Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Visit Birmingham

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a reception on World Mental Health Day at Buckingham Palace, London, 2017.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a reception on World Mental Health Day at Buckingham Palace, London, 2017.

THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE WILL VISIT BIRMINGHAM

Wednesday 22nd November, 2017

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Birmingham for a day of engagements on Wednesday 22nd November 2017.

Their Royal Highnesses will begin the day at Jaguar Land Rover‘s Solihull Manufacturing Plant. On arrival, The Duke and Duchess will be given an overview of JLR and the Solihull site before heading to the Vehicle Assembly area, to view the assembly line and hear about the manufacturing process, meeting staff and apprentices. Their Royal Highnesses will then visit the Jaguar Land Rover Experience Centre, where they will meet Mountain Rescue volunteers participating in a vehicle familiarisation exercise. The Duke and Duchess will have the opportunity to drive a vehicle in the off-road driving area. Afterwards, Their Royal Highnesses will meet some of JLR’s volunteers, who support projects focusing on regeneration, education, young people, charity work and the environment, and they will meet schoolchildren from Topcliffe Primary School, Castle Vale – winners of the Jaguar Primary School Challenge and will see their winning model car race on a track.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will then travel to Aston Villa Football Club to see the work of the Coach Core programme taking place in Birmingham. Their Royal Highnesses will initially meet with a group of employers to discuss the positive impact of Coach Core and hear about the progression of the apprentices. The Duke and Duchess will then join a training session underway on the pitch, with Coach Core apprentices and tutors working with local schoolchildren. Coach Core works with Sport Birmingham to give young people between the ages of 16-24 living in Birmingham the chance to become the next generation of inspirational coaches and to give them the opportunity to succeed in employment.

Finally, The Duke and Duchess will visit Acme Whistles, the creator of the first police whistle and the original Acme Thunderer. Established in 1870, this family-owned business has developed and patented over 40 whistle designs during its 147 year history and currently exports to 119 countries worldwide. Today, their modern whistles are used in major sporting events globally and by police forces, including the Metropolitan Police. During the visit, The Duke and Duchess will hear about the history of the company and see past and present products. Their Royal Highnesses will then tour the workshop seeing the production process, including the presswork, plating, moulding, welding and polishing of the 115,000 whistles which are made and tested every week. Afterwards, The Duke and Duchess will join members of staff and apprentices at a short reception before unveiling a plaque to mark their visit.

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