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The Duchess of Cambridge gets a tattoo during a visit to Sunderland

The Duchess of Cambridge sat patiently while getting a tattoo while in Sunderland earlier today.

Shajida Begum, 18, drew a henna tattoo of a flower and swirl on the Duchess’s hand. Henna tattoo’s typical have a lifespan of two days before they wash off.
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Speaking to the Mirror, Begum recalled her visit with Kate: “I said ‘Would you like a design?’ and she was like ‘Yes, if you don’t mind’.

“She was saying that it was really pretty.

“I was just telling her how it works. I was telling her when she can wash it off – I said ‘when it becomes flakey’.”

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge stopped at The Fire Station which is the new art and music hub, they took part in a storytelling workshop where Prince William sat with the children on the floor, but suggested Kate “might need a chair”.

The Duchess spoke with Mason Redman, 10, and Alex Carter, nine, about how much they enjoy Harry Potter, while William encouraged the youth to keep working on their “ant and broccoli” stories.

Next up was a visit to the Northern Spire bridge over the River Wear which will open in the Spring.

Safety of all involved, including the media, was first priority as the scene is still a construction site. Walking onto the 1,550-tonne pylon structure, the Duke and Duchess wore hardhats and reflective yellow vests.

When the new bridge is finished, it will help connect the Port of Sunderland and the city centre with the A19.

William and Kate took turns tightening a bolt on the bridge, with William joking: “The bolt will probably fall out now.”
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Let us hope the engineers do their due diligence on Prince William’s handiwork before it opens to the public later this year!

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