Country Kate! Duchess of Cambridge dresses down in a £275 khaki jacket and trusty hiking boots as she joins William at a Cumbrian market town
- Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in Keswick as they kick off a day of engagements in Cumbria
- Kate dressed down in jeans, £250 See By Chloé boots and a £275 jacket by Taylor London for the occasion
- The royals will meet community volunteers and local residents before heading to a traditional sheep fell farm
- Later the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to help with farming activities like sheep shearing
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 a spaniel a stroke – much to the dog’s 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.
Furry fan! It was a four-legged royal fan who caught Kate’s eye and she was spotted bending down to stroke a spaniel.
Country chic: The Duchess of Cambridge donned a green utility jacket and combat boots for the casual outing today
Wrapped up: The Duchess of Cambridge stayed warm on an unseasonably cool day in the £275 jacket by Troy London
Walkabout: The Duchess of Cambridge greeted well-wishers on her arrival in Keswick, Cumbria, this afternoon
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.
The Duchess dressed down for the occasion in black skinny jeans, favourite £250 See By Chloé boots and a £275 green utility jacket by Taylor London, which is believed to be a new addition to her royal wardrobe.
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
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.