The royal couple traveled aboard the royal train on a three-day tour of England, Scotland, and Wales to thank the volunteer workers for Christmas.
William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, set out on December 6 on an intense three-day train journey, which took them across the UK to pay tribute to the volunteers before Christmas.
During the tour, they made stops in different locations to meet and thank individuals and organizations that have provided support to vulnerable people in their communities during this particularly difficult year.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William departing the Lindo Wing with their newborn daughter at St Mary's Hospital in London, England in May 2015. | Image: Getty Images
With a total of 1,250 miles traveled, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met for work visits, meeting staff from care homes, volunteers, teachers, youth, and children who shared their experiences during these challenging months.
The official notice says: “The Duke and Duchess will travel on the Royal Train across England, Scotland, and Wales – undertaking working visits to pay tribute to the inspiring work of individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond to support communities during this incredibly challenging year for the nation.”
PROVIDING RECOGNITION AND SUPPORT
Several of the meetings held by his Royal Highnesses were to celebrate and recognize community spirit. These actions demonstrate the impact of the public's generosity this year.
In addition, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with representatives of organizations that have been supported by community aid funds. One such organization is NHS Charities Together.
FIRST LINE ARTS
The UK arts, heritage, and live performance sector have received financial support during the pandemic from the Culture Recovery Fund.
To celebrate this inspiring work of organizations and initiatives, the Duke and Duchess were invited to witness a series of festive artistic performances during the three days of their trip.
START OF THE TOUR
The Duke and Duchess left Euston Station in London, before departing they spoke with station service personnel. During the first stop, the royal couple chatted with staff from the Scottish Ambulance Service, in Edinburgh.
Later, the dukes met children from a local school, met some very friendly reindeer, and then visited Holy Trinity Church of England First School in Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Early in the morning the next day, the royal couple arrived at Bath Spa station, headed for Cardiff Castle. The pair visited a local fair where they walked through the little shops and roasted marshmallows together. Later they visited Cleve Court Care Home in Bath.
The itinerary of his Royal Highnesses was not made known to avoid crowds of people, however, the tour was a success, since recognition was given to those who have given so much for their communities.
END OF THE TOUR
The endpoint of the tour was Windsor Castle, where the Cambridges met with other senior royals and the Queen to take the corresponding photo that marks the end of the 2020 tour.
Kate and William were delighted to be able to go on the tour and the queen gave them permission to ride the royal train. This is the first tour that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made after declaring a pandemic in the spring.