The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Edinburgh this morning for their first stop of the Royal Train tour.
Following their arrival, Kensington Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess have become Joint Patrons of NHS Charities. The 240 UK NHS charities provide extra funding and additional services above and beyond NHS core funds, supporting hospitals, community and mental health services and ambulances services.
For their first engagement as Patrons, William and Kate met Scottish Ambulance Service paramedics and staff to thank them for their incredible efforts throughout the pandemic.
The Duchess combated the chilly Scottish weather in her teal blue Catherine Walker coat.
The bespoke garment was first seen during the 2018 Scandinavian royal visit, and later worn for the 2019 Sunday Service.
Today Kate contrasted the coat with black accessories. She wore black leather gloves and carried a new clutch bag by Strathberry. It is the Scottish brand's 'Multrees' Chain Wallet in embossed croc black ($335).
Completing the look were her Sapphire & Diamond Oval Drop Earrings, and a new Amaia reusable cotton face mask in Blue Emma & Georgina print.
The Duke and Duchess hopped back on the Royal Train and headed south to Berwick-Upon-Tweed to meet staff and pupils from Holy Trinity Church of England First School, where the couple celebrated the incredible work of teachers over the past year.
Kate swapped the high heeled boots for her Stuart Weitzman 'Half N Half' Black Boots ahead of the visit.
Following this morning's Royal Train stops in Edinburgh and Berwick-Upon-Tweed, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travelled further south to visit the historic market and mill town of Batley in West Yorkshire.
The royal couple popped into the Batley Community Centre to meet volunteers who have supported elderly members of their community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by sending cards, having regular phone calls and dropping off shopping, food bags and activity packs.
Kate also met Len Gardner, who The Duchess has spoken to previously as part of the NHS Volunteer Responder ‘Check-in and Chat’ scheme.
For the stop in Batley, Kate wore a mix of familiar pieces.
She stepped out in her Hobbs London 'Bianca' Navy Maxi Coat and Jigsaw High Waisted Sport Luxe Trousers.
Kate coordinated the look with her navy embossed croc belt and Emmy London 'Josie' Block Heel Pumps.
The Duchess offset the navy ensemble with an ivory sweater.
The ribbed crew-neck knit pullover appears to be the same one she wore for the 5 Big Insights unveiling.
Kate debuted the Métier Roma small suede shoulder bag (£1,080).
It is expertly made in Italy from supple suede with a curved front flap which opens via a gold twist-lock clasp revealing multiple compartments, card slots and a zip pocket. It also has a detachable shoulder strap plus detachable chain top handle for added versatility.
The Simone Rocha Faux-Pearl Curb-Chain Earrings made a return.
There was a new face mask by Amaia in the Blue Pheobe print.
William and Kate's final stop of the day was in Manchester where they paid tribute to volunteers at FairShare.
The organisation is the UK’s national network of charitable food redistributors, with the aim of fighting hunger and food waste by redistributing good quality in-date surplus food to frontline charities across the UK.
Following the warehouse tour, The Duke and Duchess watched a special performance by Wayne Ellington and Manchester Inspirational Voices, presented by Band on the Wall, a local independent music venue which has been supported during COVID-19 by the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.
There was a slight change to Kate's outfit from the Batley stopover. She premiered a festive Fair Isle sweater.
The knit pullover is the Brora x TROY Supersoft Lambswool Fair Isle Jumper in Almond (£195). Made in the north of Scotland, the design of the sweater is a collaboration between two British brand's Brora and TROY London - both favoured by the Duchess.
There was also a new Amaia face mask in a Wiltshire bud liberty print.
On Sunday evening, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge departed on the Royal Train Tour to thank communities and key workers for their extraordinary efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic .
The couple were filmed boarding the Royal Train at Euston railway station in central London.
Over the next two days, The Duke and Duchess will meet frontline workers, teachers, mental health professionals, care workers, schoolchildren & young people across England, Scotland & Wales to pass on the nation’s thanks for their efforts during this challenging year .
Kate sported her forest green bespoke midi coat by Alexander McQueen for the departure.
Tonight she accessorised the piece with her Maple Leaf Tartan Scarf by York Scarves first seen during the 2016 Canadian Royal Tour.
Kate carried her Grace Han Love Letter Small Top Handle Bag, and on her feet she wore her black Ralph Lauren Collection Suede High Heel Boots.
It appears the Duchess wore the Cornelia James 'Alice' Black Merino Wool Gloves.
She donned her Simone Rocha Faux-Pearl Curb-Chain Earrings.
Kate wore a new face mask - the Amaia Reusable cotton face mask in Liberty print (£15).
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