Young Royals visit Manchester

LOCAL COLOR: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in Manchester on Friday on a series of royal engagements, with plans to visit Manchester’s National Football Museum, city’s town hall and the University of Manchester.

The Duchess arrived in the northern city, wearing a navy checked Erdem coat with matching blue Rupert Sanderson heels.

The couple will tour the football museum in the Urbis building where they will learn about the history of the sport, and will attend a reception at Manchester town hall, where they will take part in a commemorative ceremony celebrating Manchester’s six Victoria Cross recipients, part of the First World War Centenary campaign. They will also lay stones at the Cenotaph to honor six men that won the Victoria Cross.

The Victoria Cross is the highest award in the U.K. honors system, and is awarded to servicemen demonstrating courage in battle.

The Duke and Duchess will also tour the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester, a research facility, and will visit the new venue of the Manchester Engineering Campus Development, where they will take part in closing up a time capsule.

The young royals will also visit the Francis House Children’s Hospice, an institution that Princess Diana opened in 1991. They will officially launch Francis House’s new lodge facilities, an extension commemorating the hospice’s 25th anniversary. They will tour the area and will meet with families and volunteers.

Earlier this week, the duchess embarked on her first royal solo trip to the Netherlands and spent the day touring The Hague and Rotterdam.

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