Kate Middleton took the term “jet set” and brought it to a new level on Wednesday while Prince William stood by and watched. The couple toured the Rolls-Royce jet engine factory in Singapore, where the jet engines are made for some of the world’s largest aircraft. When Kate and William came upon the test area where they actually rev up a jet engine and put it through a test, the royal couple was asked if they’d like to give it a go.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, there was no hesitation from either one of the two royals as William loudly responded, “Yes, we will!” William exercised the royal etiquette of ladies before gentlemen and Kate took a seat in front of the “bank of screens” while placing her hand on the throttle. With William and the engineers keeping a watchful eye on Kate, she started her trial run.
Kate slowly pushed the throttle as the rumble filled the huge plant. The Trent 1000 engine Kate was operating was made for a 787 Dreamliner plane. The engine started to wind back down as Kate slowly pulled the throttle back. Nothing gets by Kate and she noticed that the throttle would only go so far.
Once the engine was off, she asked the engineer “Did that sound OK?” The engineer replied that it “was perfect.” Kate mentioned the restriction of movement with the throttle as it would only go so far and the engineer said that she was right, there was a restriction on how far she could go. Kate then sparked laughter when saying, “So I wouldn’t break it?” William piped in with, “Try not to break any engines.”
Video: Check out Kate and Prince William at a state dinner Tuesday night in Singapore.
Kate even looked stylish in her wrap around safety glasses, according to the Mirror UK. When the royal couple first entered the Rolls-Royce facility, they were greeted by a long line of workers cheering their arrival. William also gave a speech celebrating the British success story of Rolls-Royce. Before leaving Kate fitted the last of 24 fan blades to a Trent 900 engine and was then presented with a bouquet of flowers from five year-old Mauve Low.
The little girl was picked by the Make a Wish Foundation to hand the flowers to Kate. Little Mauve was given the “all-clear” from lymphoma and certainly had a lot to celebrate. Kate and William bent down and spent a few minutes talking with the little girl who was “tongue tied” from all the festivities but her smile was worth a thousand words.
Reference: Belfast Telegraph, Mirror UK