The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a visit to Coach Core Essex on Tuesday to meet new apprentices and learn about the scheme in Essex, which has been running for nearly three years, and how it is engaging the local community to get involved in sport. The pair, who are huge fans of sports themselves, will be taking part in coaching sessions, and will even have a go at tennis and indoor athletics! It is the Duchess' first event since taking a break at their home of Amner Hall in Norfolk in early October with her three children, George, Charlotte and Louis. Keep up to date with all of the information for their trip below with our live blog…
Welcome one, welcome all to the live updates all about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Coach Core Essex! The royals will be learning about the scheme in Essex, and how it is engaging a diverse local community with sport. We can imagine that the pair will get involved in some indoor activities during their visit, seeing as they are one competitive couple!
This is the pair's first official engagement since they took a break at their home in Norfolk last week. Kate was spotted boarding a helicopter in the grounds of Kensington Palace on Wednesday afternoon, preparing to return to Anmer Hall where her two older children Prince George and Princess Charlotte are spending the half-term break.
They're here! The pair have arrived at Basildon Sporting Village to visit Coach Core Essex, and the Duchess looks lovely in a check blazer, a black turtleneck jumper and skinny jeans, along with her trusty Russell & Bromley boots! Prince William looked dressed down in a blue fleece jumper and jeans.
Check out Kate meeting the crowds!
Kate looked lovely during their visit, and looked stunning with an au natural makeup look, with her hair styled in it's signature bouncy blowdry as she chatted to well-wishers at the engagement. She complemented her look with a stunning pair of diamond earrings.
Want to know more about Coach Core Essex? The organisation has been running for nearly three years now, and was established by The Royal Foundation, for which Kate and William and co-founders and patrons. It aims to harness the power of sport, and its ability to change lives and empower young people who are not in education or employment through sport in order to create the next generation of sports coaches who will themselves go on to inspire their communities for many more generations to come. As a sporty couple themselves, this is a cause surely close to Kate and William's hearts.
Prince William is clearly feeling the cold as he shakes hands with the people who have gathered to welcome the royal pair.
The parents-of-three looked delighted to be visiting, as they waved to royal fans gathered to welcome the pair. During their visit, their Royal Highnesses will meet apprentices working with two of these partner organisations: Sport for Confidence and South Essex Gymnastics club, who have been involved with Coach Core Essex since its inception and have subsequently employed multiple apprentices.
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No surprises there then! Kate showed off her tennis skills by playing with members of the organisation, and showed she meant business by taking off her blazer! The royal is a huge fan of tennis, and regularly attends Wimbledon matches. She is also reportedly keen for her two eldest children, George and Charlotte, to learn how to play, and the pair are thought to have taken up lessons.