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Kate's canine chums! Casual Duchess kneels down to pet a trio of friendly spaniels as she and William visit Cumbrian market town

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a person and a dog on a leash: Four-legged friends! The Duchess of Cambridge meets working dogs on a walkabout in Keswick during a visit to Cumbria © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Four-legged friends! The Duchess of Cambridge meets working dogs on a walkabout in Keswick during a visit to Cumbria

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in a Cumbrian market town as they kick off an afternoon of engagements in the region.

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Hundreds of well-wishers turned out to welcome William, 36, and Kate, 37, to the pretty market town of Keswick, where the royal couple are taking part in a walkabout and will later meet community volunteers. 

a person and a dog on a leash: The Duchess of Cambridge greeted the working dogs in Market Square © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Duchess of Cambridge greeted the working dogs in Market Square

The Duchess, who dressed down for the occasion in a £275 khaki coat and trusty £250 lace-up boots, beamed as she spoke to some of the royal supporters gathered in Market Square. 

a woman holding a wine glass: Got the giggles! The Duchess of Cambridge shared a joke with a Keswick resident (left) during the walkabout today © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Got the giggles! The Duchess of Cambridge shared a joke with a Keswick resident (left) during the walkabout today

But the royal appeared particularly taken by a four-legged royal fan and was spotted bending down to give three eager working spaniels a stroke - much to the dogs' delight. 

a group of people standing next to a person: The Duchess of Cambridge during the walkabout in the market town today © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Duchess of Cambridge during the walkabout in the market town today

William and Kate have a busy schedule this afternoon, culminating in a visit to a traditional sheep fell farm where they are expected to take part in activities such as sheep shearing.  

a group of people posing for the camera: Country chic: The Duchess of Cambridge donned a green utility jacket and combat boots for the casual outing today

Country chic: The Duchess of Cambridge donned a green utility jacket and combat boots for the casual outing today
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The Duke and Duchess are on hand to recognise the contribution of individuals and local organisations in supporting communities and families across Cumbria.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Walkabout: The Duchess of Cambridge greeted well-wishers on her arrival in Keswick, Cumbria, this afternoon © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Walkabout: The Duchess of Cambridge greeted well-wishers on her arrival in Keswick, Cumbria, this afternoon

They will meet volunteers including those from the local mountain rescue service, community first responders, young people trained as mental health first aiders and other organisations that have benefitted from grants from the Cumbria Community Foundation. 

The couple will then visit a traditional fell sheep farm, where they will have the opportunity to meet members of the Cumbrian farming community, and learn about some of the key challenges farmers are facing. 

They will also hear about the peer support networks helping those in the most rural areas and the innovative ways some farms are diversifying. 

a woman holding a dog: Furry fan! It was a four-legged royal fan who caught Kate's eye and she was spotted bending down to stroke a spaniel

Furry fan! It was a four-legged royal fan who caught Kate's eye and she was spotted bending down to stroke a spaniel
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The usually polished Duchess opted for a more practical look in preparation for the day's hands-on engagements, swapping her heels for favourite £250 combat boots from See By Chloé and wearing black skinning jeans. 

She finished the look with a £275 green utility jacket by Taylor London, which is believed to be a new addition to her royal wardrobe. The piece was an appropriate choice given the unseasonably chilly weather in the UK. 

Cumbria is home to the English Lake District, which was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017, and to England’s largest lake – Windermere – and highest mountain – Scafell Pike. 

The rural county is visited by millions each year, making tourism key to the economy. Farming and agriculture also has a special place in the Lake District National Park, famous for its native Herdwick sheep, and farmers have worked for centuries on some of the most challenging land in the country.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge et al. standing in front of a crowd: Wrapped up: The Duchess of Cambridge stayed warm on an unseasonably cool day in the £275 jacket by Troy London

Wrapped up: The Duchess of Cambridge stayed warm on an unseasonably cool day in the £275 jacket by Troy London
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