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William and Kate: Earl and Countess of Strathearn take Glasgow by storm

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The Earl and Countess of Strathearn, as Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge are known in Scotland, received a warm welcome in Glasgow the morning of April 4, 2013. According to The Daily Mail, Duchess Kate paid tribute to her surroundings with a £425 moloh tartan coat that hid her baby bump quite well while still letting her show her nylons and high-heeled boots.

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The royal couple met well-wishers in the streets of Glasgow, Scotland's second-largest city, receiving an armful of soft toys and flowers before taking a tour of Emirates Arena, one of the venues for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. They watched children demonstrating sports and also had a look around the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

The couple also met Games organizers, the Games mascot — Clyde, the walking thistle — and unveiled a plaque to prove they made the visit. Prince William even grabbed a hockey stick and took part in a training session, though the more-adept Countess of Strathearn stood on the sidelines, though she did later take part in a game of ping-pong.

The couple also visited the Stopover Project by Quarrier, a safe haven project for homeless youth. Prince William tried his hand at mixing on the DJ's podium, while the Duchess took part in a short film project for the youth, a role that largely consisted of calling “Cut!” when it was time. Prince William also Skyped with former homeless people from the group who were currently in a project in the Netherlands.

While the Duchess' baby bump was hidden, those she met were still full of questions and comments. According to The Mirror, the Countess of Strathearn told Stopover Project residents that her baby was due mid-July, and that she had taken up knitting and was “really bad at it.” She also said that she and Prince William had come up with a short-list of names for the new royal baby. She will stop royal duties and withdraw from the public sometime in June.

Sources: Daily Mail; Mirror; Getty Images

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