Duchess of Cambridge heading to Grimsby - but is she a 'plastic princess'?
GRIMSBY loves Kate…and is looking forward to her visit to the town – but do you think she is a ‘plastic princess with no personality’!
On the same week as her visit to the town was announced, the ‘plastic princess’ comments by prize-winning author Hilary Mantel have been met with an uproar of disapproval. Even PM, David Cameron has said the double Man Booker Prize winner’s thoughts are "completely misguided and completely wrong".
During a lecture, Mantel, 60, suggested the ‘painfully thin’ royal had been picked to be a princess because she posed no risk of showing any character.
The author of bestsellers Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, claimed she was like a ‘doll’ or a ‘shop-window mannequin’.
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But there are no such thoughts in Grimsby where she will be on Tuesday, March 5.
During her visit, the Duchess will look around the National Fishing Heritage Centre, visit Peaks Lane Fire Station and officially open Havelock Academy.
At the fire station, she will meet young people on a course run by her father-in-law Prince Charles' charity, The Prince's Trust.
Humberside Fire And Rescue Service's Jamie Morris, a Prince's Trust team leader, said:
"This will provide a huge boost for our young people on the team programme, which has been run from Grimsby fire station since 2011."
Kate will also be taken on a tour around the station and shown the fleet of fire engines. She will also learn about Grimsby's fishing heritage and modern-day sustainable fishing at the Fishing Heritage Centre.
Centre spokeswoman Sue Marshall, said: "It's an absolute honour and it's terrific news for the centre.
"We're very excited about the visit, especially after she's shown such an interest in sustainable fishing and learning more about the industry."
Kate will be around 21 weeks pregnant when she carries out the day of engagements, but will be alone, as William is concentrating on his RAF career.
It will be only her second public visit since St James Palace announced she was pregnant.
Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, councillor Mike Burton, said: "I am absolutely delighted she is coming to Grimsby.
"It will be a grand occasion, and I am sure she will leave Grimsby with a good impression of the area."
Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell joked: "It will be a delightful treat that Kate is coming to our area.
"It's a shame it's winter because it would have been nice to see Kate in a bikini!
"Unfortunately, I think I will be in the House of Commons, so I will miss her visit."
Brenda Dobbs, leader and treasurer of Bright Spot, a community disability club in Immingham, hopes The Duchess will take time to visit the club.
She said: "I think it will be great that Kate is going to see what The Prince's Trust does."
Councillor Chris Shaw, leader of North East Lincolnshire Council said in the coming days further locations for the Royal visit would be revealed.
He said: "We're very proud and pleased that the Duchess of Cambridge is coming to North East Lincolnshire and we very much look forward to welcoming her to our area."
Keep checking your Grimsby Telegraph for updates. For further information about the trust, visit princes-trust.org.uk or call 0800 842 842.
And let us know what you think about Hilary Mantel’s comments here.