The Duchess of Cambridge showed off her puzzling skills yesterday, when she helped a student crack a crossword clue – and was reportedly ‘thrilled’ to get it right.
Kate Middleton, 40, and her husband Prince William, 39, visited Glasgow during the first day of their two-day Platinum Jubilee tour of Scotland.
According to the Times, second year statistics undergraduate Jack Baird, 21, caught the royal’s attention when he waved a copy of the old puzzle in the air, and asked for her help with the one clue he hadn’t managed to answer.
Kate Middleton, 40, (pictured, right) was snapped studying a crossword clues during a visit to Glasgow University yesterday with husband Prince William (pictured, far right)
Kate and William visited Glasgow (pictured) as part of a two-day whirlwind Scottish tour marking the Platinum Jubilee
The crossword fan, who has been known to take the puzzles to nightclubs, was unable to answer a question about the Royal Family, so Kate offered to help him and grabbed the puzzle before being snapped studying it keenly.
The clue Jack was stuck on, seven down, was about the ‘sovereign’s annual allowance’, and contained two words of four and five letters.
Jack said that Kate was able to succesfully provide the correct answer, which was Civil List.
‘She was very excited. It didn’t look like she was going to get it for a moment. I’m really chuffed. I’m going to frame it. She looked thrilled. I think she thought, “I wouldn’t live this down if I get this wrong”.’
During an earlier visit that day, the royal couple went to St John’s Primary School, where they found out about an initiative called Roots of Empathy, as well as meeting some of the children taking part in the scheme (pictured)
Kate (pictured, left) was snapped interacting with 10-month-old Saul Molloy during the primary school visit (pictured, centre) and his mother Laura Molloy (pictured, right)
While at the university, Kate and William spoke with students about mental health and wellbeing, with their visit taking place during Mental Health Awareness Week.
During their day in Glasgow, as well as meeting with university students, Kate and William also visited St John’s Primary School in Port Glasgow.
There, they took part in a Roots of Empathy session, which involved pupils interacting with a mother and her young baby as they learn how to build their understanding of the baby’s needs and emotions.
Afterwards, they spoke with students and teachers taking part in the initiative, as well as chatting with some of the older students who have completed the programme to hear their reflections and experiences and understand how the sessions have benefitted them.
After their visit to the school, the Duke and Duchess surprised tenants of Wheatley Homes Glasgow, part of Wheatley Group, during a walkabout at Kennishead in the south side of the city.
They heard about the work carried out by Scotland’s leading housing, care and property-management group to tackle homelessness and support vulnerable tenants during the cost of living crisis.
The duchess is snapped interacting with members of the public during a visit to the Wheatley Group, where the couple learnt about the challenges of homelessness in Scotland
During their stop at the Wheatley Group, people were snapped looking out of their windows, taking pictures of the royal couple
They also met children who are benefiting from free reading books thanks to a partnership between Wheatley Foundation and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
The Duke and Duchess were met in Kennishead by John MacLeod, Glasgow Deputy Lieutenant, accompanied by his wife, Mariella McLeod. They were introduced to Wheatley Group Chief Executive Martin Armstrong, Wheatley Group Chair Jo Armstrong and Bernadette Hewitt, the tenant Chair of Wheatley Homes Glasgow.
Wheatley Group Chair Jo Armstrong said: ‘We were delighted to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and show them how Wheatley Group is ‘Making Homes and Lives Better’.
‘They were very interested in the work of our Foundation, about how Wheatley is giving young people the best start in life and also how we are creating new job and training opportunities so customers can reach their full potential. We also explained how Wheatley is playing a key role across Scotland in tackling homelessness and giving people a home of their own.’
One of the items on the Cambridge’s agenda was meeting with locals who are facing hardship due to the cost of living crisis. Here Kate meets Theo Holmes, 4, and his mother Kirsty (left)
Prince William (pictured, left) was photographed during a sweet interaction with a young girl, while he and wife Kate visited the Wheatley Group site in Kennishead, to learn about how the organisation is helping homeless and disadvantaged people
Kate and William’s Scottish tour comes ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which are set to kick off on Thursday, June 2 with the Queen’s birthday parade, which has marked the official birthday of the British sovereign for 260 years, and will end with the Royal Family on the Buckingham Palace balcony and a spectacular flypast.
Beacons will also be lit through the UK and Commonwealth, with a special ceremony held at Buckingham Palace.
A towering, living sculpture of trees will be lit and projections cast on to the front of Buckingham Palace to highlight the Royal Family’s long history of championing environmental causes.
On Friday, June 3, a service of thanksgiving will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral, which the Queen plans to attend.
Arrangements have been tailored for her comfort, however. There will be no ceremonial journey from the palace, while the 96-year-old monarch, who is facing mobility issues, will use a different entrance so she does not have to scale the steep steps.
On Saturday, June 4, the Queen intends to attend the Epsom Derby, and in the evening attention will turn again to Buckingham Palace for the Platinum Party at the Palace. Stars of stage, screen and pop and rock will perform in front of a crowd of 22,000 people.
On the final day of celebrations, on Sunday, June 5, 60,000 Big Jubilee Lunches will be held across the country and the Commonwealth – ranging from world record attempts for the longest street party to simple back garden barbecues – to encourage community-led events.
Final decisions on the Queen’s appearances across the weekend are not likely to be announced until the day they are due, Buckingham Palace said.