Kate Middleton and Prince William will visit Birmingham on Thursday, it has been announced. The Prince and Princess of Wales will make a trip to Brum meet future leaders in the arts and creative industries.
William – who is a keen Aston Villa fan – and Kate will host designers, artists and playwrights at The Rectory in the Jewellery Quarter. The royal couple will hear about how the sector is growing and their guests’ experiences of opening and running a business in the city.
They 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.
Prince William and Kate’s visit comes just days ahead of the coronation. The pair are set for a reunion with Prince Harry at the event, which takes place on May 6.
It will see the largest military ceremonial operation in 70 years, with more than 6,000 men and women of the UK’s armed forces taking part in the historic royal event.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he is “incredibly proud of our brilliant military personnel”, adding: “As they stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our Commonwealth friends and allies, I know the hard work of thousands of our servicemen and women during the past weeks and months will culminate in an incredible display that will amaze crowds at home and across the world.”
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace noted the operation will be “spectacular”, saying: “We can be enormously proud of the professionalism and precision of our armed forces as they honour His Majesty, their new commander-in-chief.
“From the procession on The Mall, to the flypast over London, with gun salutes at sea and across the country, it will be a spectacular and fitting tribute and a privilege to take part in for all those involved and watching from afar.”