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Duke and Duchess of Sussex to visit Birkenhead next week

Duke and Duchess of Sussex back in October during a trip to Bondi Beach Photo: PA

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to carry out their first official engagement of the year by visiting Birkenhead in Merseyside.

Harry and Meghan will travel to the Wirral on Monday January 14 to see a number of organisations which support the local community.

The duke and duchess, who are expecting their first child in the spring, will visit Tomorrow's Women Wirral, an organisation that supports women in vulnerable circumstances.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day Credit: PA

It was set up in 2011 to support women on their release from prison, and now offers a range of training courses and workshops for more than 6,000 local women, including support groups around mental health issues, domestic abuse and addiction.

The couple will also visit the Hive, Wirral Youth Zone, created by the charity OnSide Youth Zones, which is developing 21st century youth facilities across the UK.

The duke and duchess will also meet members of the public in Hamilton Square when they view a new sculpture marking the 100th anniversary of the death of Birkenhead war poet Wilfred Owen.