The Duchess of Cambridge in Denmark – in pictures
Kate Middleton’s whistle-stop two-day tour was packed with engagements
From chopping wood to playing on children’s slides, Kate Middleton’s first overseas work trip since 2019 has certainly been an active one.
The Duchess of Cambridge embarked on a “two-day fact finding mission with her Centre for Early Childhood” this week, said the Daily Mail. She travelled to Denmark, to find out how the country has become a world leader in early childhood development.
During the trip, Middleton met Danish royalty, as well as spending time talking to parents at Copenhagen’s Children’s Museum. Wearing a red jacket and white blouse, she “dressed in Denmark’s national colours” on day one of the trip, said Metro.
The Duchess “showcased her winning ways with children” during the visit, and “appeared in her element” during a woodland ramble with youngsters, the Daily Mail continued. And she even suggested that a “fourth child may not be out of the question”, added Metro.
“Two future queens – who have much in common after coming from ordinary families to marry princes – were reunited” in Copenhagen this week, said Town and Country. Middleton first met Crown Princess Mary of Denmark in Copenhagen in 2011, and this week the Crown Princess welcomed the Duchess back to the city.
The Duchess was given an official Royal welcome by Crown Princess Mary and Denmark’s Queen Margrethe. “The visit was in part to pay tribute to the historic ties between the two countries, which are both celebrating jubilees this year”, said The Independent.
On a vist to Stenurten Forest Kindergarten, a teaching assistant told Middleton to have a go at some of the activities, including wood chopping. Hammer in hand, “she took just three blows to split the log and was applauded for her efforts”, the Daily Mail reported.
The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken often of her fondness for children – and they too seem to warm to her quickly. A video taken during the visit “appears to show one child say ‘I love you’ to Kate before she seemingly repeats the sentiment as they share a cuddle”, said the Daily Mail.
During her stay, Kate told some of the mothers she met that she gets broody, and “joked that Prince William worries about her working with under-ones” as she sometimes comes home saying, “‘let’s have another one’”, The Mirror reported.
Kate met with parents at the Children’s Museum in Frederiksberg, where the broody comment was made. Here, she learnt about a project called Understanding Your Baby, which trains health visitors to support new parents. “She also praised dads who take paternity leave”, reported Metro.
While “having a good old nosey” around the University College Copenhagen’s Lego Foundation PlayLab, Kate spotted a slide – “and, in what may well be a royal first, decided to give it a go rather than taking the stairs”, said Cosmopolitan. Royal fans were “quick to share their delight” at a video capturing the moment.