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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Kate Middleton and Prince William honour Princess Diana's memory in Manchester

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge waves to wellwishers after touring the National Football Museum during her visit to Manchester on October 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge waves to wellwishers after touring the National Football Museum during her visit to Manchester on October 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the National Football Museum during a day of engagements in Manchester.
The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the National Football Museum during a day of engagements in Manchester.
The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the National Football Museum during a day of engagements in Manchester.
The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the National Football Museum during a day of engagements in Manchester.
The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the National Football Museum during a day of engagements in Manchester.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge after touring the National Football Museum during their visit to Manchester on October 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wave to wellwishers after touring the National Football Museum during their visit to Manchester on October 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, hair detail, meets wellwishers after touring the National Football Museum during her visit to Manchester on October 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets wellwishers after touring the National Football Museum during her visit to Manchester on October 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge after touring the National Football Museum during their visit to Manchester on October 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wave to wellwishers after touring the National Football Museum during their visit to Manchester on October 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at The National Football Museum during the visit to Manchester on October 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at The National Football Museum during the visit to Manchester on October 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at The National Football Museum during the visit to Manchester on October 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at The National Football Museum during their visit to Manchester on October 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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Kate Middleton and husband Prince Wiliam paid tribute to his late mother Princess Diana with a visit to a hospice she opened 25 years ago.

The Princess of Wales first opened the facility in in Didsbury, Manchester in 1991 and today's visit by the young royal couple was a poignant one.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a printed Erdrem coat and her hair is a low side ponytail for her duties today which involved visiting The National Football Museum in Manchester's Urbis building.

The Duke of Cambridge stepped up to the mark to score a penalty as his wife looked on during a visit to the National Football Museum.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at The National Football Museum during their visit to Manchester on October 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at The National Football Museum during their visit to Manchester on October 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

William cheered as his effort went in off the bar after his first attempt was saved at the computer-generated penalty shoot-out game inside the museum in Manchester.

He then coyly asked if "Katherine" would like to take a spot-kick, but the Duchess, in heels and wearing a blue Erdem coat, politely declined.

Earlier, the royal couple were cheered by hundreds of well-wishers waving Union flags as they arrived for the hour-long visit to museum.

Inside they met England 1966 World Cup-winning player Roger Hunt and handled the famous orange match ball from the final, after chatting to young academy and youth team players from Manchester City, Manchester United, Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic.

The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the National Football Museum during a day of engagements in Manchester.
The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the National Football Museum during a day of engagements in Manchester.

The visit kicked-off a day long series of engagements in the city.

William took his spot-kick after chatting to Steph Houghton, captain of England's women's team and of Manchester City's double-winning champions, and Jill Scott, fellow sky blue who plays in centre midfield.

The game used the original Euro 1996 Wembley goalposts and, though William's initial penalty was "saved" by the computer-generated goalkeeper, he did not let his country down with his second effort - to his evident delight.

Additional reporting by Press Association

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, hair detail, meets wellwishers after touring the National Football Museum during her visit to Manchester on October 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, hair detail, meets wellwishers after touring the National Football Museum during her visit to Manchester on October 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at The National Football Museum during the visit to Manchester on October 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at The National Football Museum during the visit to Manchester on October 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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