Prince William and Kate to end day in Cornwall with romantic evening

Prince William and Kate touched down in Cornwall on Thursday (Sept. 1) to kick off their two-day mini tour. After arriving via private jet with an entourage of six, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will check into a romantic manor house following a day of engagements in Truro and Newquay.

William and Kate will spend Thursday night at the picturesque Restormel Manor, a 500-year-old historic house in Lostwithiel that sleeps 18 and can cost up to $10,889 a week to rent. Kate's family the Middletons previously stayed there in 2010, paying roughly $5,227 for their booking over Christmas.

The property is fittingly owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, which funds the charitable, public and private activities of William's father, Prince Charles.


Prince William and Kate Middleton in Cornwall
William and Kate will spend the night at the romantic Restormel Manor, owned by the Duchy of Cornwall

The purpose of William and Kate's trip is to meet local organisations, businesses and charities, as well as visit a number of Duchy of Cornwall projects.

Aides said that the tour is a "good chance to find out more and meet local people" as William and Kate will one day be named the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, when Charles ascends the throne.

The royals, who left their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte at home, were given a warm welcome on Thursday morning. Locals had waited patiently for hours outside Truro Cathedral, the couple's first stop of the day.

Kate dressed for the mild weather, wearing a pale pink Lela Rose dress while William looked smart in a blazer and chinos.

Prince William and Kate Middleton greating patrons of their arrival
William and Kate will one day be named the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall

The couple met officials from the diocese of Truro Cathedral, before signing a slate in support of the cathedral's $5.6m (£3.2m) fundraising appeal for roof repairs.

William and Kate then paid a visit to Zebs, a safe, friendly and creative space where young people can go to hang out with friends and take part in different activities. Support groups are also on offer to help children and teenagers.

The royals chatted to men's and women's groups and were shown a mental health photography project by a group a girls, which William said was "very impressive".

The couple also learned how Wave Project uses surfing to help reduce anxiety in children, and improve their mental wellbeing, a cause that the royals have long championed.

On Friday they will continue their tour to the picturesque Isles of Scilly, an archipelago made up of over 200 rocks and islands that have been part of the Duchy since the 14th century.

They will visit St Mary's island to see gig rowing, the quay extension and the famous Tresco Abbey Garden, followed by a stop at St Martin's island to visit a flower farm.

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