William & Kate Visit Cumbria

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent an “away day” in Keswick, Cumbria this afternoon, undertaking a series of engagements that allowed them to meet members of the public and see the community.

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The day began with a walkabout through Market Square.

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As they worked their way down the square, they met with local officials and community leaders, and sampled local produce. Somewhat notably, Kate even ate, which she was hesitant to do in the early years of her royal career. (I don’t blame her – I can’t think of anything more daunting then having a pack of photographers catching your every angle while you, out of necessity, eat with your hands!)

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They also took time to meet with Kerry Irving, a mental health campaigner who William and Kate met during the Buckingham Palace garden party last month. They were reportedly so impressed, that they specifically asked to meet with him and his wife again today.

With the couple were their three therapy dogs, who easily stole the show (much like Prince Louis during Trooping the Colour). Worth mentioning is that one of them is named “Prince Harry,” which William seemed to fine amusing.

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Kate also remarked that the dogs were calm before insinuating that the Cambridges’ own cocker spaniel, Lupo, is decidedly not. Whatever. Lupo is still my favorite Cambridge.

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Cumbria’s bread and butter is its agricultural industry, so the couple then moved on to Deepdale Hall Farm, owned by the Brown family. The two were given a tour of the facilities and even tried their hand at sheep shearing. Some video of Kate partaking was shared by Kensington Palace:

Inside, they sat with the family and discussed a host of topics, including Brexit. The Browns indicated they were surprised any of their neighbors voted in favor of leaving the EU, since they believe UK farming will be negatively affected. In fact, Mr. Brown likened it to “turkeys voting for Christmas,” so do with that what you will.

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We’ve no idea what the Royal Family thinks about Brexit, of course, though there have been rumors over the last three years that are frankly all over the map.

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Finally, the walk outside really highlighted just how beautiful the English countryside is. Some of these photos look like postcards.

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On the fashion front, Kate kept it casual with black skinny jeans, her new favorite Chloe boots that we’ve been seeing a lot of lately, and a new green khaki jacket by Troy London.

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And I’m not exactly sure what to call Kate’s half-braided ponytail, so I’m just going to call it a fancy ponytail. I liked it – it was a nice way to keep her hair out of her face, while still being youthful and sporty with the rest of her look.

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We will next see HRH tomorrow when she attends a gala for Action on Addiction, so see you then. And if you missed it, there was a post earlier today on some of the news swirling around the Cambridges and Sussexes.

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