Engagements

The Strathearns Head To Dundee!

The Earl and Countess of Strathearn (as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are known in Scotland) today visited Dundee for a day of engagements.

 

The visit was initially embargoed (not announced before hand) but last Friday a royal reporter for People Magazine accidentally leaked the visit so we basically knew. It was only officially announced by Kensington Palace yesterday and even then they did not give full details about the visit presumably due to security reasons. The Earl and Countess last visited Dundee in 2015 months after Princess Charlotte was born.

 

Dundee is a coastal city in Scotland which is less than a 30 minute drive from St. Andrews University where William and Catherine first met.

 

 

Their first stop in the city was to officially open the Victoria and Albert Museum Dundee, which is the first outside of London. The Countess of Strathearn became the V&As first royal Patron early last year.

 

Meeting representatives from the Young Peoples Collective, who design programmes, and lead activities and tours of the Museum:

 

In her role as patron, Catherine gave a speech at the official opening:

“William and I are so pleased to be back here in Dundee to celebrate the opening of this wonderful museum today.  Thank you so much for inviting us.

Last February, I was delighted to become Patron of The V&Ain London. Now, nearly a year later, I’m thrilled to be standing in a brand new V&A: one which has been built for the city of Dundee and for Scotland, and which is already picking up international awards.  In its first four months alone, it welcomed over three-hundred and sixty-thousand visitors – a truly remarkable feat.

Walking around this world-class space, it’s easy to see how Scotland’s first dedicated design museum is already inspiring the next generation, by providing a new learning space for discovery.

I have been captivated by the breath-taking architecture, and the sheer range of design on display.

But most of all I’ve been moved by the passion of the people who work here, and the dedication of all those who have helped make this important project to succeed.

I believe we should celebrate all our leading galleries, museums, and cultural centres playing a greater role in communities, not just in London, but up and down the countrytoo. The cultural riches of the UK belong to all people of the UK.

This is what V&A Dundee has achieved.  The partners involved in this project from the local area, Scotland, and the UK more broadly all deserve enormous credit for the way you have collaborated to make this happen.

I hope that this Museum will serve as an inspiration to others, by showing how great things can be achieved when different communities all pull together. With this thought in mind, I am pleased to declare V&A Dundee ‘officially’ open.

I wish you all every success for the future”

 

They then headed outside to greet the crowd that had gathered to meet the royal couple. The Duchess of Cambridge had told the crowds that she would love to bring the children one day and that Prince Louis is a Fast crawler while The Duke of Cambridge remembered has time at St. Andrews University:

 

A video from today’s engagement at the V&A:

 

After the official opening of the museum, The Earl and Countess headed to meet with employees and their  families from the Dundee Michelin factory, to hear first-hand how the  factory’s planned closure is affecting them. 

 

The Earl and Countess of Strathearn then joined a meeting of the Michelin Dundee Action Group which William spoke at:

 

Today’s outfit details:

 

The Countess of Strathearn recycled a tartan Alexander McQueen coatdress she wore in November 2012, days before her first pregnancy was announced,  and again in December 2013 for the annual Christmas church walk.

 

She wore her Black Tod’s Heels:

 

She carried a new Manu Atelier bag:

 

She kept herself warm with Cornelia James gloves and gorgeous green scarf:

 

That’s all for today’s post! I now leave you with some more adorable photos from today’s walkabout!

 

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