During yesterday's visit to the Natural History Museum with a group of schoolchildren, Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge, brought a rather special homemade gift along with her - and it's clear the students were enthralled. The visit was spent largely in the grounds of the museum and was a chance for The Duchess to learn more about how various communities will benefit from the Museum’s Urban Nature Project, set to launch later this year.
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While carrying out her public duties, Kate sat with a group of children who'd been on a 'spider hunt' in the gardens and then attempted to craft some creepy-crawlies themselves. She then later, according to tweets from royal correspondent Rebecca English, revealed that she keeps bees at Anmer Hall, the Norfolk home that she and Prince William spent lockdown in, along with their three children, George, Charlotte and Louis.
The special homemade gift in question? The Duchess even packed a jar of homemade honey that her bees had recently produced, asking the youngsters if they'd like to try some. English reports that Kate said, "Would you like to try some? This came specially from my beehive. Does it taste like honey from the shops? Does it taste like flowers?"
And as you can see here, it looks as though it went down a storm:
And again... How cute!
Alongside harvesting honey, Kate has also been busy recently launching her own centre, The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, a pocket within the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s charitable vehicle, to help promote increased awareness of - and new research into - how the early years of a child's life can have a lifelong impact.
The centre fits in perfectly with all the work Kate has been doing over the past few years, including her nationwide survey on mental health and early years, and which even saw her give a rare interview to Giovanna Fletcher on her podcast, Happy Mum, Happy Baby.
During their chat, The Duchess spoke at length about the importance of young children spending time outdoors and said that it's an important bonding activity for her own family. She also said it's the smaller moments that can often count the most, citing a photograph of Princess Charlotte stopping to smell a bluebell.
"One [lesson I've learnt] is quality of relationships. So those moments you spend with people that are around you," Kate explained. "I remember that from my own childhood. I had an amazing Granny who devoted a lot of time to us. Playing with us, doing arts and crafts, going into her greenhouse doing gardening stuff and cooking with us.
She added, "I try to incorporate a lot of the experiences she gave us as at the time into the experiences that I give my children now."
So perhaps the Cambridge children also partake in a spot of bee-keeping? Maybe?
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