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At Last! 101-Year-Old Fan Meets The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge

Date February 22, 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge traveled almost 300 miles from London for two engagements in Sunderland this week. The royal couple visited the Northern Spire Bridge on the last day of their North East tour, but it was the senior woman, Jane, who stole the show.

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The visit

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The source said the tour was planned to "showcase the city's vibrant arts scene and engineering talent." Keith Merrin, chief executive of Sunderland Culture, added:

The timing of the royal visit couldn’t have been better, with so much happening already in the city’s cultural sector and some exciting news to be announced in the coming months.

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A true fan

William and Kate's first stop was the fire station, one of Sunderland’s most iconic buildings, recently converted into a music and arts hub. On arrival, the couple met members of the local community. William greeted a distinguished guest, Jane, 101 years old woman!

They were all pictured together deep in conversation, with the pensioner is offering them some of the knowledge she had gained over the years. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked very receptive as they talked to Jane, who was in a wheelchair. Jane told Kate her brother used to work at the fire station.

Now, the building houses a dance studio, drama studio, and a heritage center. A £3.5m transformation was completed last year thanks to a £2.4m Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

The building stood empty for 22 years before becoming a significant part of the Music, Arts and Culture Trust’s plans to create a £10m cultural quarter centered on the fire station and an adjacent new £8m auditorium, where work will commence soon.

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The Duchess in a whole new light

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Arriving in her usual style, it wasn't long before the expectant mother-of-two had everybody gasping as she happily got a henna design drawn on her hand after meeting a group of Young Asian Voices at the Fire Station Arts Centre.

Dutifully, the 36-year-old tied her locks back into a ponytail as she and Prince William popped on white hard-hats and protective glasses as they inspected work on the Northern Spire Bridge. Kate was also seen chatting to young children, sharing a hearty laugh with them.

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We always look forward to royal engagements because the duchess is a source of joy wherever she goes. Counting down to the new princess or prince.

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