Kate Middleton wears tartan as she arrives with William for Dundee visit

Kate Middleton wears tartan as she arrives with William for Dundee visit

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have opened a multi-million pound museum in Dundee as part of their first official joint engagement of the year.

Hundreds travelled far and wide – with one couple even coming from Detroit, Michigan – to brave the rain and catch a glimpse of the royal couple this afternoon.

In a nod to her Scottish hosts, Kate opted for a Alexander McQueen green tartan coat which she has been pictured wearing on numerous occasions – including in 2012 when she visited her old prep school, Saint Andrew’s in Pangbourne.

She also wore the stunning ensemble during a Christmas church service in Sandringham in 2013. The navy and green pattern is that of Scotland’s 3rd Battalion Regiment, known as the Black Watch.

Today she paired the coat with black gloves, black block heels, a Manu Atelier green leather bag and pair of Princess Diana’s sapphire earrings.

McQueen is a firm favourite of Kate’s, with Sarah Burton from the luxury fashion house designing the Duchess’s wedding dress in 2011.

The couple, who last visited the city in 2015, officially opened Scotland’s first design museum , V&A Dundee, and unveiled a plaque before greeting members of the public.

Scotland has a special place in their hearts as it is where their love story began in 2001 while studying at the University of St Andrews.

The attraction they opened this afternoon is the centrepiece of a £1 billion transformation of the Dundee waterfront, once part of the city’s docklands.

While meeting schoolchildren Kate remarked that she has “never seen a museum like this”.

William , 36, and Kate , 37, the first royal patron of the V&A, also met the team who helped create the £80 million venue which has garnered interest from across the globe.

It is named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, William’s great-great-great-great grandparents.

More than 380,000 people have visited the museum since it opened to the public in September.

It was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and the building takes its inspiration from the cliffs along the north-east coast and stretches out into the River Tay.

Kate and Wills, who also have the titles of the Earl and Countess of Strathearn in Scotland, shook hands with Mr Kumo and complimented his work.

Kate also took to the stage and gave a speech in which she said: "William and I are so pleased to be back here in Dundee to celebrate the opening of this wonderful museum today. Thank you so much for inviting us.

"Last February I was delighted to become patron of the V&A in London. Now nearly a year later I am thrilled to be standing in a brand new V&A – one which has been built for the city of Dundee and for Scotland."

She added: “I hope that V&A Dundee will serve as an inspiration to others by showing how great things can be achieved when different communities pull together and work for the common good."

After leaving the multi-million pound building, Kate and Wills then headed outside to greet the well-wishers, some waving flags, who had gathered to see them.

Kate, who was holding a gorgeous bouquet of flowers, stopped and chatted to the crowds, including to one woman who clutched the Duchess’s hand.

While William was seen speaking to adorable schoolchildren keen to show him their artwork of a Scottish flag.

Meanwhile, the royal pair are also set to meet with workers from the Dundee Michelin tyre factory and join a meeting discussing plans to repurpose the site and create new employment opportunities.

It has been earmarked for closure and around 850 people are facing redundancy.

Last year, Michelin announced it would close the plant in the middle of 2020.

Today’s visit will build on Kate’s keen interest in promoting the visual arts, and highlighting the value that public institutions like V&A Dundee can offer local communities, particularly in terms of increased accessibility to world- class art and design.

V&A Dundee director Philip Long said: "We are honoured to be welcoming the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to officially open V&A Dundee.

"This official opening marks the beginning of a very exciting year, with upcoming exhibitions on videogames, robots and the future of design.

"Through an eclectic programme, we aim to inspire people and provoke discussion about the role of design in everyone’s lives."

The museum’s Scottish design galleries feature 300 exhibits drawn from the V&A’s collection, as well as from museums and private collections.

It also hosts temporary exhibitions, with the current one, Ocean Liners: Speed and Style, running until February 24.

Meanwhile, Scotland is where Kate and William first locked eyes on each other.

They were studying at the University of St Andrews, and quickly became close after realising they shared the same naughty sense of humour.

William studied history of art before switching to geography, while Kate studied art history. They both achieved 2:1.

The prince graduated alongside Kate in June 2005 when he was 23.

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