Dundee’s iconic V&A was due to be given the royal seal of approval today when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge officially opened the venue.
William and Kate are to be given a whistlestop tour of the museum before heading to the Michelin Dundee factory to meet workers.
They meet with employees and their families from the factory, to hear first-hand how the its planned closure is affecting them.
Following these discussions, their Royal Highnesses will attend the Michelin Action Group, which is aiming to find and take forward solutions for repurposing the plant and providing a sustainable future for its skilled workforce.
William will give short remarks at the start of the meeting.
The duchess is the first royal patron of the V&A, continuing the museum’s long-standing relationship with the royal family from its founding in 1852.
The pair were due to meet some of the team who created Scotland’s first design museum – which has attracted almost 400,000 visitors since opening its doors last September.
Following a tour of the building, they were expected to greet members of the public.
The museum was recently recognised as the world’s best new public building by Wallpaper, the international design magazine.
Philip Long, director of V&A Dundee, said: “We are honoured to be welcoming the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to officially open V&A Dundee.
“This official opening marks the beginning of a very exciting year for the museum, with upcoming exhibitions on video games, robots and the future of design.
“Through an eclectic programme, we aim to inspire people and provoke discussion about the role of design in everyone’s lives.”
Lord Lieutenant Ian Borthwick, Lord Provost of Dundee, said: “I am delighted to welcome the duke and duchess to V&A Dundee.
“This magnificent building is continuing to raise the city’s global profile and celebrates Scotland’s rich cultural heritage. Dundee is a Unesco City of Design, a place where culture is helping to transform people’s lives.”
He added: “This museum has had huge benefits for the people of Dundee.
“It is continuing to bring tourism into our city, improve our reputation and create vitally important jobs.”
V&A Dundee’s 2019 exhibition programme features a spectacular show entitled Design/Play/Disrupt which will launch on April 20 and run until September 8 before a robot exhibition takes over, running from November 2 until February 2020.