Prince William and Kate Middleton will arrive in Scotland on Thursday for two days of engagements which support causes close to their hearts. Fans of Kate”s style are excited to see how she will dress her baby bump in the chilly weather.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will begin their tour in Glasgow where they will visit the city”s Emirates Arena, one of the sites for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The sporty couple will watch cyclists in action at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and see netball and badminton demonstrations.
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William and Kate, who are due to become parents in July, will visit a homeless shelter in Glasgow”s south side. At Quarriers Stopover, William will make a Skype call to two of their former residents who are now on a work exchange programme in the Netherlands.
Their last stop on Thursday will be to launch a sports coaching project for their Royal Foundation at the Donald Dewar Leisure Centre in Drumchapel.
On Friday, Prince Charles will join them on a visit to Dumfries House, the stately home that he famously “saved for the nation” in 2007. He made a donation of £20m and helped raise funds of £25m to keep the 18th century estate open to the public.
Charles will be showing William and Kate, who are known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn in Scotland, around a new outdoor centre situated in the grounds. The royal trio will then declare the Tamar Manoukian Outdoor Centre officially open.
“It is hoped that a slightly younger and fitter male member of the Royal party may take the opportunity to demonstrate the rope swing, one of the more challenging obstacles on the course,” said Stephen Kay, head of education and training at Dumfries House.
Representatives of Youth United, an umbrella organisation for youth organisations set up by Prince Charles in 2009, will welcome the royal party.
Around 400 youngsters and 100 volunteers from the Scouts, Boys” Brigade, Guides, Girls” Brigade, Police Service, Fire Service, RNLI, Sea Cadets, Air Cadets and Army Cadets across Ayrshire are expected to demonstrate their skills.
The visit will be marked by a fly-past of three Typhoons from RAF Leuchars, a base close to St Andrews University, where William and Kate first met as students. The couple both graduated in 2005 with a 2:1. William has a degree in geography while Kate graduated in art history of art.
On their way home on Friday the royal couple will stop off in the Lake District to learn about the new Astute Class of nuclear powered submarines being built for the Royal Navy by BAE Systems. The shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria is one of the only shipyards in the world which is capable of designing and building nuclear submarines.