The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently visiting Scotland, spending the whole day in Orkney, where the two royals met with a group of local schoolchildren who were gathered outside the European Marine Energy Centre eagerly awaiting the royals’ arrival.
Kate shared a sweet moment with one of the schoolchildren, only barely keeping it together after being asked a hilarious question. “Are you a Prince?” one child asked Kate, pointing at the mum-of-three as she bent down. Shaking her head, Kate replied: “I’m not a Prince. I’m the Duchess of Cambridge. Lots of people call me Catherine.”
Then another one of the children, a little girl, shouted out: “She’s a Princess!”, to which Kate replied by asking her: “Are you? Are you a Princess?” When the girl shook her head, the Duchess replied: “Aww, you look like one in your beautiful pink coat.”
“It’s very nice to meet you all,” Kate added. “Have you been having a look at all the boats? It’s very cool isn’t it?”
During their whirlwind tour of Scotland, the Duke and Duchess visited the energy centre to learn about Orkney’s push for carbon zero and hydrogen power. The couple also took a boat trip out to sea to visit the world’s largest tidal energy turbine, the 2MW ‘O2’. Unfortunately only the two of them are on this mini-tour, with their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis all staying behind in London.
For this visit, Kate went with a casual look, combining her Seeland Woodcock Advanced Jacket, with blue jeans and brown ankle boots.
Earlier in the day, the Duke and Duchess formally opened the Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall, which opened its doors back in 2019, finally replacing the old hospital, that had been working for around 90 years. While there, the royals met a number of NHS staff to hear more about their experiences over the past year.
For that engagement, Kate picked a more stylish outfit, wearing a camel Massimo Dutti coat with a matching jumper and wide-leg trousers, and finishing the look off by accessorising with a scarf in Strathearn tartan – a nod to her Scottish title, the Countess of Strathearn.