Blackpool royal visit 2019: A round up of William and Kate's day in pictures

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit of the day at Blackpool Tower to take part in a meeting with some of the resort’s business leaders about the town investment and regeneration projects.

Wednesday, 6th March 2019, 5:04 pm
Updated Wednesday, 6th March 2019, 6:08 pm
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first visit of the day at Blackpool Tower, and then moved on to other locations in the resort. Here's a look at their day in pictures:

It was a wet and windy start to the day for well-wishers
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a visit to Blackpool Tower in Blackpool

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A quick wave in the rain to waiting crowds
A quick look at dancers in the Tower's magnificent ballroom
On to the Comedy Carpet to meet the hardy crowds. At least it stopped raining
Smiles all round for the Duchess
Cameras at the ready
Kate and William were greeted in the rain with cheers by a crowd of several hundred well-wishers
A small party waited patiently with gifts for the royal couple
Kate was even given an "I love Blackpool" bag
Once inside the iconic tower, Kate, wearing a green Sportmax coat, and William were given a brief tour by Tower boss Kate Shane.
The couple briefly stopped at a giant mirror unveiled by the Princess of Wales in July 1992 to mark the opening of Tower World.
They were then treated to a brief glimpse of the world-famous Tower Ballroom which is open to the public daily.
The weather certainly wasnt dampening the enthusiasm of the crowds who turned out on the Comedy Carpet.
The pair, sheltering under large black umbrellas, were greeted at the landmark amid the downpours with cheers
A crowd of several hundred well-wishers gathered outside on the promenade
William and Kate were met by local dignitaries including the Mayor and Mayoress of Blackpool
William was presented with a Blackpool hat fit for a king
Kate was dressed in an olive green coat by Sportsmax and a Michael Kors dress for the away day.
She joked: "Is the weather always like this?"
Kate told well-wishers she hoped to bring her children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to visit Blackpool next time.
William was all smiles...
..as was Kate
One little girl couldn't help but dance!
William and Kate have been shown round a refurbishment project in a street in Blackpool which was the scene of a murder in 2013.
The royal couple visited Kirby Road, where the Blackpool Housing Company, owned by the local authority, has bought several dilapidated properties and is refurbishing them to rent.
The royal couple were welcomed inside the home of Christina Jackson, a new tenant at a house over the road
Then it was off to Blackpool Central Library
During a round table meeting on the investment and regeneration efforts that are currently under way, William addressed the challenges facing the town.
Speaking about its history, he described how it was "once a jewel in the crown of the British tourism industry" before people began to travel further afield for their holidays
"Dispiritingly, those challenges are felt very strongly today and they are more pressing than ever."
On the final visit of the day, William and Kate spent time at Revoe Park
A recently revamped community garden that has been transformed and is now used by community groups.
The park, in an area of significant deprivation, had previously been a known location for drug use
But through a community-led initiative is helping young children experience gardening and the outdoors, as well as providing space and activities that allow parents to talk about mental health.
The couple spent time in the "Dad's shed", a workshop for men on the park, before chatting to youngsters toasting marshmallows on an open fire.
William and Kate were then shown worms by children digging in a flowerbed, both of the royal visitors handling the wriggling creatures, to the delight of the youngsters.
Both visitors shook hands and spoke to dozens of royal fans standing in the rain as they left Blackpool following their day-long visit to the town.