Kate Middleton and Prince William Visit Children’s Hospice Opened by the Late Princess Diana

Duke DuchessMANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave Manchester Town Hall after attending a paving stone ceremony for Victoria Cross recepients during their visit to Manchester on October 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Darren Staples - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Following in his mother’s footsteps. Prince William and Princess Kate traveled to Manchester, England, on Friday, October 14, for a series of important engagements.

The royal couple, both 34, paid tribute to William’s late mother, Princess Diana, by visiting the Francis House, a children’s hospice center opened by Diana back in 1991.

During the visit to the center, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Kate wore a chic Erdem coat, similar to the one Diana donned when she paid a visit to the Francis House.

The hospice currently cares for 370 ill children, but is struggling to make ends meet. Like Princess Diana, both William and Kate have made hospice care a priority in their charity work.

Prior to their visit to the hospice, the Duke and Duchess visited the National Football Museum, where they were greeted by school children holding up masks of the royal family. William played a game of football with some of the kids while his wife cheered them on from the side.

Kensington Palace kept Twitter followers in the know by sharing photos from the couple’s packed trip to Manchester. “Great crowds @FootballMuseum waiting to welcome The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Manchester today!” the Palace shared in a pre-visit post.

Among the couple’s stops was a visit to the The Manchester Cenotaph – a memorial honoring First Word War veterans. The two also stopped by the University of Manchester, where they signed their photograph for the official UOM time capsule before unveiling a plaque.

Prince Williams appeared to enjoy being in the driver’s seat of a car made from graphene while visiting the university.

The Duke and Duchess will celebrate six years of marriage on April 29, 2017.

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