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From cooking and boxing to trying their hands at music-making, Prince William and Kate have had an eventful first day together on their tour of Scotland.
The Duchess of Cambridge joined her husband in and around Edinburgh today following William’s arrival in the city last Friday. They began the day with a visit to the social care charity Turning Point Scotland, where staff described them as “lovely people” as they heard about the range of services the organization offers to help those facing challenges including mental ill health.
Next, they saw the work of The Scottish Violence Reduction Unit (SVRU), and the support it provides to community organizations across the country. Founded in 2005 by Strathclyde Police, the unit aims to stop violence by tackling the root causes of violent behaviors. Kate tried her hand at creating a song alongside SVRU’s partner Heavy Sound, which aims to re-engage young people who fall out of education by delivering projects tailored to their interests, including song writing, DJ’ing, music production, and sound recording. As her creation was played, William joked, “Please turn that off it’s hurting my ears.” Before departing the Duchess apologized, “Sorry for leaving such a terrible song...delete it, delete it.”
Kensington Palace posted a video of the exchange on its Twitter and Instagram accounts with the message to the organization: “Keep up the incredible work @vruscotland in leading the way in finding compassionate, holistic, human-led solutions. Oh and please do delete that music.”
William and Kate also met young people supported by the service to hear about their experiences, and how coming to the center has inspired them to pursue qualifications. They joined a group taking part in a Muay Thai boxing session which aims to teach young people discipline and de-escalation techniques.
Afterwards, the couple rolled up their sleeves at the cafe kitchen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. They were joined by charity Sikh Sanjog to make chapattis and pack up curries to be distributed to vulnerable families across the Edinburgh community. The charity was established in 1989 to support women from the Sikh community integrate into Scottish society and aims to empower women. During lockdown, Sikh Sanjog set up a service to provide hot curry meals twice a week, and the service is ongoing.
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