Purple reign! Kate Middleton dons a vibrant magenta pant suit as she joins Prince William


The Duchess of Cambridge cut an elegant figure as she stepped out in a magenta trouser suit while visiting Northern Ireland with Prince William today. 

Kate Middleton opted to wear a purple jacket and matching trousers for the visit, which she paired with a navy turtleneck and matching heels. Meanwhile Prince William opted for a smart navy suit for the occasion.

The couple, both 39, have arrived in Derry-Londonderry where they will spend the day meeting young people and hearing how organisations are engaging across communities to promote positive relations. It is their first time in this area of Northern Ireland. 

While Kate and William last visited Northern Ireland in March 2019, the Duchess also visited the country in February 2020, weeks before the Covid-19 lockdown, to promote her Early Years survey. 

Their visit today comes amid a busy week for the couple, who attended the premiere for the new James Bond film No Time To Die at the Royal Albert Hall last night in London. 

Kicking off the day, the Duke and Duchess visited Ulster University’s Magee Campus to meet with student nurses whom they previously spoke to via video call.

The Duchess of Cambridge cut an elegant figure as she stepped out in a magenta trouser suit while visiting Northern Ireland with Prince William today

The couple have arrived in Derry-Londonderry where they will spend the day meeting young people and hearing how organisations are engaging across communities to promote positive relations

The couple have arrived in Derry-Londonderry where they will spend the day meeting young people and hearing how organisations are engaging across communities to promote positive relations

The Duchess swept her brunette locks into a high ponytail and opted for neutral makeup for the occasion.

The mother-of-three could be seen carrying a small navy bag, but kept her accessories to a minimum, allowing her bold and colourful outfit to do all the talking. 

When speaking to the student nurses earlier this year, the Duke and Duchess heard more about their experiences of studying during the pandemic, and of undertaking placements on the frontline of the COVID-19 response in Northern Ireland.

Today, they will hear how their studies are progressing since they spoke in February.

Kicking off the day, the Duke and Duchess visited Ulster University’s Magee Campus to meet with student nurses whom they previously spoke to via video call

Kicking off the day, the Duke and Duchess visited Ulster University’s Magee Campus to meet with student nurses whom they previously spoke to via video call

Once inside the hospital, Prince William and Kate placed on cloth face masks and made their way to meet medical students

Once inside the hospital, Prince William and Kate placed on cloth face masks and made their way to meet medical students

Once inside the hospital, Prince William and Kate placed on cloth face masks and made their way to meet medical students 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge talk with medical students during a tour of the Ulster University Magee Campus

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge talk with medical students during a tour of the Ulster University Magee Campus

Prince William and Kate (above) also saw a specially designed simulated ambulance – the only one of its kind in the region – built on campus to train the very first year group on the brand new BSc Hons Paramedic Science programme in Northern Ireland

Prince William and Kate (above) also saw a specially designed simulated ambulance – the only one of its kind in the region – built on campus to train the very first year group on the brand new BSc Hons Paramedic Science programme in Northern Ireland

A medical student at the university in Northern Ireland chats with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge about her studies

A medical student at the university in Northern Ireland chats with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge about her studies

Medical students chat with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and explain their university studies during the outing today

Medical students chat with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and explain their university studies during the outing today

The university course, which started just last week, is offered by the institution to support the development of the paramedic profession in Northern Ireland and further afield. Pictured, Kate and William tour the facilities

The university course, which started just last week, is offered by the institution to support the development of the paramedic profession in Northern Ireland and further afield. Pictured, Kate and William tour the facilities

Prince William and Kate are also set to see a specially designed simulated ambulance – the only one of its kind in the region – built on campus to train the very first year group on the brand new BSc Hons Paramedic Science programme in Northern Ireland. 

This course, which started just last week, is offered by the University to support the development of the paramedic profession in Northern Ireland and further afield.

The Duke and Duchess are then meeting with the first cohort of medical students accepted into the University’s new School of Medicine, established this year in response to the nationwide shortage in the medical workforce.

 The new School will develop a new generation of doctors who will work in Northern Ireland and beyond, once their studies are compete. It has received a £1m investment and now boasts high-tech, high-spec facilities.

As well as observing some of the practical tools and lessons the students have access to, Prince William and Kate are also dropping into the Student Union as it hosts a ‘Culture Shock’ event. 

The royal couple met with nursing students and community members during their visit to the Ulster University Magee Campus

The royal couple met with nursing students and community members during their visit to the Ulster University Magee Campus

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with community members when visiting the Magee University in Londonderry today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with community members when visiting the Magee University in Londonderry today

Kate Middleton, 39, opted to wear a purple trouser suit for the occasion, which she paired with a navy turtleneck and matching heels.

Kate Middleton, 39, opted to wear a purple trouser suit for the occasion, which she paired with a navy turtleneck and matching heels.

Kate Middleton opted to wear a purple trouser suit for the occasion, which she paired with a navy turtleneck and matching heels

The Duke and Duchess beamed as they strode across the campus today to meet with nursing students during their royal visit to Northern Ireland

The Duke and Duchess beamed as they strode across the campus today to meet with nursing students during their royal visit to Northern Ireland 

The mother-of-three beamed as she walked alongside her husband Prince William, who opted for a navy suit for the occasion

The mother-of-three beamed as she walked alongside her husband Prince William, who opted for a navy suit for the occasion

The mother-of-three beamed as she walked alongside her husband Prince William, who opted for a navy suit for the occasion 

Here, they will join students to understand their university experience outside of their studies and hear how such events are promoting an inclusive student body. 

As part of the event The Duke and Duchess will have the opportunity to sample some Northern Irish food and drinks: from whiskey to wheaten bread and Tayto crisps. 

Students will teach them some local expressions and to finish they will hear some of the University’s talented music students playing traditional instruments. 

Kate’s previous visit, which came weeks before the world came to a standstill amid the Covid-19 crisis, saw Kate visit The Ark Open Farm in Newtownards, Northern Ireland to speak to local parents and grandparents about their experiences of raising young children and their thoughts on the early years.

It comes amid a whirlwind week for the couple, who yesterday attended the James Bond premiere in London

It comes amid a whirlwind week for the couple, who yesterday attended the James Bond premiere in London

It comes amid a whirlwind week for the couple, who yesterday attended the James Bond premiere in London

It comes amid a whirlwind week for the couple, who yesterday attended the James Bond premiere in London. 

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, joined Charles, 72, Camilla, 74, and her husband Prince William to meet 007 star Daniel Craig and other cast members including Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux and Lashana Lynch at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Royal sources said the outing of Charles, Camilla, William and Kate could herald a ‘new era’ of collaboration and solidarity between the future king and his eldest son.

 The royal foursome were introduced to screenwriters Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade at last nights event, as well as singer Billie Eilish and her musician brother Finneas O’Connell, who co-wrote the new Bond theme song.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a visit to the Ulster University Magee Campus

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a visit to the Ulster University Magee Campus

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a visit to the Ulster University Magee Campus 

A number of healthcare workers and members of the armed forces joined the royals in the auditorium to watch the film as a thank you for their work during the Covid pandemic.  

The highly anticipated No Time To Die is the 25th Bond film and fifth and final movie featuring Craig as 007.

It faced more than a year of delays due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but is being released in UK cinemas on Thursday.  

William and Kate attended the star-studded world premiere for the last Bond film, Spectre, in 2015, and were joined by Prince Harry. Charles and Camilla attended the world premiere of the 23rd Bond film, Skyfall, in 2012. 

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