A touching new video has captured the sweet response the Duchess of Cambridge gave a little girl who asked why she was being photographed.
Kate, 37, resumed her royal duties following her maternity leave on Tuesday when she visited the Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden at Paddington Recreation Ground in West London.
Following a warm welcome back from the students the mother-of-three joined the children from St Augustine’s School for a ‘mini beast’ hunt, where photographers were keen to snap the royal.
And in one clip curious student, Lanwe, four, can be seen asking the Duchess why she is being photographed – to which Kate had the sweetest response.
Four-year-old Lanwe asked the Duchess of Cambridge why she was being photographed during her visit to the Wildlife Garden at Paddington Recreation Ground on Tuesday – and Kate told the youngster that they were photographing her
Taking her hand the child asks: ‘Why are they picturing you?’
Kate then replies: ‘They’re picturing you because you’re special’ before adding ‘They’ve come to see your lovely school.’
The Wildlife garden project gives inner city children a unique opportunity to learn about and engage with the natural world.
After crouching in bushes with youngsters to search for bugs, the royal told teachers at the school that she hunts for spiders ‘for hours’ in her own garden with her children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Inside the Wildlife Garden Kate joined more children as they potted up pea seedlings in newspaper.
Kate told the little girl ‘They’re picturing you because you’re special, they’re here to see your lovely school’
Lanwe lead Kate by the hand to show her around as she visited the Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden in London
The delighted Duchess looked in her element as she chatted to youngsters about nature during her visit to Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden in London
Lanwe, then presented Kate with a pendant she had made from a thin slice of wood for Kate and wanted to give it to her.
‘Have you made another one?’ the Duchess asked.
‘It’s for you,’ Lanwe, said proudly, adding afterwards, ‘I’m going to make her three!’ Kate then took her by the hand.
Walking across the park to the Forest Garden, Kate met another group of youngsters, this time from St Stephen’s, and sat down with them on a log.
Youngsters showed the Duchess where to get water from for tending to the garden during her visit to Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden at Paddington, West London
The Duchess looked in excellent spirits as she greeted wellwishers on her first official solo engagement since going on maternity leave in March this year. Kate cut a casual figure in a trendy £175 khaki jacket from Swedish outdoor brand Fjällräven.
Kate listened as the children were told a story about ‘The Monkey Queen’ and then helped them as they made ‘leaf crowns’.
The duchess also met with Dr Paul Knapman, representative deputy lieutenant for The City of Westminster, who introduced her to members of the community.
Following Louis’ birth, the duchess was seen at the Wimbledon tennis championships and attended Trooping the Colour in June and a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the RAF in July, but Tuesday saw her first hands-on public engagement.