Turns out the littlest royals are just as creative as their clever mum!
You may have noticed that Kate’s been very busy recently?
She’s taken on extra duties on behalf of the Queen, appeared on a popular kids’ TV show, popped up at the races and continues to work diligently encouraging families to venture outdoors for optimal physical and mental health.
Earlier this week, as part of her patronages for Action for Children and the Royal Photographic Society, Kate headed outdoors again, this time to a kids’ photography workshop.
The two organisations had banded together to teach children more about the art of photography, and Kate unsurprisingly took a hands-on role as taking photos is a particular passion of hers.
As she chatted to the children who took part in the workshop, Kate revealed that her eldest two have a similarly keen interest in photography.
“Just look at everything around you,” Kate advised the youngsters. “Maybe it’s in front of you, or far away, but choose your subject and focus on it.”
“Get outside with your camera as well. George and Charlotte love it when we do that.”
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📸 Learning photography is a fun and engaging way to help young people develop confidence and self-expression, and to help develop new skills — today The Duchess of Cambridge joined two of her patronages, Action for Children and the Royal Photographic Society, for a special photography workshop. The Duchess of Cambridge joined Josh, and young people from Action for Children for the sessions run by the Royal Photographic Society, which covered elements of photography including portraits, light and colour. The workshop, run by RPS honorary fellows Jillian Edelstein and Harry Borden, highlighted how photography provides a universal language for young people to express themselves and explore their thoughts and feelings. As part of her longstanding work on early years The Duchess is on a mission to support organisations like Action for Children, that aim to give every child the best possible start in life. Action for Children, who are marking their 150th anniversary this year, are committed to helping vulnerable children, young people, and their families, across the UK. The charity's 7,000 staff and volunteers operated over 522 services in the UK, improving the lives of 301,000 children, teenagers, parents and carers last year. The Royal Photographic Society, of whom The Duchess today became Patron, is one of the world's oldest photographic societies. It was founded in 1853 with the objective of promoting the art and science of photography. Her Majesty The Queen passed the patronage to The Duchess, after having held the role for 67 years. @actionforchildrenuk @royalphotographicsociety
Wellies and pups
Kate’s opened up more and more about how she’s raising her kids of late, perhaps keen to encourage other families to muck about outside together.
Indeed, Kate’s life is such a busy and formal one, it’s hardly surprising that her most treasured times involve jeans and wellies and mud and dogs and calling out to her kids as they collect twigs and pinecones and things.
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👀 We invite you to take a sneak peek at The Duchess of Cambridge’s #RHSChelsea ‘Back to Nature’ Garden! The woodland wilderness garden aims to get people back to nature, and highlight the benefits of the natural world on our mental and physical wellbeing. Speaking ahead of @The_RHS garden unveiling, The Duchess of Cambridge said: “In recent years I have focussed much of my work on the early years, and how instrumental they are for outcomes later in life. I believe that spending time outdoors when we are young can play a role in laying the foundations for children to become happy, healthy adults.” Some features of the #ChelseaFlowerShow garden include: 1. A swing seat hanging below the garden’s centrepiece, a high platform tree house, encouraging creative play and discovery for all generations. 2. The high platform tree house is inspired by a bird or animal nest and provides a wonderful place to retreat and look out through the trees. The treehouse is made from chestnut, with hazel, stag horn oak and larch nest cladding. 3/4. The garden is aiming to inspire interaction with the natural environment through its multi-sensory, green and blue plant scheme. The garden will be filled with incredible edibles, plants for craft activities, forest scents and a diverse range of plants, shrubs and trees of different heights and textures. The garden forms part of Her Royal Highness’s ongoing work on early childhood development and her mission to support efforts that give every child the best possible start in life. The Duchess has committed to making early childhood development the focus of her work in the years to come, and believes that providing children with the opportunity to spend time outdoors can play an important role.
Last week, during Children’s Hospice Week in the UK, Kate again stressed the importance of family time.
“Make the most of the time we have with our own families by ensuring every moment matters and that we create memories that last forever,” she urged in a letter of support to the organisations that support families during their toughest times.
Speculation and debate
Meanwhile, in unsurprising news, the rumour mill is in overdrive about a possible fourth pregnancy for Kate. A bunch of photos taken at Ascot last week (the one above included) had royal watchers wondering if the couple were going to squeeze in one more baby.
“Tummy hold? Are we pregnant again??” pretty much summed up this speculation.
“You never have your hand on your tummy without being pregnant. Jeez,” was the opposing view on Instagram.
Whether a fourth Cambridge kiddo is truly on the cards is anybody’s guess, but if she IS pregnant we’re so happy for her because she seems to be managing it without that dastardly hyperemesis gravidarum that plagued her other pregnancies.
And if she’s not … good for her, too!
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with The Queen and Members of the Royal Family, attended Royal Ascot — today they were joined by The King and Queen of the Netherlands. Royal Ascot is an annual event attended by The Queen, who has had an interest in horses since childhood, and Members of the Royal Family. The week has become Britain's most popular race meeting, welcoming around 300,000 visitors over five days. Ascot Racecourse was founded by Queen Anne in 1711, and has since received the patronage of a further eleven monarchs. The Ascot summer race meeting officially became a Royal week in 1911. The Queen is owner and breeder of many thoroughbred horses and shares her interest in horses with many members of her family — and The Queen's own horses have won races at Royal Ascot a number of times. 📷 PA @theroyalfamily @koninklijkhuis #RoyalAscot