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Northampton awaits Danish princess

Girl guides in Northampton await the arrival of Princess Benedikte of Denmark Credit: Russell Hookey / ITV Anglia

Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark is visiting Northampton to mark the strong trade links between her country and the town. Her visit comes after she opened the Carlsberg brewery in Northampton - the first outside its homeland of Denmark - in 1974.

The royal visit will begin with a reception at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, where the princess will view the wedding shoes worn by Queen Victoria, her great-great-grandmother.

She will then move to The Guildhall, where she will see the two stone murals at either side of the entrance to the building depicting the Danish invasion of Northampton in the 9th Century and the arrival of HRH Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863 to marry the the future King Edward VII.

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Kate arrives in Ipswich

The Duchess of Cambridge has arrived at the Treehouse Hospice in Ipswich where she will give her first public speech since becoming a royal. She was greeted by crowds of children who'd waited all morning for her to arrive.

Kate will be shown around the hospice and meet children and their families who receive care and support from East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH), before making her first public address at about 11.30am.

Early morning preparations for Duchess visit to Ipswich

The Duchess of Cambridge will make her first public speech in Ipswich when she visits one of her charities, East Anglia's Children's Hospices.

Kate will address the organisation's staff, supporters and the families of children with life-threatening conditions who are supported and cared for by the charity which works across Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

She is royal patron of the charity and visited it privately last autumn when researching which good causes she wanted to support.

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