ROYAL VISIT: William & Kate in Blackpool

Despite the rain, well-wishers turned out in their droves to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Blackpool today.

William and Kate visited a series of innovative projects that are focused on investment and regeneration, as well as learning how the resort is leading the way in tackling some of the social and mental health problems faced by people in Britain today.

Their Royal Highnesses first visited the iconic Blackpool Tower. In the surroundings of one of the UK’s most famous landmarks, The Duke and Duchess joined a roundtable briefing about the town’s recent history, the challenges, and the investment and regeneration efforts that are currently underway.

Upon leaving the Tower they spent time on the  ‘Comedy Carpet’ on the promenade to meet with members of the public gathered outside. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met children from Happy Tots Nursery, North Shore. The children presented them with some tangerine and white flowers and some Blackpool rock.

Their Royal Highnesses then went to Blackpool Central Library where joined two separate discussions focussing on issues and initiatives of particular relevance to each of their ongoing charitable interests. The Duchess found out all about Blackpool’s ‘A Better Start’ programme, including health visitors, practitioners from the Family Nurse Partnership, and parents. The Duke met people affected by problems around mental health, including issues such as homelessness and addiction, and people making a difference through the innovative work locally.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also visited Kirby Road, a street in Blackpool that demonstrates the realities of the housing problem faced in the town. The Council invited The Duke and Duchess to visit a street which demonstrates the issues clearly by showing the stark difference of housing quality on opposite sides of the same road. They stopped first at old boarding houses that are seriously substandard which were being lived in by multiple people until very recently; and then visited homes on the other side of the street which were bought by the council, renovated and upgraded, and are now home to new tenants.

Speaking with council representatives and tenants, their Royal Highnesses learned about how Blackpool is tackling housing issues head on, and hear about the positive impact this commitment is having on the community.

Their Royal Highnesses ended their tour of the resort with a stop off at Revoe Park, a recently revamped community garden and park that has been transformed thanks to involvement from ‘A Better Start’.

Additional images - @KensingtonRoyal Twitter

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