Kate Midleton makes solo visit to Liverpool
Published 14/02/2012 | 11:27
Crowds cheered and waved flags as the Duchess of Cambridge arrived for a Valentine's Day visit to Liverpool today.
Kate wrapped up warm in a burgundy coat for a visit to a charity that helps addicts recover from drink and drug dependency.
The Duchess, making her debut solo regional visit, is spending her first Valentine's Day as a married woman in the city - more than 7,900 miles away from husband William.
She smiled at the dozens of people who had gathered at The Brink, a dry bar run by the Action on Addiction charity.
Looking relaxed, she shook hands with staff and met community leaders.
Her husband William is on a six-week posting in the Falkland Islands as part of his role as an RAF search and rescue pilot.
As well as the woollen coat by Hobbs, which was just below the knee, the Duchess wore black high-heeled shoes, black tights, and held a black handbag.
Kate was serenaded by the resident choir at The Brink - made up of recovering addicts called the Raucous Caucus Recovery Chorus - singing a traditional native American Indian song titled, Wings Of A Dove.
Michael Edwards, 32, from Kensington, Liverpool, and a member of the choir, said: "It's a song about hope and happiness.
"I got involved in the choir because I'm in recovery from drugs and alcohol.
"Doing this, it's built my confidence, it's risen up. I didn't have any before.
"It's a bit scary with a royal audience but this is what the choir has done for me, to give me the confidence to sing in front of people.
"Everybody has been excited here for weeks because of the royal visit, that something this good is happening here."