Prince William and Kate Middleton have proven themselves as crowd favorites as they continue to impress locals on day two of their tour of Sweden and Norway. The royal couple kicked off their day with a visit to the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, where they were given a briefing about the center's research into mental health. They were accompanied by Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel for the visit.
After the meeting, they moved onto the city's Matteusskolan School to learn more about a program designed to encourage children to speak about their feelings. Upon arrival, Kate and William were met with hundreds of cheering and flag-waving students who had waited patiently in the cold to catch a glimpse of the royals.
Kate Middleton channeled her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, with her choice of outfit. (Photo Credit: Now to Love)
The couple was supposed to only spend a few minutes with the crowd, but instead spent a generous amount of time with the fans. They offered handshakes, high fives, and fist bumps to children of all ages.
Malte Bregqvist, a 15-year-old student, told reporters, "I shook both their hands. It was weird, I never really met a royal before."She added, "I asked them how they were and they said the same thing to everyone. They were nice, they were doing fine. It's generous of them to take time and shake everybody's hands."
Prince William pictured with his mother in 1990 and with his wife, Kate, this week. (Photo Credit: Now to Love)
During the visit, Kate was wearing a red and white Catherine Walker houndstooth coat. She accented the look with a deep garnet Chanel handbag, matching chunky-heeled pumps, and earrings by Swedish designer In2Design.
The outfit closely resembled a favorite ensemble worn by the late Princess Diana in 1990 while attending Princess Eugenie's christening. Diana was photographed in the skirt-suit combo by Moschino again in 1991 and 1992.
Kate, who is six months pregnant with her third little prince or princess, removed the coat later in the day to reveal a cream bouclé dress from Alexander McQueen for a tea party with some of the youngest members of the Swedish royal family — the adorable children of Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. Princess Estelle, 5, and Prince Oscar, who turns 2 in March, nibbled politely on a selection of sweet treats as their parents entertained their esteemed guests at their home of Haga Palace.
The royal couples then visited the NK Department Store to open an interactive exhibition of U.K. design, fashion, and brands that operate in Sweden. Following the engagement, they will take in the nighttime view of the city at an event to celebrate the best of Swedish music, film, TV, and sports.
The royals' packed day was after a reception dinner at the British Ambassador's residence in Stockholm on Tuesday evening. Kate wore an elegant "Stephanie" gown by Erdem, which features a floral print, frilled collar, flared sleeves — and is worth a cool $,3404. Her locks were swept up into a chic chignon and pearl-drop earrings added an elegant touch.
Kate, who is six months pregnant, looked stunning in a silk gown by Erdem. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Prince William, who recently shaved off his hair, looked as dapper as ever in a black tuxedo for the glittering event. The royal guests of honor, who just recently commenced their four-day tour of Sweden and Norway, were joined by Swedish celebrities including Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander and actor Stellan Skarsgard.
Kate and William touched down in Scandinavia late on Monday night. They arrived in a private charter plane and are staying at the residence of the British ambassador. It's said the doting parents waited until the end of the school day to leave London so that they could say one final farewell to their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, before embarking on the short trip.
This post was written by Candice Mehta-Culjak. For more, check out our sister site Now to Love.