TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid their first official visit to Cambridge today, making a number of high profile stops. The couple arrived by train and was greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire. The Lord Lieutenant joked that the royal duo were there to “claim” their namesake city which got a laugh from the Duke and Duchess. As they were driven to their first stop, the couple got to see firsthand the thousands of people who had been lining up for hours to see them.
After each stop the Duke and Duchess made a walkabout to say hello to the crowds which always results in a few great moments, today being no exception. Outside Guildhall, the Duchess met a baby named James William, after the Prince. It was reported that as she spotted him Catherine said: “Hello cute little man!” After hearing that he had been named for the Prince, the Duchess replied that she thought it was “wonderful.” Also on walkabout, Catherine’s new hairstyle got a number of compliments. One onlooker said she “loved it” to have the Duchess reply: “I’m not sure about it. It’s a bit windy today.” A big highlight for royal watchers also happened on walkabout outside Guildhall but this time with Prince William. A member of the crowd gave him a onesie with a helicopter that said “Daddy’s little co-pilot”. The Prince let out a huge grin, said he would definitely keep the item and gave it to one of his staff to hold on to.
The visit was, of course, not all fun for the couple as they had some very important engagements scheduled. They opened a 24-hour support center run by the charity Jimmy’s. The organization is affiliated with the homelessness focused Centrepoint, one of the Prince’s longest royal patronages. During their stop at the Guildhall in Cambridge’s main square, they were given a tour of the building, viewed historical documents and even gave the crowd of thousands a balcony appearance. The Duke and Duchess then went to the university’s Senate House where they met with both students and staff, and the Prince delivered some short remarks. The mayor of Cambridge was thrilled with the visit saying: “The thing for Cambridge is this day is going to be in people’s memories for the rest of their lives. In 50 and 60 years people are going to be telling their grandchildren about it.”
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