As the world starts to cautiously reopen and some elements of travel have become possible again, Prince William and Kate Middleton are preparing to embark on their first royal tour of the year. Rather excitingly (and of course, while keeping in line with coronavirus safety measures), the Cambridges will be heading off to spend a week in Scotland!
Prince William is scheduled to spend a full seven days there, arriving this Friday and departing on 27 May, whereas the Duchess will only be present for part of the visit. She's expected to join her husband of ten years on 24 May, when the couple will spend time in Edinburgh and Fife. They will also make their first official visit to Orkney (an archipelago off the northeastern coast of Scotland, a spot regularly voted as one of the happiest places to live in the UK).
During his solo stay in Scotland, William, as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, will be spending time hearing about how the Church has helped locals throughout the pandemic.
Elswhere on the tour, both the Duke and Duchess will meet with various frontline workers, NHS staff members, the military, local volunteers and emergency responders, too.
Also on the agenda will be a specially created drive-in cinema, hosted by William and Kate, for NHS workers. The group will all be treated to a screening of Emma Stone's new film, Cruella, based on the imagined life of, err, you've guessed it... Cruella de Vil (before she became truly evil and had a vendetta against Dalmatians).
The Duke will also be inviting a lucky lot of emergency responders to watch the Scottish Cup Final with him at a rooftop bar - which sounds pretty fun if you ask us - and hearing about projects that have been set up to tackle climate change.
Finally, the Cambridges will be returning to an incredibly special place for them personally: St Andrew's University, where they met way back in 2001 while studying art history. During this part of the tour the royals will be chatting with present day students to hear about how they've been navigating their studies throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. No doubt being back on campus will spark many happy memories for them too.
Speaking of the impending visit, an official spokesperson for the couple 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."
We're already excited for the photos to follow. 👀
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