Prince William and Kate Middleton attend their first royal engagement of the year

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  • Prince William and Kate Middleton visited the Foundling Museum on Wednesday - their first joint royal engagement of the year.
  • The museum tells the story of the 18th-century Foundling Hospital, which is the UK's first children's charity.
  • Though there were quite a few lighter moments, William was also quizzed by reporters about Prince Andrew, who was recently stripped of his titles following an ongoing sexual assault case.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are back at work visiting the Foundling Museum for their first joint royal engagement of 2022.

The museum tells the story of the 18th-century Foundling Hospital - the UK's first children's charity. It was initially set up in 1739 as a care home for children at risk of abandonment. Kate, who wore a stylish blue coat over black pants and turtleneck and debuting darker brown locks, is now patron of the museum.

"It's lovely to be back at the @FoundlingMuseum and see how they're continuing to help to transform the lives of young people, but also hear some of the difficulties that care leavers have faced over the years, including during the pandemic," the couple wrote on social media following their visit.

"We were able to understand first-hand the impact of spending time in care in the UK and its links with employment, housing, mental health, addiction and the youth justice system, 'and some of the work that is being done to tackle these issues,'" they said.

During the visit, reporters did not shy away from asking Prince William about Prince Andrew, after the queen stripped him of his military affiliations and titles following his ongoing sexual assault scandal.

A reporter asked: "Your Royal Highness, can I just ask, do you support Prince Andrew?"

"Sorry, I can't hear you," William responded as he leaned closer.

"Do you support Prince Andrew?"

William quickly exited the building thereafter.

On a more positive note, as seen in their social media post, the couple joined in on a bonding exercise before concluding their engagement, which saw them drawing images on the floor.

Kate, who has made early childhood development a focus of her royal work, turns to William and says during the activity: "Is that me?" to which William quips: "Yes, that's you."


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