Prince William and Kate Middleton meet students in Northern Ireland after red carpet appearance

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are carrying out their first visit to Derry-Londonderry in Northern Ireland. Prince William and Kate will spend the day meeting young people and hearing how organisations are engaging across communities to promote positive relations. 

It comes after the Duke and Duchess wowed on the red carpet for the world premiere of James Bond: No Time To Die on Tuesday evening at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The Cambridges joined the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall for a glamourous night out, where Kate dazzled in a gold sequin gown by Jenny Packham.

Kicking off the day, William and Kate are visiting Ulster University’s Magee Campus. Earlier this year, the couple spoke to nursing students from the University via video call and heard more about their experiences of studying during the pandemic, and of undertaking placements on the frontline of the COVID-19 response in Northern Ireland. 

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William donned a navy suit with a pale blue shirt for the visit to the university, while Kate opted for an elegant business look in a purple trouser suit from Emilia Wickstead’s AW21 collection. 

The Duchess teamed the two-piece with a navy rollneck, court shoes and her quilted Jaeger bag. 

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The Duchess’ hair was styled in a high ponytail and she accessorised with gold hoop earrings. 

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The Cambridges were given a tour of the university campus during their visit. 

They also saw a specially designed simulated ambulance – the only one of its kind in the region – built on campus to train the very first year group on the brand new BSc Hons Paramedic Science programme in Northern Ireland.  

This course, which started just last week, is offered by the University to support the development of the paramedic profession in Northern Ireland and further afield.

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William and Kate meet with the first cohort of medical students accepted into the University’s new School of Medicine, established this year in response to the nationwide shortage in the medical workforce.  

The new School will develop a new generation of doctors who will work in Northern Ireland and beyond, once their studies are compete. It has received a £1m investment and now boasts high-tech, high-spec facilities.

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Kate showed no fear as she held a tarantula called Charlotte from Kidz Farm during a tour of the campus.

The Cambridges’ daughter, Princess Charlotte, has previously revealed her love of spiders as she and her brothers posed questions to Sir David Attenborough in October 2020. 

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