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Kate Middleton shows off her motherly side as she chats to London school pupils


The Princess of Wales showed off her motherly side as she chatted with London school pupils about their teddy bears and birthday cakes in a new video promoting her Early Years campaign released today. 

Kate Middleton, 41, appeared in the three-minute long clip which was posted on the Centre for Early Childhood’s YouTube channel this morning, where she spoke with children from St John’s Church of England School, a primary school in east London.

Dressed in a custom-made Burberry pussy-bow blouse and a pair of Spells of Love earrings, the royal mother of three was relaxed and chatty as she spoke to the children about their experiences growing up.

She asked a number of them about their teddy bears, whether the children received cuddles at home and how they celebrated their last birthdays. 

Meanwhile she also spoke to the children ‘who had been kind to them’ recently, telling them: ‘We all have feelings don’t we, good feelings and sad feelings. But if we have our friends and family around us, it makes us feel better doesn’t it?’ 

The Princess of Wales showed off her motherly side as she chatted with London school pupils

In the clip, the royal had her hair into a bouncy blow-dry style, tucking part of it behind her shoulder.

She opted for neutral makeup, with a touch of eyeliner and a pop of nude lipgloss. 

The princess told one of the pupils she ‘loved her unicorn’, before saying she ‘should have brought her teddy bear with her’.

She spoke with one little boy about dropping his ice cream, who told her he had been given a second one.

She responded: ‘Oh you lucky duck! Oh delicious.’ 

Elsewhere she spoke about how important it was for people to look after the children, to ‘give them love and kindness’ to ‘help them be the best they can be’.

Throughout the video, Kate appeared relaxed and cuddled up with one little boy in particular, whom she chatted about Spiderman with. At the end of the clip, she offered high-fives to the group. 

Dressed in a custom-made Burberry pussy-bow blouse and a pair of Spells of Love earrings, Kate was relaxed and chatty as she spoke to the children about their experiences growing up

Dressed in a custom-made Burberry pussy-bow blouse and a pair of Spells of Love earrings, Kate was relaxed and chatty as she spoke to the children about their experiences growing up

The princess was relaxed as she spoke with the children about their recent birthdays and their feelings about growing up

She opted for neutral makeup, with a touch of eyeliner and a pop of nude lipgloss

 Throughout the video, Kate appeared relaxed and cuddled up with one little boy in particular, whom she chatted about Spiderman with

Earlier this week, Kate kicked off her new Shaping Us initiative, which she described as her ‘life’s work’ with a glitzy reception at BAFTA in London, before she met with locals in Leeds to discuss the scheme yesterday. 

The project is a long-term project for the princess, beginning with how a child develops and the importance of the formative years. 

It will ‘explore in more depth the importance of a child’s social and emotional world’ and the significance of relationships, surroundings and experiences.    

In a video shared on her Early Childhood Instagram page yesterday, which also featured TV presenter Fearne Cotton and rapper Professor Green, the princess explained: ‘Many aspects of our lives today have roots in early childhood.’

In the clip, she was dressed in a blue bespoke Jenny Packham dress which she first wore in 2019 during a visit to Northern Ireland. 

The video goes on to show a number of celebrities, including Giovanna Fletcher and Zara McDermott. 

They explained ‘how we love, how we treat our mental health and how we form relationships’ can all be affected by those early childhood experiences.

The video was shared with the caption: ‘You may not realise it, but our early childhood shapes everything from the way we form relationships to the way we cope with stress.

Meanwhile the Princess spoke to the London school pupils about their teddy bears, before asking them all for high fives at the end of the clip

Meanwhile the Princess spoke to the London school pupils about their teddy bears, before asking them all for high fives at the end of the clip 

‘Huge thanks to our Champions for spreading the message.’

On Tuesday, Kate was elegant in an emerald coat as she launched her Shaping Us campaign in Leeds. 

The royal, 41, opted for a pair of £1,280 brown knee-high boots by Gianvito Rossi and a £950 midi cream dress from Victoria Beckham for her visit to discuss the importance of the early childhood years – which is the subject of her new campaign film.

To begin with, Kate toured Kirkgate Market – where she politely ignored a wolf whistle from a member of the public – and happily spoke with crowds of adoring royal fans who had waited to catch a glimpse of her. 

