Duke and Duchess visited Coventry for a day full of engagements

Duke and Duchess visited Coventry for a day full of engagements
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Today the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge undertook their first joint engagement of the year. They visited Coventry with a daylong itinerary.

Upon arrival hundreds of royal fans were waiting for their arrival. They were given a huge and warm welcome in Coventry.

The visit was to congratulate the city on becoming the new UK city of Culture and to open Coventry University’s new Science and Health Building. The couple thanked the Coventry locals who helped put together their programme.

Duke and Duchess visited Coventry for a day full of engagements
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The first stop of the day was the Coventry Cathedral which dates back to the 15th Century. Before going inside the couple met the people waiting for them outside the Cathedral.

Duke and Duchess visited Coventry for a day full of engagements
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Couple chatted with locals and Duchess received flowers and teddy bears.

Then the Duke and Duchess tour the cathedral and see ruins of the original building which was destroyed by Luftwaffe bombs during WWII.

Duke and Duchess visited Coventry for a day full of engagements
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The new Cathedral was completed in 1962 and consecrated that year in the presence of The Queen accompanied by Princess Margaret.

Duke and Duchess visited Coventry for a day full of engagements
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After the tour the couple met the local community gathered inside the cathedral. And then took part in the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation. The Litany is prayed at noon each weekday in Coventry Cathedral and in the Cathedral ruins on Fridays by those inspired by its story. The prayer hopes to encourage a culture of reconciliation and peace.

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Duke and Duchess visited Coventry for a day full of engagements
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They also met staff and volunteers at the Cathedral Rising Café – a social enterprise aimed at providing work and opportunity for those overcoming drug and alcohol addictions.

Duke and Duchess visited Coventry for a day full of engagements
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At the café a selection of beautifully decorated cakes, scones were prepared for the couple with afternoon tea. There Kate also revealed that she does not like Almond like despite the reports that led the volunteers there to place it on the menu.

Duke and Duchess visited Coventry for a day full of engagements
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The next stop was the Coventry University. Couple was there to open new Science and Health Building of Coventry University.

The £59 million facility trains nurses, midwives, paramedics and other health professionals using the latest technology and simulation methods.

Duke and Duchess visited Coventry for a day full of engagements
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William and Kate met the staff and volunteers. They also met some of the patients of the facility.

Duke and Duchess visited Coventry for a day full of engagements
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The couple was given the tour of the facility and briefed about the facilities provided to patients there.

Duke and Duchess visited Coventry for a day full of engagements
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This facility is the only of its kind in the UK, where students can learn to care for a patient at every stage of their medical experience; from paramedics arriving at their house and their ambulance journey, to their stay in hospital, through to their rehabilitation at home.

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After the tour William and Catherine officially opened the Science & Health Building.
Duke and Duchess visited Coventry for a day full of engagements
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The final stop of today’s itinerary was the Positive Youth Foundation.

Duke and Duchess visited Coventry for a day full of engagements
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The Foundation works with over 2,500 young people each year, living in challenging circumstances and provides services to help them make positive lifestyle choices.

Duke and Duchess visited Coventry for a day full of engagements
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The Royal couple joined a session for young people newly arrived into the UK and saw first-hand the work of the foundation. The charity formed an integral part of Coventry’s successful UK City of Culture 2021 bid.

At PYF the couple watched number of performances.

Duke and Duchess visited Coventry for a day full of engagements
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The Duchess joined in the mental health discussion while William headed towards the music and sports area of the foundation.

Duke and Duchess visited Coventry for a day full of engagements
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At the end of the Kate was given a PYF kit as gift for her third baby.

Duke and Duchess visited Coventry for a day full of engagements
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For today’s day out once againDuchess chose another maternity piece from her second pregnancy. She wore cerise pink Mulberry coat that she first wore in 2014 for New York trip.

Mulberry Creise Pink Coat
Pink Mulberry Coat

The coat was described as ,” ‘A double-breasted coat is a timeless winter style with a reassuringly classic silhouette. Updated in vibrant cerise, this version has beautiful finishing details including elegant horn buttons and contrasting midnight blue lining.”

Duchess of Cambridge Tod’s Suede Pumps
Tod’s Suede Pumps

Duchess paired the coat with her trusty Tod’s black suede block heel pumps.

Duchess of Cambridge Mulberry Bayswater clutch
Mulberry Bayswater clutch

Kate carried her black suede Mulberry clutch and wore Cornelia James Beatrice gloves.

 

Cornelia James Beatrice Gloves
Cornelia James Beatrice Gloves

Kiki McDonough Morganite earrings finished the look.

Kiki McDonough Morganite earrings
Kiki McDonough Morganite earrings

It was an excitement filled day full of different activities that both Coventry and the royal couple enjoyed.


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