Kate gets henna tattoo on royal visit to Sunderland

Kate's henna tattoo, given to her by members of Young Asian Voices.
Kate's henna tattoo, given to her by members of Young Asian Voices.

The Duchess of Cambridge was given a special reminder of her visit to Sunderland today thanks to the work of a youth project.

Members of Young Asian Voices (YAV), a multicultural youth project for young people in Sunderland, were lucky enough to spend some time with Kate as she visited the city today.

She and husband Prince William spent time at The Fire Station, meeting a number of groups and watching some special performances, before heading off to see Northern Spire - the newest addition to Sunderland's skyline.

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Kate sat with members of YAV at The Fire Station - and the girls worked together to draw a henna design of a flower on her hand.

One youngster, Sameera Aslam, told the Echo that Kate was "really friendly" and "down to earth".

The tattoo up close.

The tattoo up close.

Ram Ramanathas, project manager for YAV, said it was hard choosing just 10 of its members to meet the royal couple.

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He added: "It is a once in a lifetime opportunity."

The girls chosen to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Sunderland today were:

Kate sitting with members of Young Asian Voices.

Kate sitting with members of Young Asian Voices.

*Mansoora Begum, age 19

*Shajida Begum, age 18

*Athiya Khanan, age 17

*Santia Miah, age 19

*Afsiina Begum, age 17

*Moirom Begum, age 18

*Sameera Aslam, age 19

*Aleena Aslam, age 14

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Members of the group also gave the Duchess some bindis, to take away for Princess Charlotte, who is turning 3 in May. One of the girls also told the Echo that she was nervous to meet the Duchess - but that all of her nerves vanished as soon as she saw her.