MEET nine-year-old Ivan Leyland - a little boy with some serious royal connections.
For Ivan has met not one but two royal, and both occasions were pure coincidence.
The Lansbury School pupil’s just happened to be visiting Alder Hey Children’s Hospital for a check-up on Valentine’s Day - the same day Princess Kate’s much-heralded tour.
And 18 months ago, he bumped into her husband Prince William while the Windle youngster was at Alder Hey
Ivan’s meeting with the Duchess of Cambridge was captured by waiting photographers and made it onto the front page of a national newspaper!
A family friend said: “Ivan’s spent a bit of time in hospital with problems with his liver, but it’s incrediable that he’s bumped into two of the world’s highest profile royals.
“Ivan had a union flag with him with William and Kate’s faces on it, so she commented on that to him.
“He’s abosoutely made up that he got to met Kate and that she stopped and took the time to talk to him.
“She was really wonderful with all children. Kneeling down to their level when she was talking to them.
“Ivan was just in as a day patient and didn’t know anything about the royal visit.
“It was just a wonderful day.”