Smiling Kate Middleton is centre of attention as Prince William looks on in Cornwall

Kate Middleton beamed at the crowds as she looked flawless once again on anotherroyal engagement.

The Princess of Wales, 41, wore a stylish, long brown coat over a crimson roll neck jumper with knee-high suede boots during the trip to Cornwall.

It was the first time Kate andPrince William, 40, have visited the county together since becoming The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall.

The royal couple visited the harbour town of Falmouth on Thursday to learn about Cornwall’s maritime heritage before visiting a community centre supporting people in the area.

Crowds of locals gathered to welcome the Prince and Princess of Wales. One well-wisher handed Princess Kate a bouquet of flowers while Prince William tenderly touched his wife’s back as they chatted to groups of royal fans.

According to Cornwall Live, the Duke and Duchess first toured through the National Maritime Museum and went into the workshop to meet some volunteers from the local marine school.

They were told about the work being done to boats including the Titanic Lifeboat 13 and the Kiwi boat. Kate enquired about pictures of them in the early days and William joked he’d keep his eyes peeled for parts and wished them “the best of luck”.

The royal couple also helped students from the local marine school with work on one of the boats, with Kate saying that William “can do the hammering”, through the Princess did also give it a go afterwards.

William, heir to the throne, inherited the Duke of Cornwall title from his father whenCharles acceded to the throne following the death ofQueen Elizabeth II in September.

So, as well as being the Prince of Wales, William, 40, is also the Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge.

Princess Kate is now known as the Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge.

Speaking about Thursday’s visit to Falmouth, a spokeswoman for the couple said: “The Duke and Duchess will learn about Cornwall’s maritime heritage before visiting a local community centre which is going the extra mile to give opportunities to individuals while building a supportive and cohesive community.”

During the visit, Kate and William were also set to hear from a group of young people taking part in the ‘Young and Talented Cornwall’ scheme, which provides financial support to help youngsters across Cornwall reach their full potential, regardless of their financial means or background.

The fund has given out almost £350,000 to 275 individuals in the past ten years – supporting future Olympic medal winners, rugby players, and musicians now playing in major orchestras – among others.

In November, William made his first official visit to Cornwall since taking on the title Duke of Cornwall.

He met staff, volunteers and young people at Newquay Orchard, which offers environmental education, employability training and community events.


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