The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to Sunderland today and the highlight seemed to be Catherine’s henna tattoo.
The visit today showcased the city’s lively arts scene and engineering talent.
The first stop of the day was at The Fire Station, one of Sunderland’s most iconic buildings, recently converted into a music and arts hub.
Their Royal Highnesses had the opportunity to meet members of the local community who gathered outside The Fire Station on the brisk but partially sunny day.
Inside they were greeted with a Bollywood performance and then watched local children perform a bit of music, dance and drama.
Local children gives displays of music, dance & drama for The Duke and Duchess.@FireStationSun has an exciting arts programme for young people, including storytelling, street-dance & aerial dancing. pic.twitter.com/1an8GfbFhy
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 21, 2018
The soon to be parents of three then travelled to the Northern Spire, an ambitious and striking new bridge over the River Wear, due to open in spring 2018. The 1,550-tonne pylon structure is twice as high as Nelson’s Column and taller than Big Ben’s clock tower.
The Northern Spire is a vital part of a broader transport plan to improve links between the Port of Sunderland and the city centre with the A19. It will help attract new jobs and investment and will be the catalyst for significant economic and regeneration advantages to Sunderland and the region.
During their time at The Spire Catherine had some henna body art done. The Duchess chatted as a local artist painted a flower on her hand. HRH also was given some bindi to take home to Princess Charlotte.
Kate gets some body art done – a henna flower design that will last a couple of days. pic.twitter.com/hp585WS0FG
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) February 21, 2018
The Duchess also chatted to members of the Young Asian Voices Youth Project the organisation that provides affordable education, health, welfare and recreation.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge don their high vis jackets and hard hats during a visit to the Northern Spire bridge across the River Wear pic.twitter.com/31jTHKO28a
— Elliot Wagland (@elliotwagland) February 21, 2018
After meeting with local children Prince William and his wife crossed the bridge and met with the engineers and construction workers who have brought this massive project to fruition.