Duchess Kate has just arrived in Scotland to join her husband, Prince William, on their first joint tour in months. The Palace announced that the future king and queen will visit Edinburgh and Fife, and “take a trip down memory lane” when they visit St. Andrews, the place where they first met 20 years ago. They will also travel to Orkney, marking the first time they will be there in an official capacity.
As their first joint engagement, the couple visited Turning Point Scotland in Coatbridge where they heard about the organizations work on addiction, crime and mental health challenges.
In tribute to Scotland, Duchess Kate has opted for a blue outfit: a Zara blazer combined with a skirt by Hope.
Yesterday during a visit to the Queen’s Bay Lodge, Prince William described how he was looking forward to Kate arriving in Scotland for the rest of his tour.
He said: “Catherine is coming up and I’m very much looking forward to it.”
Prince William headed to Scotland on Friday, ahead of his wife, to kick off the couple’s latest royal tour. It marked the first time he has visited in his role as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
William began the tour with a lengthy but powerful speech: “Scotland is the source of some of my happiest memories. But also, my saddest,” William said in his speech, explaining that he was at Balmoral “when I was told that my mother had died.”
“And yet alongside this painful memory, is one of great joy. Because it was here in Scotland–twenty years ago this year–that I first met Catherine.
“Needless to say, the town where you meet your future wife holds a very special place in your heart.”
Yesterday, on Sunday, Prince William stopped to see the work of charity the Grassmarket Community Project. While there, he received gifts made by the charity’s members. Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis each received a toy tartan Greyfriars Bobby dog, personalized with their names. Kate’s gift was a rose-shaped brooch made from Greyfriars tartan fabric.