Royal Corner

Will and Kate Set for Week-long Visit to Scotland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to spend a week in Scotland meeting with communnities, frontline workers and more as they return fully to royal duties.

MAY 19th, 2021

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he Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are heading down memory lane next week as the royal couple will visit St Andrew’s University in Scotland, the same place they first met 20 years ago. The visit is part of a week-long tour of Scotland where William and Kate will spend time visiting Edinburgh, Fife, and will also undertake their first official joint trip to Orkney.

The Duke of Cambridge will arrive in Scotland on Friday 21st in his appointed role as Lord High Commissioner of the Church of Scotland - a position gifted to him by the Queen. Prince William was given the role last year, and usually those appointed remain the position for a year, however due to the pandemic stopping any travel he was unable to fulfil any duties. He was therefore offered the role again for 2021.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Dundee in 2019. - © Getty Images

The Duchess of Cambridge will join Prince William on Monday 24th where the couple will take part in numerous engagements across the week. This will include Land Yachting in Fife with young carers and a continued focus on community, sports and charity events.

A spokesperson for Kensington Palace said: “The Duke is honoured to be fulfilling the role of Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland this year.

“Both he and the Duchess are very much looking forward to spending time in Scotland, hearing from a wide range of people on the issues they care about, and celebrating individuals who have gone above and beyond to support their communities over the past year”.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge photographed at University when they were dating. - © Peter Kelly

On top of official engagements, William will also invite emergency responders to watch the Scottish Cup Final at a rooftop bar, highlighting the Duke’s passion for football. Alongside Kate, the couple will also host NHS Staff through their roles as royal patrons of NHS Charities Together to a unique screening of Disney’s Cruella at a drive-in cinema at the Palace of Holyroodhouse - the official Scottish residence of the Monarch.

The Duchess will also use the visit to continue her promotion of the Hold Still project and those who took part in the initiative, with some surprise engagements scheduled along the way.

The week-long “tour” will begin on Friday 21st and end on the following Friday - the 28th.

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