The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will tour a whisky distillery on a visit to Scotland today.
William and Kate will be given the chance to bottle their own Glenturret malt at the country’s oldest distillery, near Crieff in Perthshire.
It is the couple’s first joint engagement since returning from a tour of Australia and New Zealand last month.
During that trip Kate appeared to quash any speculation she may be expecting a second child when she told wine-makers how she was enjoying being able to drink again after giving birth to son George.
Today, she and William will be offered something stronger in the form of Scotland’s national drink.
The couple will officially open the new-look Famous Grouse Experience visitor attraction which brings more than 100,000 people to the Glenturret distillery each year.
Established as a single malt distillery in 1775, Glenturret is also blended with other grain and malt whiskies to create The Famous Grouse, one of the world’s top five whiskies.
William and Kate – known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn in Scotland – will begin their day of engagements in Scotland with a visit to Strathearn Community Campus in Crieff where they will meet young carers, Scouts, Cadets and Brownies.
They will then unveil a plaque in the town’s newly-restored MacRosty Park. Last year the grounds were designated a Queen Elizabeth II Field for the enjoyment of the residents of Crieff and the surrounding area.
The distillery tour will follow, then William and Kate will view the local wares on sale at the Forteviot fete and drop into the village chapel.
The last time the couple travelled to Scotland in an official capacity was in April last year, when they accompanied the Prince of Wales to Dumfries House in East Ayrshire for the opening of an outdoor centre.
They also visited Glasgow’s Emirates Arena, a key venue in this summer’s Commonwealth Games, and met young homeless people at the Quarriers Stopover Project on the city’s southside.