The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been in Sunderland today where they took in the city’s vibrant arts scene and state-of-the art engineering.
William and Kate officially opened the Fire Station, which was transformed into the city’s £3.5 million pounds new music and arts hub. Chatting to a group from Young Asian Voices at the arts centre Kate asked if one of the girls would draw a henna design on her hand.
The duchess seemed delighted when 18 year old Shajida Begum drew a black flower with a swirl. Kate also asked the girls for a pack of bindis, which she said she wanted for her daughter Charlotte.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge then looked like extras from Bob The Builder when they donned safety gear to help put the finishing touches to Northern Spire, the new Wear crossing.
Wearing hard hats, goggles and high visibility jackets, William and Kate tightened a couple of nuts on the £117 million infrastructure project aimed at helping with the regeneration of the city.
As he used a ratchet wrench, the duke joked about doing “the DIY” but unlike the children’s character Bob – whose motto is Can we fix it? Yes we can William later quipped “we’ll walk away and the bolt will drop out”.