The Duchess of Cambridge has used a rare video to urge people to have their say in her survey on early childhood as it draws to a close.
Kate’s 5 Big Questions on the Under Fives, run with Ipsos MORI, is the biggest survey of its kind and seeks to start a nationwide conversation on early year care.
In a video shared on the Kensington Palace social media, the duchess, 38, says: “Parents, families and carers are at the heart of raising the next generation and that’s why I felt so passionate about listening to them and listening to your thoughts and your views and how best we can support you going forward.
“That’s why I’ve launched the #5BigQuestions, to hear from as many people from society as possible.”
Set to images from her travels around the UK, she says: “We visited Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England to hear your experiences.
“I’m really pleased that over 200,000 people have already filled in the survey but it’s not too late to have your say.”
Judging by her coat and jumper combination, the video was likely to have been recorded when the duchess travelled to Northern Ireland earlier this month.
Royal fans have praised the duchess’s video, hailing the ‘future queen’ and saying the monarchy is in good hands.
The video comes a few days after Kate appeared on a podcast with Giovanna Fletcher, author and wife of Tom Fletcher of McFly, to promote her work in Early Years development.
She also revealed how terrified she had been when she stepped out of the Lindo Wing with Prince George after his birth, and that she suffers “mum guilt”.
Her husband Prince William was interviewed by Aston Villa player John McGinn for his Heads Up campaign on mental health.
It could be seen as a move into newer forms of media by the royals.
Early Years care and development has been a passion project for the duchess since she married her husband in 2011 and she has worked on it for about eight years before she launched the survey to get the views of the public.
To promote the survey, Kate travelled to all four nations of the UK, most recently in a surprise visit to Belfast in Northern Ireland and Aberdeen in Scotland.
In Belfast she toured a farm and stroked a snake, while in Aberdeen she visited Social Bite cafe and spoke to those whose early years played a role in later life.
The survey closes on Friday, 21 February and the Royal Foundation may release the results in Spring.