Prince William and Kate Middleton have announced joint engagements this upcoming week as they head to Scotland.
The Duke and Duchess arrive in Glasgow this Wednesday where they will visit the Wheatley Group to learn how the company is helping better the lives of vulnerable people, including those close to homelessness.
The royal couple is also due to meet with local tenants staying at Wheatley Homes Glasgow and a family who had received support from the Wheatley Group who now live in a new-built home.
These visits will be of special interest for Prince William as the issue of homelessness has long been one of his focuses.
The royal trip also takes place during Mental Health Week, one of the engagements commemorating this will have William and Kate visit the University of Glasgow to talk to students, academics and recent alumni about mental health.
In particular, the royal couple will speak to researchers and students at the university’s School of Psychology and Neuroscience, where work is being done to learn more about how mental wellbeing can be impacted both positively and negatively.
The institute also helps inform initiatives taken by the University of Glasgow and the wider community to better the mental health of students.
The royals will also meet with members of the wider public immediately following their visit to the University.
Scotland certainly holds a special place in the royal couple’s hearts, as it’s where William and Kate met and fell in love whilst studying at St. Andrew’s University.
During his speech at the Opening Ceremony of the General Assembly of The Church of Scotland, William revealed that Scotland holds his “happiest memories” and his “saddest”.
“I was in Balmoral when I was told that my mother had died. Still in shock, I found sanctuary in the service at Crathie Kirk that very morning,” said the prince.
“And in the dark days of grief that followed, I found comfort and solace in the Scottish outdoors. As a result, the connection I feel to Scotland will forever run deep.”
Prince William then spoke of the happier memories. “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.”