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Excitement Builds In Scotland For William & Kate Visit

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to arrive in Scotland tomorrow to begin two days of engagements in the area, where they are known as the Earl and Countess of Stratheran.

Excitement has been building ever since they announced the visit last month, and it is expected thousands will turn out to catch a glimpse of the royal couple.

The two day visit will begin tomorrow when Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge visit the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, which will play host to several events for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Both, William and Catherine became ambassadors for Team Great Britain during the London 2012 games and it is expected they will be involved in the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

The soon to be parents will be given a tour of the arena, including the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. They will watch riders in practice sessions. During the visit they will also watch the athletics, badminton and netball demonstrations. The Duke and Duchess attended many of the London 2012 games and Catherine took part in one of the medal ceremonies.

On the second visit of the day, they will visit the Quarriers Stopover Project. This project is for homeless people and is based in the south of Glasgow, it offers short-term residential facilities, to young people aged 16- 25 who find themselves homeless. Prince William, has been a campaigner for more support for the homeless, and has even spent the night on the streets to try and bring support to the cause.

The third and final visit of the day will see the Cambridge’s visit the Donald Dewar Centre in Drumchapel. This will be where the Duke and Duchess will launch a new project which will see a partnership between the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and the Hunter Foundation. This project will project work with young up-and-coming sports coaches from the area to give them the necessary skills and confidence to pursue a career in the field.

The second day of the visit will see them join forces with Prince Charles, known as The Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, when they open the new Tamar Manoukian Outdoor Centre at Dumfries House. Charles has helped rejuvenate and open Dunfries House, and the royal trio will be greeted by Youth United, a group of children from the uniformed youth services.

Catherine previously joined Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall last year for an engagement, and most recently Charles revealed he is “enormously” looking forward to becoming a grandfather.

Finally, on Friday they will stop in Cumbria to tour BAE systems in Barrow-in-Furness. This is one of the few shipyards in the world capable of designing and building nuclear submarines.

The trip to Scotland will be an important visit for the future King and Queen. Scotland holds fond memories for the couple as it was at St.Andrews University, in which the pair first met.

The Duke and Duchess last made a visit to Scotland last July when William was made a Knight of the Thistle, at St Giles Cathedral. They also attended Zara Phillips’ wedding to rugby player Mike Tindall in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh back in 2011, four months after their own wedding.

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