The Prince and Princess of Wales visited Scarborough for a Community Impact Day.
More from Victoria Murphy’s story for Town and Country.
…today, they have given further insight into a new way of working, which will see them carry out engagements designed to leave a lasting legacy.
The Royal Foundation of the Prince and Princess of Wales today announced £345,000 of funding to be given to organizations in Scarborough working to help young people’s mental health. The pledge came as the royal couple spent the day in the north Yorkshire seaside town, where many live in deprivation.
A royal source said that today’s engagements were significant as they represented the Royal Foundation piloting a new type of ‘community impact day’ royal visit designed to leave a lasting legacy.
The funding results from a collaboration between The Royal Foundation of The Prince and Princess of Wales and the Two Ridings Community Foundation.
The Street is an ambitious 3000m² development, designed to stimulate and transform disadvantaged communities. Open six days per week, The Street offers a thoughtful range of activity spaces alongside office accommodation aimed at not-for-profits and charitable organisations.
A 10m Climbing Wall, Home Economics kitchen and a space for Arts & Crafts adds extra options to what the building can offer you.
Below, the Prince and Princess as they were welcomed to The Street.
More from The Evening Standard’s piece.
William and Kate were greeted by a cheering crowd as they started their day at The Street – a community hub that supports local organisations to grow and develop their services.
William and Kate began by meeting the grant panel of young people who had decided how the money should be allocated.
The Two Ridings Community Foundation reports, “Their Royal Highnesses met four young people who are part of a panel involved in allocating our funds in Scarborough to help support the mental wellbeing of children and young people. The teens also presented their Manifesto for Change, highlighting what’s needed to help young people thrive.”
There was another princess at today’s engagement. Her name is Callie Rose, and she was waiting to give flowers to the Princess of Wales.
Here is a video.
Callie Rose dressed up as Princess for the Royal visit to Scarborough today…this was a moment she met a real life Princess ???? pic.twitter.com/Hdxbq6cqoZ
— Greatest Hits Radio Yorkshire Coast (@GHRYorksCoast) November 3, 2022
More From this People article.
During the outing, Princess Kate and Prince William met a little girl named Callie Rose, who was dressed up like a princess in a light blue dress and a matching bow in her hair. The couple bent down as Callie excitedly handed Kate a bouquet, as seen in a video shared on Twitter by Greatest Hits Radio Yorkshire Coast.
Callie also provided a lighthearted moment when she crashed Prince William’s speech. As the Prince of Wales spoke about the funding will help the community, Callie approached the couple, prompting them both to laugh.
The Prince delivered brief remarks.
Callie Rose also makes a cameo during Prince William’s remarks.
WATCH ⬇️ The moment Prince William is interrupted by a little girl during a speech in pic.twitter.com/Jq2fDZ4J7A
— Greatest Hits Radio Yorkshire Coast (@GHRYorksCoast) November 3, 2022
The Princess during today’s visit to The Street.
The pair then spent time with people gathered outside the center hoping to see the royals.
The Princess and a well-wisher.
Time for a selfie.
The Prince greets people.
And one more image from this engagement.
The Prince and Princess then visited the Rainbow Center.
More from This is the Coast.
…their Royal Highnesses visited The Rainbow Centre, an organisation that offers an open door to the community of Scarborough and help and support to anyone in need.
The Prince and Princess heard from volunteers and staff at the centre around how they create wraparound support for service users which helps to build strong communities that support people practically as well as emotionally.
Below, the pair meeting with adults who have used some of the center’s services.
…The Rainbow Centre, William and Kate, listened the stories of people who were being helped by the open door support it provides to anyone in need in the town.
Talking to managers of the centre, he was told how the centre has seen a huge upsurge in demand for its service and how difficult it had been for many people to come forward for help.
William said he was worried about how many people were still living in isolation after the pandemic. He told the group: ‘It worries me so much. Up and down the country people are still living in bubbles. ‘Life has moved on for everyone else. It’s been three or four years now. The mental health consequences of that?’
Steve Cottrell, 60, told the royal visitors how The Rainbow Centre had save his life after years on the streets. ‘Without this place, I wouldn’t be here,’ he said.
The couple spent time in the nursery.
The Princess making a new friend.
Playing with some of the children and their modeling dough.
The expression on Prince William’s face would make for a great caption contest.
Meeting with staff at the Rainbow Center.
Then it was time to wrap things up. Below, Prince William waves goodbye to the nursery class.
And the Princess of Wales shakes a few hands.
Victoria Murphy’s Town and Country piece referenced above spoke of a modified approach to community work. Here is more information via Victoria Ward’s Telegraph story.
The Prince and Princess of Wales are to break with the classic mould of royal engagement as they combine ribbon cutting with generating hard cash for local communities. The couple are determined to change their way of working in order to create change in the areas they visit.
Rather than the traditional “away days” that have long involved members of the Royal family sweeping into towns and villages across the UK, greeting crowds, unveiling plaques and then leaving, they aim to create a “lasting legacy.”
The Prince and Princess today piloted the new model, called a Community Impact Day, in Scarborough, North Yorks.
The Prince and Princess plan to roll out further pilots of this kind next year in different parts of the UK, each focused on one of the Royal Foundation’s specific interest areas. They include conservation, early childhood, emergency responders and Covid-19.
Now for our look at what Kate wore.
We begin with her Wool Long Run Coat (£439, about $490 at today’s exchange rates) by Max and Co. The coat is 100% wool, with notched lapels, on-seam pockets, a back vent, a self-belt, and an open-front style.
Beneath the coat, the Princess wore what appears to be a knit dress in a midi length, with long sleeves and a turtleneck.
The dress has not yet been identified. Originally. I thought it was a knit top and skirt, but in seeing photos of the Princess with her coat off, it looks like a dress. UPDATE: The dress appears to be by Gabriela Hearst, the designer’s ‘Betti’ cashmere/silk/wool turtleneck dress. The design features a ribbed rollneck collar, fitted bodice, and A-line skirt.
The Princess brought back a pair of pumps by Ralph Lauren, the retailer’s Celia style ($675 at Farfetch), first noted in September 2020. The Celia is a classic point-toe pump in calfskin with a 4.1″ heel.
The Princess carried her Nano Montreal Handbag ($395) in the deep toffee smooth colorway by Demellier London. The bag measures roughly 7″ x 4.5″ x 3.5″ and has an adjustable, removable strap so it may be carried by the handle or worn as a cross-body style. Demellier notes its suppliers are “certified by the European Leather Working Group, guaranteeing the highest standards of sustainability and sourcing.”
We also saw the return of the Twisted Circle Hoop Earrings ($2, sold out) by Accessorize.
Both the Prince and Princess wore poppies today, as are many others in the UK with the recent launch of the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal.
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We’ll see you Saturday!
- Saturday, November 5: The Princess of Wales, Patron of the Rugby Football League, will attend the England vs Papua New Guinea Rugby League World Cup 2021 Quarter Final match at the DW Stadium in Wigan.