It’s been over five months since Kate Middleton gave birth to Prince Louis and retreated from her official royal duties. Now, the Duchess of Cambridge is officially back from maternity leave and she paid a visit to the Sayers Croft Trust Forest School and Wildlife Garden at Paddington Recreation Ground in London on Oct. 2. She helped schoolchildren there learn about the mental health benefits of experiencing nature.
“She said we were lucky to live near a place like this,” Mirianthe Engomitis told People of Middleton’s appearance. “She was asking if we had been here to see the park’s progress. It was lovely of her to stop.”
In addition to Prince Louis, Middleton is a mother to Prince George, 5, and Princess Charlotte, 3.
During her visit, Middleton sat down with some students from St. Stephen’s School for story time, during which they read “Monkey Queen.” She helped children make leaf crowns, fill their watering bucks, plant seeds and search for spiders — an activity she revealed she frequently does with her own children. She spent around an hour with the children at the event.
“They’re not that shy, but they do know she’s a princess,” Zoe Stroud, the interim head at Sayers Croft, explained of the students to Hello! Magazine.
As is clearly evidenced by the photos, the youngsters definitely took a liking to Middleton.
Mental health, and particularly children’s mental health, is a passion of Middleton’s. She has spoken about the topic frequently, along with her husband Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry.
“As a mother, just getting used to leaving my own child at the school gates, it is clear to me that it takes a whole community to help raise a child,” she said in her remarks last year at the Place2Be School Leaders Forum in London. “Whether we are school leaders, teachers, support staff or parents we are all in this together. Collaborating with experts like yourselves, we’re looking at providing easy access to information and practical tools to support teachers, parents and children feel comfortable talking about their mental health.”
We’re glad to see that Middleton is back from maternity leave and hope we’ll see more of her in the near future.