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Kate Middleton reunites with Prince William for start of 'nostalgic' Scotland tour - best photos

The royal couple met and fell in love in Scotland

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Sharnaz Shahid
Deputy Online Editor
Updated: 24 May 2021
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The Duchess of Cambridge was reunited with Prince William as they started their official tour of Scotland together. William, 38, began the week-long visit alone on Friday, in his role as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

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On Monday, the royal couple paid a visit to leading social care charity Turning Point Scotland, where they met with workers to hear about the vital support they provide to those with complex needs, including addiction and mental health challenges.

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Turning Point Scotland (TPS) is Scotland's leading social care service developer and provider. Established in 1999, TPS works to tailor its services to the individual’s needs, and seeks to create pathways for the people it supports to become active citizens in their community.

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The Duke and Duchess spoke with individuals supported by Turning Point Scotland's Turnaround service. Turnaround delivers targeted programmes to address the complex and interrelated issues of offending behaviours and problematic use of alcohol and other drugs, which often result in patterns of re-offending.

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Kate, 39, look stunning as usual in a blue Zara blazer and a matching pleated skirt from Hope, while her husband opted for a navy jacket and trousers combination.

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The tour will no doubt be special for the royals, who happened to meet and fall in love when they were students at St Andrews University.

Over the weekend, William revealed that the country holds some of his "happiest memories" and his "saddest" whilst speaking at the Opening Ceremony of the General Assembly of The Church of Scotland on Saturday.

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"I was in Balmoral when I was told that my mother had died. Still in shock, I found sanctuary in the service at Crathie Kirk that very morning," he said. "And in the dark days of grief that followed, I found comfort and solace in the Scottish outdoors. As a result, the connection I feel to Scotland will forever run deep."

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He then spoke of the "great joy" of meeting the Duchess at university almost 20 years ago. "Alongside this painful memory, is one of great joy," the doting husband revealed. "Because it was here in Scotland – twenty years ago this year – that I first met Catherine. Needless to say, the town where you meet your future wife holds a very special place in your heart."

The royal couple married in April 2011, and have since welcomed three children together: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

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Later, Kate and William visited a violence reduction unit which aims to help reduce violence and knife crime across Scotland.

The Scottish Violence Reduction Unit is a national centre of expertise in tackling violence, motivated by the belief that violence is preventable, not inevitable. The unit was founded in 2005 by Strathclyde Police, who in the face of rising homicide rates wanted to try a different approach to tackling violence. 

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The SVRU has continued to work with the young people it supports, helping them to build positive relationships with the police and the justice system.

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The Duke and Duchess met with young people supported by the service to hear about their experiences, and how coming to the centre has inspired them to pursue qualifications in subject areas such as music production and bike maintenance.

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William was asked if he wanted to take part in a Muay Thai boxing session with the youngsters, but he begged off, joking that he had left his kit at home. However, he told guests: “I’ve done a bit of boxing in the Army, but a long time ago.”

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Kate was asked if she would like to take part in music production, and she gamely donned her headphones to see what the organisation Heavy Sound, who work with the SVRU, does.

Heavy Sound aims to make learning work for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people who are excluded or fall out of education and works to re-engage them through delivering innovative projects tailored to their interests, including song writing, DJ’ing, music production, and sound recording.

However, William was not as impressed with her beats, as he joked: "What’s that? It sounded like a cat… It might catch on – in about a hundred years’ time!”

"It’s hurting my ears!” he then exclaimed as he asked her to stop.

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Kate laughed off William's comments as he claimed her music wasn't "number one material yet".

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SVRU's community bus, which features a music studio and other facilities, was purchased for £1 from a bus company. Prisoners at Saughton prison in Edinburgh helped to fix it up, and it now houses several of the group's ongoing projects.

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Their third engagement of the day was at the Sikh Sanjog community group in the café kitchen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. There, the Duke and Duchess helped a local cafe to make chapatis and met with representatives of a Sikh community group to hear about their work.

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William told guests that he "loves curry" but admitted he can't have it "too spicy." Kate also shared that she loves the dish - and although William shared that she was very good at making it, he complained that she "likes a bit of spice".

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At the height of the pandemic, the community group was delivering around 150 meals each week to those in need but shared that they have now reduced that to around 60 a week, as the local area begins to recover.

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The community group started as a small group untol 1994 when Mrs Singh’s six-year-old son, Ameet, was killed in a car accident.

"The women of our community only socialised with each other. But then in 1994 I lost my son and it was a real turning point," Mrs Singh shared.

"We were born and brought up here but nobody knew who we were, it was difficult to get support. So I decided to broaden the group to the wider Sikh community, with the founding principle of equality for women. We had great support from Edinburgh City Council and the Scottish Government and have gone from five members to more than 200.” The group runs educational programs that focus on health and wellbeing, as well as youth groups, and their cafe serves homecooked meals.

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Kate sat with children at the community group who asked her to draw flowers for which they then coloured in. The Duchess also suggested they colour in rainbows, and the Duke thanked a little boy who gifted him a picture of the sun and sea. "Thank you so much. I’m not a very good drawer, so you’ve done a better job than me," shared William.

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