The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are spending the day taking in the vibrant arts scene in Sunderland, where they will also tour a new bridge. Following a week off with their children, Prince William and Kate, travelled up north for the engagement on Wednesday (Feb. 21). Kicking things off at the Fire Station, the couple explored the newly converted music and arts hub housed in one of the city's most iconic buildings.
The royals charmed locals as they took part in a short walkabout outside the building; fans had waited in the hope of catching a glimpse of William, 35, and heavily pregnant Kate, 36, who is expecting the couple's third child in April. The Duchess beat the chill in a Dolce & Gabbana coat.
Once inside the Fire Station, the couple were treated to a colourful performance of music, dance and theatre from local children and young people. They made the visit official by opening the Fire Station before leaving.
Next, William and Kate travelled to the Northern Spire, where they were one of the first to walk across the striking new bridge, due to open this spring. The couple were told how the 1,550-tonne bridge – which is taller than Big Ben's clock tower and twice as high as Nelson's Column – will help improve links between the Port of Sunderland and the city centre. They met local children who will benefit from using the bridge, before crossing it themselves to meet the engineers and construction workers who helped build it.