Hijabi teen Shajida Begum gave the royal a temporary inking.

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, got her first tattoo this week—albeit, temporarily.

The royal tried out a henna design on Wednesday, during a day of official engagements with Prince William in the English city of Sunderland.

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The 36-year-old, who is currently seven months’ pregnant with her third child, got the dye inking during a visit to music and arts centre The Fire Station.


During a meeting with youth group Young Asian Voices, a henna display by Shajida Begum caught the royal’s eye.

“I said ‘Would you like a design?’ and she was like ‘Yes, if you don’t mind’,” the 18-year-old told The Telegraph.

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“She was saying that it was really pretty.

“I was just telling her how it works. I was telling her when she can wash it off – I said ‘when it becomes flaky’.”

The Duchess, who wore a Seraphine maternity dress and forest green Dolce & Gabbana coat for the occasion, was later seen sporting the flower and swirl design during a tour of the Northern Spire bridge.

The royal also asked the youth group for a pack of bindis, which she said she wanted to take home for her two-year-old daughter, Princess Charlotte.

It’s been a busy week for Catherine, who attended the BAFTA Awards in London on Sunday—and came under scrutiny for seemingly bypassing the suggested #TimesUp dress code of black.

The donned a forest green flowing gown by British label Jenny Packham for the occasion, in a move seen as remaining politically neutral, however eager eyes noticed a suite of subtle details that indicate the Duchess may have been making a stand of solidarity.

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Not only did the royal, who is seven months pregnant with her third child, wear a black ribbon belt, she also carried a black clutch.

And, most importantly, Catherine sported a selection of diamond and emerald jewellery, with the latter gem said to signify “hope, renewal and growth”, according to W Magazine.

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We can’t wait to see what the royal, who is due to give birth in April, wears to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19.

Here’s hoping it’s one of these local labels…

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