Duchess of Cambridge joins inner-city children on camping trip in countryside

16:20 17 June 2012

The former Kate Middleton joined in outdoor activities when she visited inner-city London schoolchildren on a campaing trip in the countryside. Photo: David Parker/Daily Mail/PA Wire

The former Kate Middleton joined in outdoor activities when she visited inner-city London schoolchildren on a campaing trip in the countryside. Photo: David Parker/Daily Mail/PA Wire

After visiting Narnia earlier this week, the Duchess of Cambridge went into the woods today to join inner-city London children on a camping trip.

The former Kate Middleton, looking happy and relaxed, visited the Expanding Horizons Primary School Scheme at Widehorizons’ Margaret McMillan House in Wrotham, Kent, to meet children from ARK’s King Solomon Academy Primary in London, who are taking part in an outdoor residential course.

The Duchess, wearing a pair of green Burberry wellies, spent time with children from Year 4, most of them spending their first time to the countryside.

Kate, who also wore blue Zara jeans, a green Burberry blouse, green Zara jumper and a Really Wild green leather waistcoat, was accompanied on her visit to the woods by Vanessa Willms, headteacher of King Solomon Academy Primary, and assistant headteacher Lizzy Williams, who brought the children on the camping trip on Friday.

Kate chatted to Zahid Shanvere, eight, and Faith Kalala, nine, who showed her the teepees where they had all slept on Saturday night.

Kate asked whether the children had been scared that a spider might come into the teepee but Zahid said that he was more worried that a mole might have made its way inside.

When showing the Duchess into the teepee, he said: “Ladies first.”

To which Kate replied: “Such a gentleman. Thank you.”

After chatting with the children inside the teepee for several minutes, Kate emerged and said: “Thank you very much for showing me your bedroom.”

Zahid and Faith then walked the Duchess into the woods, where all the other children were building tents out of bits of wood and tarpaulin, making campfires and learning about what they would need to survive.

Kate met several groups of children and asked them about their weekend before sitting around a large campfire and learning how to make dough sticks.

After thanking the children for having her, the Duchess walked with them to the barn where they enjoyed lunch before the she left the centre.

Alpha Kolajo, nine, said he had spoken to Kate about what he loved best about camping and about how it had helped him and his friends.

He said: “We asked her a few questions, like how many countries she had been to. She said she had been to a few but not as many as William.”

Tigerlily Smith, eight, said: “I asked her what it was like to be a princess. She said she gets treated very well and William is very sweet and kind and spoils her.”

Earlier this week, Kate attended The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, which is being staged in Kensington Gardens.

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