Fresh from summer holidays, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge resumed their royal duties with a visit to Luton in Bedfordshire today.
They had a day of engagements lined up, and their first stop was at Luton's iconic Bute Mills, the new home for national charity Youthscape. The organization provides innovation and training in youth work.
After touring the recently renovated site, the royal couple officially opened the space for Youthscape.
Next, William and Kate visited Keech Hospice Care where they met families, friends and volunteers of the hospice which supports both children and adults.
Keech Hospice Care's mission is to help children and adults live pain and symptom free, and to spend quality time with their family and friends. During their visit The Duke and Duchess attended a reception and unveiled a plaque to mark 25 years of the hospice.
The day concluded with a visit to Hayward Tyler Luton, to present them with The Queen's Award for Enterprise (International Trade).
The engineering company celebrated its 200th anniversary last year and today the royal couple officially opened their newly built Centre of Excellence.
On this warm summers day, Kate opted for a light floral dress. She repeated the popular LK Bennett 'Lasa' poppy print dress, first seen in Australia during the 2014 Downunder royal tour.
Since it's introduction, LK Bennett has continued to reissue the design. This season they offer the 'Lara' which features cornflower blue poppies. The hue is slightly muted compared to the snorkel blue poppy print of the 'Lasa'.
Kate completed the look with her new-favorite accessories, also by LK Bennett. On her feet were the 'Fern' trench leather pumps and she carried the matching 'Nina' clutch.
The Duchess kept her jewellery minimal, only wearing her beloved sapphire & diamond oval drop 'Diana' earrings.
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Wed, Feb 21:
Kate and William will visit Sunderland, in northeast England. They will officially open the Fire House, a new music and arts hub, where they will see music and dance performances from groups using the new facility. The Duke and Duchess will also visit the Northern Spire bridge over the River Wear, slated to open in the spring.
Tue, Feb 27:
Kate will visit St. Thomas’ Hospital to launch the Nursing Now campaign, created to raise the profile of nursing worldwide. She will visit a specialist ward, take part in a roundtable discussion and deliver a speech to mark the launch of the Nursing Now campaign. Later, Kate will visit the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to learn more about the ways to reduce newborn and maternal mortality rates around the world.
Wed, Feb 28:
In her role as Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Kate will view the exhibition ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography.‘
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