She then visited the University of Leeds to attend a second-year lecture in the ‘Psychological Approaches to Understanding and Supporting Children’s Learning’ module, which examines children’s learning and development, including attachment theory.

In the clip, she was dressed in a blue bespoke Jenny Packham dress which she first wore in 2019 during a visit to Northern Ireland

In the clip, she was dressed in a blue bespoke Jenny Packham dress which she first wore in 2019 during a visit to Northern Ireland

Among the celebrities to appear in the clip were Fearne Cotton, who spoke about how early childhood could impact mental health

Among the celebrities to appear in the clip were Fearne Cotton, who spoke about how early childhood could impact mental health 

Other stars to appear in the clip included Giovanna Fletcher

Zara McDermott

Other stars to appear in the clip included Giovanna Fletcher (left), who has previously interviewed the Princess, and Zara McDermott (right) 

She also appeared in a new video campaign which was shared online, donning a smart green blazer with a black round-neck top underneath. 

Earlier this week, Kate made a stylish splash in a red trouser suit as she launched the campaign in London.

In a speech at the event, the 41-year-old said: ‘The campaign is fundamentally about shining a spotlight on the critical importance of early childhood and how it shapes the adults we become.

‘During this time we lay the foundations and building blocks for life. And it is when we learn to understand ourselves, understand others and understand the world in which we live.

Yesterday, the Princess of Wales visited Leeds to celebrate the launch of her new campaign Shaping Us

Yesterday, the Princess of Wales visited Leeds to celebrate the launch of her new campaign Shaping Us

A campaign video for the The Princess of Wales' Shaping Us campaign, which is raising awareness of the unique importance of early childhood, is played at Piccadilly Lights in London

A campaign video for the The Princess of Wales’ Shaping Us campaign, which is raising awareness of the unique importance of early childhood, is played at Piccadilly Lights in London

‘This is why it is essential, to not only understand the unique importance of our earliest years, but to know what we can all do to help raise future generations of happy, healthy adults.’ 

The event was attended by newly appointed ‘champions’ from the world of music, science, sport, celebrity and academia including presenter Rochelle Humes, England women football captain Leah Williamson and broadcaster Fearne Cotton.

Kate, who was accompanied by her husband Prince William, looked effortlessly elegant in her Studio 54-inspired suit with flared trousers, high heels and chandelier-style earrings.

Host Kate Silverton, the television presenter who has retrained as a child therapist, praised the princess for her ‘ardent dedication’ and championing of the issue.

The Princess of Wales pictured arriving at Leeds university in a cream knitted belted dress with brown suede boots

The Princess of Wales pictured arriving at Leeds university in a cream knitted belted dress with brown suede boots

The Princess of Wales spoke with students on the Childhood Studies programme at the University of Leeds

The Princess of Wales spoke with students on the Childhood Studies programme at the University of Leeds

During the evening, a short film was screened to launch the campaign, highlighting how babies and children develop in response to their earliest experiences. 

The multi-media campaign is part of a major push by the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, set up by the princess in June 2021, to raise awareness of how our early years mould our lives. 

It is set to run for at least five years, and has been described by a Kensington Palace spokesman as the princess’s ‘life’s work’. 

The Princess spoke passionately about the campaign in an open letter published in yesterday’s Mail on Sunday, in which she set out her plan for ‘Shaping Us’.

Kate (pictured during the outing) made the admission during a visit to a market flower stall, where florist Neil Ashcroft gave her his sales patter as she inspected his merchandise

Kate (pictured during the outing) made the admission during a visit to a market flower stall, where florist Neil Ashcroft gave her his sales patter as she inspected his merchandise

Having fun! The Princess of Wales was all smiles as she talked to members of the public

Having fun! The Princess of Wales was all smiles as she talked to members of the public

She wrote the impassioned plea on her laptop as she was preparing for the campaign launch, which starts with a week-long publicity blitz, including last night’s event at BAFTA. 

Reports produced by the Early Childhood centre have revealed that the first five years shape future wellbeing more than any other stage of development, with our brains growing faster than at this time then any other. 

It also hopes to ‘break the cycle’ for parents who experienced difficult childhoods themselves.

Palace aides say the idea for the project began even before Kate became a mother   



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