Royals visit Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire prepares to welcome the Royal couple Credit: Press Association

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be making their first official visit to Cambridge tomorrow.

On the day of his wedding, The Queen conferred the Dukedom of Cambridge on Prince William. He then became His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge. His wife, Miss Catherine Middleton, became Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.

The Royal couple will carry out a number of engagements in the city before visiting Peterborough. They will begin, at about 1020, with a visit to the Guildhall where they will appear on a balcony overlooking the Market Square.

They will then walk through the Square to the Senate House. Once there, just after 11 o'clock, they will be met by Lord Sainsbury of Turville, the Chancellor of the University, and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz. At the Senate House, the University Orator will give the Royal couple a private introduction to the University and the Senate House.

They will then attend a marquee reception in the Senate House Yard. They'll meet a selection of people including students from all the Cambridge Colleges. Towards the end of this engagement, The Duke will deliver a short speech.

Next stop on the agenda, at about noon, is Jimmy’s Cambridge, an organisation which offers safety, security and support to those who would otherwise be forced to sleep rough.

Jimmy’s provides food, single en-suite rooms, support for resettlement. Each year it accommodates more than 300 different people and provides the equivalent of around 7,500 bedspaces.

Jimmy’s is named after Jim who spent much of his life sleeping rough, including, in his later years, living beneath the motorway bridge at junction 13 of the M11. He was an inspirational character and when he died, a dedicated group vowed that a permanent night shelter would be established in his memory.

At 1.30 the Royal couple will be visiting The Manor School. The state secondary school serves the local community in the north of the Cambridge.

Since 2009 it has been involved in The Prince’s Teaching Institute, one of The Prince of Wales’s charities, which has offered teachers opportunities to develop their teaching skills.

The Duke and Duchess will tour the school, watch a drama, music and dance presentation and unveil a plaque.

Their final engagement of the day, at about 3.15, will be a visit to Peterborough City Hospital.

The new building opened in November 2010 and replaced three former hospitals. It serves half a million people living in parts of Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire and Norfolk.