The Prince and Princess of Wales have made a trip to Birmingham to celebrate its diverse culture by meeting future leaders in the arts and creative industries.
The couple greeted crowds during their first public appearance since it was revealed that Harry will be inside Westminster Abbey to watch King Charles and Queen Camilla being crowned on May 6.
William was the target of many of Harry’s allegations in book Spare and his Netflix docu-series, so organisers are reportedly trying to keep the pair as far away from each other as possible.
According to experts, “warm interactions” between the brothers are not anticipated and William has rejected his brother’s demand for a meeting before the Coronation happens.
Despite the tensions within the family, Kate and Wills were all smiles as they began an eventful day out in Brum.
The first stop on their visit will be local restaurant is The Indian Streatery, where they will meet the team as well as a group of local catering students from University College of Birmingham who are currently working there.
William and Kate will then host designers, artists and playwrights at The Rectory, a pub in the historic Jewellery Quarter.
They will hear about how the sector is growing and their guests’ experiences of opening and running a business in the city.
The Prince and Princess of Wales will then join guests for a game of interactive darts downstairs in the 180 Club before greeting members of the public outside.
The Jewellery Quarter is a hub for artistic businesses in the city, which produces up to 40% of all jewellery made in the UK.
William is a keen Aston Villa supporter, so is a regular visitor to Birmingham to watch his side play at Villa Park.
The heir to the throne has also started bringing football mad Prince George along for matches – with the nine-year-old recently enjoying watching a crunch match against Nottingham Forest.
George was an adorable mini-me of William, mirroring his expressions and clutching his hands to the side of his face during one tense close call, with both wearing a navy blue jumper and pale blue open-necked shirt.
The young prince will have a starring role at the Coronation, while his siblings are expected to form part of the procession back to Buckingham Palace.
But his cousins, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, have not been invited and will remain at their home in California with mum Meghan Markle.