The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in a Cumbrian market town as they kick off an afternoon of engagements in the region.
Hundreds of well-wishers turned out to welcome William, 36, and Kate, 37, to the pretty market town of Keswick, where the royal couple are taking part in a walkabout and will later meet community volunteers.
The Duchess, who dressed down for the occasion in a £275 khaki coat and trusty £250 lace-up boots, beamed as she spoke to some of the royal supporters gathered in Market Square.
But the royal appeared particularly taken by a four-legged royal fan and was spotted bending down to give three eager working spaniels a stroke – much to the dogs’ delight.
William and Kate have a busy schedule this afternoon, culminating in a visit to a traditional sheep fell farm where they are expected to take part in activities such as sheep shearing.
Four-legged friends! The Duchess of Cambridge meets working dogs on a walkabout in Keswick during a visit to Cumbria
Country chic: The Duchess of Cambridge donned a green utility jacket and combat boots for the casual outing today
Prince of pooches! William appeared just as taken with the dogs, one of whom is being trained as a therapy animal
Take style tips from Kate in a khaki jacket by Troy London
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The Duchess of Cambridge kept things casual for a trip to Keswick, wearing black skinny jeans teamed with a jacket by Troy London and lace-up boots by Chloe.
It was just the other day Kate wowed in a glamorous sunny yellow ensemble as she attended Trooping the Colour but it was back to country attire today for the royal, proving she can look stylish whatever the occasion.
The Duchess has quite the collection of classic khaki jackets, but this Troy London style is a new addition to her wardrobe, although she has another piece by the British brand before.
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Walkabout: The Duchess of Cambridge greeted well-wishers on her arrival in Keswick, Cumbria, this afternoon
Got the giggles! The Duchess of Cambridge shared a joke with a Keswick resident (left) during the walkabout today
Personal touch: The Duchess feigned shock as one excited schoolgirl kicked out her leg while sitting on the barrier
Bursting with excitement: The girl stuck out her leg and it was grabbed by Kate, who appeared in excellent spirits
Royal welcome! Crowds lined the streets of Keswick, Cumbria, ahead of the arrival of the Duke and Duchess this afternoon
The Duke and Duchess are on hand to recognise the contribution of individuals and local organisations in supporting communities and families across Cumbria.
They will meet volunteers including those from the local mountain rescue service, community first responders, young people trained as mental health first aiders and other organisations that have benefitted from grants from the Cumbria Community Foundation.
The couple will then visit a traditional fell sheep farm, where they will have the opportunity to meet members of the Cumbrian farming community, and learn about some of the key challenges farmers are facing.
They will also hear about the peer support networks helping those in the most rural areas and the innovative ways some farms are diversifying.
Furry fan! It was a four-legged royal fan who caught Kate’s eye and she was spotted bending down to stroke a spaniel
Royally pleased! The well-behaved dogs looked perfectly happy to be the centre of attention in Keswick’s Market Square
Animal lovers: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who have their own pet dog, spent a few minutes with the spaniels
Swapping tips? The royal couple chatted to the dogs’ owners in Market Square, possibly talking about their own pet pooch
No dog left behind! Kate knelt down to pet an inquisitive dog after spotting it poking its head out from beneath the barriers
Show and tell: One woman appeared to take out her phone to show the Duchess something on the screen as she passed
The usually polished Duchess opted for a more practical look in preparation for the day’s hands-on engagements, swapping her heels for favourite £250 combat boots from See By Chloé and wearing black skinning jeans.
She finished the look with a £275 green utility jacket by Taylor London, which is believed to be a new addition to her royal wardrobe. The piece was an appropriate choice given the unseasonably chilly weather in the UK.
Cumbria is home to the English Lake District, which was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017, and to England’s largest lake – Windermere – and highest mountain – Scafell Pike.
The rural county is visited by millions each year, making tourism key to the economy. Farming and agriculture also has a special place in the Lake District National Park, famous for its native Herdwick sheep, and farmers have worked for centuries on some of the most challenging land in the country.
Wrapped up: The Duchess of Cambridge stayed warm on an unseasonably cool day in the £275 jacket by Troy London
Excitement builds: Well-wishers lined up five deep along the streets of Keswick in the hope of catching a glimpse of the royals
Getting in on the fun: An entertainer r keeps the crowd amused as they wait for the arrival of William and Kate in Keswick
Keeping spirits up! The entertainer zoomed around the town centre ahead of the arrival of William and Kate