here before she gets sullen?’

This story originally appeared on The Sun and is republished here with permission.

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