Royal Train Tour Day One
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THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE – ROYAL TRAIN TOUR DAY ONE

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are undertaking a short tour of the UK ahead of the Christmas holidays to pay tribute to the inspiring work of individuals, organisations and initiatives across the country that have gone above and beyond to support their local communities this year. 

They are travelling on the Royal Train between Sunday 6th and Tuesday 8th December, making stops in England, Scotland and Wales in line with government guidance.



Edinburgh

The first stop on the Royal Train Tour was Edinburgh. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were met by Deputy Lord Lieutenant Sandra Cumming and piper Louise Marshall as they arrive by train at Edinburgh Waverley Station.

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For the first part of the tour, The Duchess wore the bespoke Catherine Walker London coat, Massimo Dutti pleated midi skirt, Amaia Kids Blue Emma & Georgina print mask, Strathberry Multrees Chain Wallet in Embossed Croc Black, Black Leather Gloves, Sapphire and Diamond Earrings and Black Suede Ralph Lauren boots before changing into her Stuart Weitzman Half N’ Half boots.



Their Royal Highnesses met paramedics and staff of the Scottish Ambulance Service – as representatives of the NHS – at Newbridge near Edinburgh to thank them for their incredible efforts throughout the pandemic, and to acknowledge the toll that the pandemic has taken on the physical and mental wellbeing of emergency responders.

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Today it was announced that The Duke and Duchess have become Joint Patrons of NHS Charities Together. 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.

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Berwick-Upon-Tweed

The Royal Couple arrived by train at Berwick upon Tweed Station.

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On their second stop of the day, The Duke and Duchess visited the Holy Trinity Church of England First School to recognise the invaluable work of teachers, including their efforts to keep schools open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers through the pandemic, and how they provided online learning to pupils at home.

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The Duke and Duchess heard from the school’s teachers about how they have adapted their operations to allow pupils to safely return to school.

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Batley

Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge’s third stop was Batley Community Centre in West Yorkshire.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge had swapped her blue Catherine Walker coat for her navy Hobbs London Bianca Maxi Coat, Navy Wide Leg Jigsaw Sport Luxe Trousers, Anderson’s Black Croc-Effect Leather Belt, White Jumper, Metier Roma Small Suede Shoulder Bag, Simone Rocha Faux-Pearl Curb-Chain Earrings, Amaia Kids Blue Phoebe print Mask and Emmy London Josie Midnight Block Heels.

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The Royal Voluntary Service is one of Britain’s largest volunteering charities and has recruited thousands of NHS Volunteer Responders to support vulnerable people and the NHS during the pandemic by providing grocery and prescription deliveries, lifts to medical appointments and “Check in and Chat” calls.

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A first meeting in person for The Duchess of Cambridge and Len Gardner, who The Duchess has spoken to previously as part of the NHS Volunteer Responder “Check in and Chat” scheme.

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Next, the royal couple visit Len Gardner, 85, and his wife Shirley 84 at their home in Batley, Yorkshire. Len is a carer for his wife Shirley.

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Manchester

At FareShare in Manchester, The Duke and Duchess paid tribute to volunteers and organisations across the UK who have supported vulnerable families throughout 2020.

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After meeting representatives from the food industry to learn more about their generous support for FareShare, The Duke and Duchess heard from staff and volunteers about how FareShare Greater Manchester has adapted its operations to ensure it could continue supporting those in need throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

“Catherine and I felt it was extremely important to visit just some of the heroes that have emerged this year to thank you for all that you have done. You are the people that have not only kept our country going but have also helped warm all our hearts by showing us the very best of human nature.”

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