On a royal visit to a music and arts hub, the Duchess surprised fans by getting a henna design. 

By Katie Holdefehr
Updated February 22, 2018

On Wednesday, Kate Middleton and Prince William kicked off a royal tour in Sunderland, a city in North East England. The couple attended the official opening of the Fire Station, a creative hub for artists and musicians. Greeted by the creative community there, one artist offered the Duchess a henna tattoo, and to Twitter's delight, she accepted.

People captured the moment in action, as the artist got to work on a design on Kate's hand. Shajida Begum, the 18-year-old artist, created a swirling floral design as members of the press tried to get a shot of the work in progress. When asked about the process afterward, Begum told reporters, "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.’"

After the visit to the Fire Station, the Duchess and Prince William donned hard hats to visit the newly built Northern Spire bridge, which is scheduled to open this spring. While photographers rushed to snap pictures of the royal couple, all eyes were on the Duchess's fresh ink.

As most royal fans already know, Kate is currently in her third trimester, expecting her third child—but don't worry, the brown henna ink used is plant-derived and chemical-free, so it's safe to use during pregnancy. If you're thinking about following Kate's lead and getting a henna tattoo, avoid black henna ink, which typically contains added chemicals (and isn't considered safe for anyone, pregnant or not), and stick with plant-based brown henna ink.