The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Blackpool

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Photo credit: PAUL ELLIS - Getty Images

From Harper's BAZAAR

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge braved the rain this afternoon for a visit to Blackpool. The couple held umbrellas as they arrived at the famed Blackpool Tower, were they were greeted by hundreds of local wellwishers, who weren't put off by the poor weather conditions.

Kate wore head-to-toe green for the occasion, in an elegant belted coat, a printed dress just peeking out from underneath. She accessorised with knee-high boots and a Manu Atelier bag.

Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images
Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

The pair will tour a series of innovative projects focused on investment and regeneration in the local area, as well as learning how Blackpool is "leading the way in tackling some of the social and mental health problems faced by people in Britain today," read a statement from Kensington Palace.

After visiting the famed Blackpool Tower - where they joined a roundtable briefing about the town's recent history and regeneration efforts - the royals will spend time on the 'Comedy Carpet', a huge artwork along the seafront featuring the jokes of over 1000 British comedians.

They will then travel to Blackpool Central Library to join separate discussions based on areas relevant to their own individual charitable interests; William will meet people affected by mental health issues, while Kate will sit down with representatives from 'A Better Start' programme, which works with families on the development of young children.

For their final stop of the day, the duke and duchess will visit Revoe Park, "a recently revamped community garden and park that has been transformed thanks to involvement from ‘A Better Start’," says Kensington Palace. The park was previously a known location for drug use but is now "a great example of how a long-term community-led initiative can transform lives and provide new opportunities". It's now a place for children to learn about gardening and the outdoors, as well as being a space for parents - and particularly men - to talk about mental health.

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