Duchess of Cambridge shows her fun side as she whizzes down a slide in Denmark

·Deputy Editor, Yahoo Life UK
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Watch the Duchess of Cambridge whizzing down a slide in Denmark, then bursting into giggles

The Duchess of Cambridge kicked off her tour of Denmark on Tuesday with a trip to the Infant Mental Health Project at the University of Copenhagen. The 40-year-old royal has always had a special interest in the early years stage and how this vital period of development can impact a child’s future life.

As part of her visit, Kate dropped by the Lego Foundation PlayLab at University College Copenhagen where she seemed impressed by a long, helter skelter slide, which she then proceeded to slide down, much to everyone’s surprise – wearing heels, no less.

The Duchess of Cambridge visits the LEGO Foundation PlayLab during her royal visit to Copenhagen, Denmark (Associated Press)
The Duchess of Cambridge visits the LEGO Foundation PlayLab during her royal visit to Copenhagen, Denmark (Associated Press)

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After leaving the slide, she burst into laughter, announcing, “In the spirit of where I am today, I had to do that!”

Many a mum will have found themselves persuaded onto a slide in the playground, but fun-loving Kate didn’t need any encouragement it seems, as her three children were back in the UK.

Wearing elegant black trousers and a £60 Zara blazer, her outfit was a little different from the usual casual clothing for a mum whizzing down a slide.

The Duchess of Cambridge mingling with excited children on her recent Copenhagen visit Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge mingling with excited children on her recent Copenhagen visit (Getty Images)

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Showing her ongoing interest in the psychology of child development, Kate praised the work of the University of Copenhagen’s Infant Mental Health Project.

On her official Instagram account, Kate enthused, “I think one of the things that’s really impressed me… is how the science has been translated here into practice, so all the amazing research that’s out there from neuroscientists and psychologists… has actually been translated into tangible language which parents are using on a day to day basis.”

The Duchess of Cambridge speaks to parents who've benefited from the programme during a visit to the Copenhagen Infant Mental Health Project in Denmark (Associated Press)
The Duchess of Cambridge speaks to parents who've benefited from the programme during a visit to the Copenhagen Infant Mental Health Project in Denmark (Associated Press)

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The Copenhagen Infant Mental Health Project seeks to promote the mental wellbeing of both children and their parents, a mission close to Kate’s heart.

Back in 2020, she spoke with refreshing frankness about the battles she herself had faced as a mum and how lucky she was with her own happy upbringing.

"I had an amazing Granny who devoted a lot of time to us, playing with us, doing arts and crafts and going to the greenhouse to do gardening, and cooking with us, and I try and incorporate a lot of the experiences that she gave us at the time into the experiences that I give my children now," she told blogger and author Giovanna Fletcher on her parenting podcast, Happy Mum, Happy Baby.

The Duchess of Cambridge talks to health visitors during a visit to the Copenhagen Infant Mental Health Project, Denmark (Associated Press)
The Duchess of Cambridge talks to health visitors during a visit to the Copenhagen Infant Mental Health Project, Denmark (Associated Press)

"There are also the environments you spend time in as well: a happy home, a safe environment,’ Kate continued. “As children, we spent a lot of time outside and it’s something I’m really passionate about. I think it’s so great for physical and mental wellbeing and laying [developmental] foundations. It’s such a great environment to spend time in, building those quality relationships without the distractions of 'I've got to cook' and 'I’ve got to do this.' And actually, it’s so simple."

A great reminder from one of the nation's favourite mums to cherish those special moments.

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