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The royal couple stepped out on Thursday

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The Prince and Princess of Wales travelled to Scarborough on Thursday to support young people's mental health services.

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The Royal Foundation of The Prince and Princess of Wales and Yorkshire-based organisation, the Two Ridings Community Foundation, have joined forces to generate an impressive pool of funding. 

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During their visit, the royal couple met with local organisations The Street and The Rainbow Centre before distributing £345,000 of funding via a grant panel of the Two Ridings Community Foundation. 

The panel included young people who have themselves been supported by local community organisations, helping to ensure that the money goes straight to the services that have the greatest impact.

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The funding will be used to boost the provision of safe spaces, affordable sports and outdoor activities, youth work, creative workshops and mentoring. 

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Princess Kate donned a gorgeous camel coat

Amanda Berry, CEO, The Royal Foundation of The Prince and Princess of Wales said: "Ensuring that young people have access to a wide range of mental health support is something that The Prince and Princess of Wales feel extremely passionate about. 

"Tackling the stigma around mental health and ensuring that help is there for those who need it continues to be one of society's biggest issues."

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The royal was greeted by a cheering crowd

She continued: "The Royal Foundation is therefore delighted that by working with Two Ridings Community Foundation, we have played a pivotal role in galvanising funding to support the organisations doing this vital work in the community, creating a long-lasting impact for young people in Scarborough."

Jan Garrill, Chief Executive, Two Ridings Community Foundation said: "The fund for Scarborough is the perfect opportunity to involve young people in decisions that affect them… These funds are just the start, and we hope others show the same leadership and compassion and invest in this work."

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Princess Kate spoke to kids at The Rainbow Centre

Kate looked super stylish as always, wearing a sumptuous beige overcoat layered over a belted turtleneck beige knitted dress featuring long sleeves and a figure-skimming fit. The Princess wore her hair down loose with a side parting and natural makeup highlighted her lovely features.

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The mum-of-three appeared in high spirits

DeMellier's 'Nano Montreal Bag in Deep Toffee Smooth Leather' completed her elegant attire, in addition to some timeless neural-toned high heels.

William, meanwhile, looked smart in a navy suit and burgundy jumper. He finished off his outfit with a pair of suede brown shoes. 

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The royal was gifted two stunning bouquets

The visit comes after Princess Kate, 40, returned to work on Tuesday after a family break with Prince William and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The royal - who is one of the patrons of the Royal Foundation of the Prince and Princess of Wales – received the Chief Executive, Amanda Berry, at Windsor Castle.

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William looked dapper in a navy suit

Kate then spoke with the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, via telephone before holding an Early Years Meeting.

And this weekend, the mum-of-three will make a very special appearance to cheer on the England rugby team. Kate will watch England in their Rugby League World Cup quarter-final against Papua New Guinea in Wigan on Saturday.

It is her first match since succeeding Prince Harry as the patron of the Rugby Football League, becoming the figurehead for the Rugby Football Union at the same time.

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