The Duchess of Cambridge showcased her signature flair for diplomatic dressing as she joined husband Prince William for the second leg of his Scottish royal tour.
Kate, 39, sported a £59.99 Zara blazer and pleated midi skirt in the colour of the Scottish flag for a visit to Turning Point Scotland, a social care charity in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire.
The couple learned about the support that the organisation provides to those facing complex and challenging situations, including homelessness, mental ill health and substance abuse, and the work they are carrying out to break down cycles of crime and addiction.
It is the first in a string of joint engagements the couple will carry out before returning to London on Thursday.
The visit is part of a royal charm offensive to help persuade Scotland to resist the demands of nationalists for independence.
It received its effective launch over the weekend when the Duke gave a deeply personal speech in which he described the ‘special place’ that Scotland had in his heart, a country which he said held both some of his ‘happiest memories’ and his ‘saddest’.
Royals on tour! The Duchess of Cambridge is in Scotland to join her husband for the second leg of his tour
True blue! The Duchess of Cambridge wore a skirt and jacket in the blue of the Scottish flag for the visit today
Kate, 39, sported a blazer and pleated midi skirt for the visit to Turning Point Scotland, a social care charity in Coatbridge
The Duchess of Cambridge looked elegant in a royal blue blazer for the charity visit in North Lanarkshire today
William, 38, has carried out a number of royal engagements since arriving in Scotland on Friday. He and Kate will now continue with a busy schedule before returning to London on Thursday.
Later today the Duke and Duchess will host NHS staff from Scotland at a unique drive-in cinema to watch a special screening of Disney’s Cruella at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, which will be taking place in Glasgow later this year, The Duke and Duchess will visit innovative projects that are aiming to positively change the dial on climate change.
This includes racing an Extreme E electric vehicle at the iconic Knockhill Racing Circuit, a visit to Orkney’s European Marine Energy Centre, and hearing how Fields in Trust protect green spaces for communities across the UK.
Fields in Trust was supported by The Duke of Edinburgh for 64 years, who passed the role of President to The Duke of Cambridge in 2013.
Twenty years since they met at university, The Duke and Duchess will take a trip down memory lane and return to St Andrews University to meet with current students, and hear how they have coped and supported each other during a difficult year.
They will also join young carers from the local Fife area for a session of land yachting on the beach.
Beaming: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge smiled as they learned more about the services offered by the charity
First stop: The couple learned more about the work of Turning Point Scotland, a social care charity in Coatbridge
Yesterday Prince William visited the Grassmarket Community Project’s workshop in Edinburgh, which makes furniture from recycled pews and other responsibly-resourced wood.
The project was developed in partnership between Greyfriars Kirk (Church of Scotland) and Grassmarket Mission in 1982 and became a standalone charity in 2010.
He met chief executive Jonny Kinross and Richard Frazer, founder and Greyfriars Kirk minister.
He heard how the project works with people who are dealing with a wide range of complex issues including mental and physical health problems, disabilities, learning difficulties, poverty, substance misuse, abuse and social isolation.
Virtual meeting: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke to some people via videolink during the outing
William began a week-long visit to Scotland on Friday and the Duchess of Cambridge will join him on Monday for the rest of the tour.
During the visit William ignored a question about Martin Bashir’s apology over the Panorama interview with his mother.
As he left the venue, he was asked by a reporter whether he had seen Martin Bashir’s apology over the 1995 interview with his mother but did not respond.
The Prince earlier this week gave a scathing statement about the controversial interview after an inquiry found the broadcaster covered up the former BBC journalist’s ‘deceitful behaviour’.
Speaking to today’s Sunday Times, Bashir said he ‘never wanted to harm’ Diana, Princess of Wales, with the Panorama interview, adding: ‘I don’t believe we did.’
It comes after Prince Harry, 36, launched yet another attack on the Royal Family in his new Oprah AppleTV+ series, The Me You Can’t See.