This is the sweet moment the Princess of Wales calmed a man’s nerves as he asked her for a selfie during her visit to Leeds this morning.
Dressed in a bespoke Alexander McQueen emerald coat, Kate, 41, toured Leeds Kirkgate Market to discuss the importance of the early childhood years – which is the subject of her new campaign Shaping Us.
As she visited the market, a royal fan, who says he’s ‘a little bit autistic’, asked the mother-of-three to pose for a photograph with him – and admitted he was ‘just really nervous’.
Seemingly eager to put the man’s nerves to the rest, Kate replied: ‘Please, don’t worry. It’s OK. We all get nervous.’
This is the sweet moment the Princess of Wales calmed a man’s nerves as he asked her for a selfie during her visit to Leeds this morning
In a clip of the moment, which has been shared to Twitter, the princess is heard saying ‘well done’ after the royal enthusiast successfully captures the image of them posing together.
At the start of the footage, Kate is seen walking around the market when the unidentified man in the crowd shouts: ‘Can I get a selfie?’.
As the royal walks towards him, he confesses: ‘Sorry… I’m just really nervous,’ to which Kate replies: ‘Please, don’t worry. It’s OK. We all get nervous.’
For today’s outing, Kate opted for a pair of £1,280 brown knee-high boots by Gianvito Rossi and a cream dress.
As she visited the market, a royal fan, who says he’s ‘a little bit autistic’, asked the mother-of-three to pose for a photograph with him – and admitted he was ‘just really nervous’
The Princess of Wales visited Leeds this morning to mark the official launch of her Shaping Us campaign, which focuses on the early childhood years
During her visit, the mother-of-three politely ignored a wolf whistle from a member of the public as she waved to crowds of adoring royal fans who had waited to catch a glimpse of her.
Keeping her jewellery minimal with some £74 gold earrings by Shyla London, Kate opted for a bouncy blow-dry and finished off her outfit with a matching green suede £435 handbag from Manu Atelier.
The royal’s campaign, which is launching today, is a long-term project of the princess’s, beginning with how a child develops and the importance of the formative years.
During her visit, the mother-of-three spoke with vendors who have worked at the market for over 30 years and members of the public about their reflections on the campaign’s film, which made its big screen debut at a BAFTA event last night.
Kate pictured waving to the crowds after her tour of Kirkgate Market in Leeds, West Yorkshire this morning
The Princess of Wales laughed as she waved to royal fans during her tour of the Leeds Kirkgate Market
The Princess of Wales was all smiles as she spoke with staff at Kirkgate Market. She paired her cream dress with an emerald green Alexander McQueen coat and gold hoop earrings
The Shaping Us short film highlights how babies and children develop in response to their earliest experiences.
The 90-second claymation film depicts how the development of a young girl from the age of zero to five is shaped by interactions and her environment, and will be shown in cinemas from Friday.
Following her tour of the market, Kate then visited the University of Leeds – where she will attend a second-year lecture on the ‘Psychological Approaches to Understanding and Supporting Children’s Learning’ module, which examines children’s learning and development, including attachment theory.
The princess chose to visit Leeds today as part of the city’s ongoing ambition to become the best place in the UK for young people and children to grow up in.
The Princess of Wales pictured touring the market in Leeds this morning. She wore a longline green coat, dark brown suede boots and a cream dress
The Princess of Wales styled her hair in a bouncy blow-dry and opted for a brown smokey eye for this afternoon’s engagement
The Princess of Wales speaks with vendors who have worked at the market for over 30 years and members of the public about their reflections on the film
In 2012, the city launched Child Friendly Leeds with the belief that by investing in and supporting children, young people and their families, the whole city will see immediate and longer-term social and economic benefits.
Leeds City Council, working with partners to deliver enrichment programmes to improve outcomes, has seen a safe reduction in the number of youngsters being taken into care, more teenagers going into education, employment and training, and better school attendance.
Leeds Kirkgate Market opened in 1857 and is home to hundreds of local independent businesses covering everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, butchers, and fishmongers, to a Community Library, cookery school and Volunteer Centre.
During the BAFTA screening last night, the Princess of Wales described the Shaping Us programme as her ‘life’s work’.
As she toured around the market, the Princess politely ignored a wolf whistle from a royal fan
The Princess of Wales matched her emerald tailored coat with an old favourite suede handbag by Manu Atelier
It will ‘explore in more depth the importance of a child’s social and emotional world’ and the significance of relationships, ‘surroundings and experiences’.
Earlier today, the princess appeared in a new video which was shared on her official social media pages, donning a smart green blazer with a black scoop neck top underneath.
She said: ‘Our early childhood, the time from pregnancy to the age of five, fundamentally shapes the rest of our lives.
‘But as a society we currently focus much more of our time and energy on later life.’
Kate explained she is now launching the Shaping Us campaign, adding: ‘To raise awareness of the life changing impact we can have, when we build a supportive, nurturing world around children and those who care for them.
‘By focusing our collective time, energy and resources on these most preventative years, we can make a huge difference to the physical and mental health and happiness of generations to come.
In the clip, the royal swept her hair into a bouncy blow dry style, tucking part of it behind her shoulder.
Introducing the film last night at a BAFTA screening, the princess said: ‘The campaign is fundamentally about shining a spotlight on the critical importance of early childhood and how it shapes the adults we become.
‘During this time we lay the foundations and building blocks for life. And it is when we learn to understand ourselves, understand others and understand the world in which we live.
‘This is why it is essential, to not only understand the unique importance of our earliest years, but to know what we can all do to help raise future generations of happy, healthy adults.’
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