Prince William and Kate Middleton were getting into the party spirit today as they visited Soho ahead of the Coronation this weekend.
The Prince, 40, and Princess of Wales, 41, were in high spirits as they took the Elizabeth Line to the Dog & Duck Pub in London’s West End today.
Excited fans gathered in the street in large crowds to catch a glimpse of the couple ahead of the visit this afternoon and there were huge cheers when the royals appeared.
The couple heard how the pub and area is preparing for the Coronation Weekend from members of staff and also met representatives from other hospitality and recreation businesses in Soho.
Kate was elegant in her bespoke Eponine coat for the outing, which she paired with white heels and a smart white midi skirt.
Prince William, 40, and Kate Middleton, 41, were getting into the party spirit today as they visited Soho ahead of the Coronation this weekend
Excited royal fans gathered in huge crowds to catch a glimpse of the couple as they arrived at the pub in Soho today
The couple travelled to the engagement on The Elizabeth Line, where they chatted to members of TFL staff
Kate was elegant in her bespoke Eponine coat for the outing, which she paired with white heels and a smart white midi skirt
During the engagement, Kate told members of staff at the pub: ‘Yes, it’s going to be a busy time. We’re getting there. I still feel like we’re trying to get ducks in a row.’
The mother-of-three stepped out in a bespoke vibrant coat from Eponine, which is price on application only. The London boutique is a favourite of the mother-of-three’s, who previously wore a £1,650 coat and a top and skirt costing £1,200 from the brand in 2016.
The Princess appeared animated as she arrived today, cutting a striking figure in a vibrant coat from London boutique Eponine.
The piece, which is from their Autumn/Winter 2018 collection, features a mandarin collar and pretty button detailing.
The thrifty royal wore the coat to visit the National Portrait Gallery last year to meet photographers featured in her Hold Still book as it topped the bestseller list on its first day.
Meanwhile she paired the bright coat with her white midi length tea dress by Suzannah.
The Princess wore her long brunette locks down for the occasion, sweeping them behind her ear.
Excited royal fans gathered in the street in huge fans to catch a glimpse of the couple ahead of the visit this afternoon
The couple were beaming excitement as they strolled down the street of Soho ahead of the engagement
Kate appeared animated as she arrived today, cutting a striking figure in a vibrant coat from London boutique Eponine
Kate and William waved to excited royal fans as they arrived in Soho for the engagement today (pictured)
Meanwhile she kept her makeup muted for the outing, pairing a sweep of eyeliner with a nude lipstick.
The Dog & Duck pub is part of the Nicholson’s group who own several pubs across the UK and this year celebrates its 150th anniversary.
Over the Coronation weekend, the collection of pubs will be hosting a number of events to celebrate.
Upon leaving the Dog & Duck, The Prince and Princess will spend some time meeting members of the public gathered outside on Frith Street.
Yesterday, Prince William and Kate led the Royal Family in rehearsals for the Coronation at Westminster Abbey.
With just days to go until the historic event, the King was pictured beaming outside the church in central London as he arrived with the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children Prince George, nine, Charlotte, eight, and Louis, five.
Princess Anne and Queen Consort Camilla were there to greet the Dean of Westminster and other church officials before they went inside. The royals were also joined by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
It comes after thousands of personnel from the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force marched from Buckingham Palace to the Abbey in the early hours of this morning as they practiced for the big day on Saturday, May 6.
The Prince and Princess of Wales were beaming as they travelled on the new underground line today, which was opened in honour of the late Queen
The Prince was animated as he chatted with members of staff on his way into Soho today (pictured)
Prince William and Kate chatted to TFL staff as they rode on the Elizabeth Line to their engagement this afternoon
Travelling in style! One bemused commuter received an unexpected surprise when the Prince and Princess strolled past him
Prince William and Kate appeared to get into the party spirit as they took the Elizabeth Line to the engagement today
The Prince and Princess of Wales were in high spirits as they took the Elizabeth Line to the Dog & Duck Pub in London’s West End today
Tap and go! Prince William and Kate showed off their skills on the London underground today as they took the Tube
The mother-of-three took The Tube in a bespoke vibrant coat from Eponine, which is price on application only
The royal wore her long brunette locks down for the occasion, sweeping them behind her ear
The couple appeared in high spirits as they left their home in Windsor ahead of the engagement in London today
The Diamond Jubilee State Coach and Gold State Coach were also used in the full-scale rehearsal shortly after midnight.
Royal fans waited for more than three hours for the parade to make a return journey down the Mall.
And commuters heading home from London Waterloo were treated to extraordinary scenes as they saw some 6,000 soldiers march through the station on their way to the rehearsals.
After the rehearsals, King Charles gave a wave to throngs of fans as he travelled back to Buckingham Palace.
Supporters cheered as his Bentley drove past. American fan Justin Klamerus, who has flown in for the Coronation from Atlanta, Georgia, told MailOnline: ‘Who would’ve thought that I would get to see the King of England so close?
‘I arrived on Monday I went straight to Windsor and did see really very much.
‘But this was absolutely amazing. It’s an experience that I will remember forever, as I’m a big fan of the royal family, and that’s why I came here.’
‘I also saw Princess Anne going by earlier and as they say, great things always come along in twos! ‘
‘But I am here to witness history being made. I wish the King all the very best. I’m sure he’ll be a great ruler for Britain.’
Around 25 tents have been set up along the Mall by fans who are camping out for the Coronation.
Among the first to take up position was careworker Lucy Edwards, 51, from Bristol, who will be joined by her 74-year-old mother Linda and teenage son Jacob tomorrow.
She said: ‘It has been very, very cold and the ground here is very hard to sleep on.
‘I have witnessed most of Charles’s life, his marriage, his divorce, and when he got married again. Now I’m here for the Coronation.
‘All of these events that made him the man that he is and he appears happy in his life. He is going to be a great King and bring the country together.’
Mother of five Sharon McEwan, 62, from Kilburn, said: ‘Hail King Charles. He is going to make the nation wonderful throughout his reign.
‘I am a regular at royal events and enjoy meeting the same people who love the royal family and meeting new people from all over the world. This will be a fantastic day.’
Faith Nicholson, 61, from Althorne, Essex, was draped in Union Jack colours and carried a Paddington Bear in honour of the Queen’s sketch with the character at her Platinum Jubilee last year.
She said: ‘There is so much to celebrate about our Royal Family. They are loved the world over, and we will see that over the next few days.
‘They are the best advert for our country. You cannot fail to love them. And Charles will make a magnificent King with his sense of fair play, and he has been a pioneer in so many ways over things like environmental concerns.
‘I have been to all the major Royal occasions and they have provided such positive memories for me as Saturday will do too.
‘It is such an incredible thing to be among many thousands of people who have the same love for the Royal family. I can’t wait for Saturday. But I’ll be here until then. ‘