The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out for a day of engagements in Coventry today.
Their Royal Highnesses began the day at Coventry Cathedral, where they were greeted by waiting crowds. The Duke and Duchess toured the cathedral and saw the ruins of the original building which was destroyed by Luftwaffe bombs during the Second World War. The new cathedral was completed in 1962 and was consecrated later that same year in the presence of The Queen. They also met with staff and volunteers at the Coventry Cathedral Rising Café, which is also social enterprise aimed at providing work and opportunity for those overcoming drug and alcohol addictions. The Duke of Cambridge appeared to be quite impressed with the selection of baked goods. “You should be on Bake Off!”, he said.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a quickly before moving on to the Coventry University Campus to open the new £59m Science and Health Building. Coventry University says that the Science and Health Building is the only facility of its kind in the United Kingdom where students can learn to care for patients through simulation.
.@covcampus claim the Science and Health Building is the only facility of its kind in the UK where students can learn to care for a patient at every stage of their medical experience through a simulation approach. pic.twitter.com/jXgtDl81fq
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 16, 2018
The final stop of the day was at the Positive Youth Foundation where the couple was greeted by massive cheers. The foundation, along with the Cathedral and Coventry University, was heavily involved in Coventry’s successful UK City of Culture bid. They also watched a performance by young people at the Positive Youth Foundation after joining in a discussion about mental health and well-being.
For the busy day, The Duchess of Cambridge wore a £1500 Mulberry magenta coat, which she also wore during her last two pregnancies. The Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth in April, and after a royal tour to Sweden and Norway next month, she will be wrapping up her duties and go on maternity leave.