The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Luton, Bedfordshire today for three engagements. There were visits to Youthscape, Keech Hospice and the Hayward Tyler Group.
The first engagement of the day was visiting Youthscape, a facility dedicated to working with young people in Luton. The organization works directly with teenagers – not only for their benefit, but to develop approaches and programmes that others can use across the UK to allow them to overcome some of the challenges young people face – including apathy, hopelessness and disaffection from their communities.
William and Kate were able to visit the drop-in centre at Bute Mills and speak with teenagers who have benefited from the services of Youthpoint. They also formally opened a section of the new facility. They also heard about another charity, CHUMS, is supporting children and young people affected by suicide.
The couple even stopped in the kitchen where they shared some insight into Prince George’s culinary skills! When speaking with teenagers who had made sweet treats for the couple, Kate revealed “When I try to do this with George at home, chocolate and the golden syrup goes everywhere. He makes so much mess. It’s chaos.”
Next up was a trip to Keech Hospices where the Duke and Duchess to meet patients as well as the families, friends & volunteers who support children and adults with life limiting illnesses. They also heard about the bereavement support that families receive following the loss of a loved one.
William shared some personal experience during the visit, sharing thoughts on his mother with grieving families. William said: “I know how you feel. I miss my mother every day. It’s OK to feel sad.”
The last visit of the day will have William and Kate opening the Hayward Tyler Group Centre of Excellence and present Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The Hayward Tyler Group is an engineering solutions provider to the energy industry, working collaboratively with EPC and end-user customers to deliver performance-critical energy engineering solutions for some of the toughest applications and harshest environments on the planet. The company has over 350 years of engineering experience, heritage and pedigree.
Kate chose to wear a repeat of a favourite dress for today’s event! She appeared in head-to-toe LK Bennett, most notably recycling her Blue Poppy Lasa dress that we first (and last!) saw on Day 13 in Brisbane of the Royal Tour of Australia in 2014. She paired it with her Nina clutch, Fern shoes and the only piece not by LK Bennett – gorgeous blue sapphire earrings.
*All images are from Kensington Palace unless otherwise noted*