Yesterday, the Duchess of Cambridge looked incredibly dated and off-seasonal in a houndstooth Alessandra Rich dress. She looked like a Christmas tube. It was awful. But I understood later why she wore that dress – she was preparing herself for the tartan theme-dressing ahead. That’s right, William and Kate are heading back to Scotland. They haven’t been in Scotland since their ill-advised Covid Choo Choo Tour last winter, which was so bad and poorly timed that Scottish people were calling the cops on the Keens for breaking pandemic regulations. Will and Kate famously began dating in Scotland, when they attended St. Andrew’s, although that’s not where they met. As we now know, Kate had been throwing herself in William’s path for years before then like a true stalker. So, let’s hear what the Keenbridges’ Scottish tour will be about:
It’s been announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are off on a trip of their own, bound for Scotland later this week. On 19 May, Kensington Palace announced that William will spend just under a week in Scotland, with his visit spanning from Friday 21 May to Thursday 27 May. William will be making the trip in his capacity as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, before being joined by Kate halfway through his stay, on Monday 24 May.
Together the couple will visit Edinburgh and Fife, as well as making their first ever joint official trip to Orkney. Kensington Palace stated that ‘Their Royal Highnesses look forward to meeting a wide variety of people across the country, as well as charities and organisations who are doing incredible work on issues such as the environment, mental health, homelessness and addiction.’
William was honoured with the role of Lord High Commissioner by the Queen, in which capacity he will carry out a number of duties, such as making speeches at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. He will also find out how the Church has been impacted by the pandemic, spending a day ‘hearing how charities associated with The Church of Scotland have come together over the past year to provide for their local communities in spite of physical distance.’
The focus of the visit will very much be on thanking those who have played a key role in caring for others during the coronavirus crisis, such as frontline workers, NHS staff, volunteers and the military. In a particularly personal gesture from the football-loving Duke, William will be inviting a number of emergency responders to join him in watching the Scottish Cup Final – the most renowned knockout football competition in Scotland – at a rooftop bar.
In their capacities as Joint Patrons of NHS Charities Together, William and Kate will also host Scottish NHS staff at the Queen’s Edinburgh royal residence, the Palace of Holyroodhouse. There, attendees will join the Duke and Duchess in watching a screening of the new Disney film Cruella, starring Emma Stone, in a special drive-in cinema.
Later this year, Glasgow will be playing host to the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). In advance of the important event, William and Kate will visit a number of projects focused on combatting climate change, including racing an Extreme E electric vehicle at the iconic Knockhill Racing Circuit, visiting Orkney’s European Marine Energy Centre, and learning about the work of green spaces protection charity Fields in Trust. The latter visit will hold particular emotional resonance for the royal couple, given that William’s late grandfather, Prince Philip, was an ardent champion of Fields in Trust for 64 years. In 2013, he passed his much-prized Presidency on to his grandson.
They also have an event at St. Andrews, just FYI. Their tour sounds… um, like Kensington Palace is trying to embiggen their activities. Oh, they’ll watch Cruella! William is going to watch football! In between those big-girl and big-boy events, it sounds like they’re just going to knock out a dozen quickie appearances here and there, probably staying for 20 minutes, just long enough for William to point at something and offend people while Kate gawps and fusses with her tartan. There will be so many buttons and so much plaid, you guys. Prepare yourselves for the Earl and Countess of Strathearn’s work-shy Scottish vibez.
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