A young Kate Middleton fan learned that real princesses don’t always wear dresses!
The royal mother received flowers from two sisters during her visit to Prince William to Cumbria on Tuesday. Although the girls were a bit shy because Kate asked them questions, their father shared that they were absolutely enthusiastic about their brush of royalties.
“It’s a princess. You love princesses!” He said to the little girl as she shook Kate’s hand.
He then turned to the royal and said, “She wanted to know if you would wear your Princess Elsa dress,” referring to the character of Disney’s Frozen.
“I know. I’m sorry,” Kate responded immediately. “I came in my pants and my coat, because I’m going to see some sheep.”
Kate, 37, arrived in the English countryside – where she spent many “boulder hopping” in nearby Lake District – with a Troy London UK Tracker jacket over a “cake crust” shirt. She accessorized with “Lauren” earrings by Kiki McDonough.
And while she dressed for the outdoor visit, Kate channeled the Disney character during a November 2017 award ceremony to the Royal Variety Performance of the Palladium Theater. Her light blue dress from Jenny Packham even contained sparkling sequins and crystals that looked like icicles!
Kate also complimented the girls with their French braids, and told the young fans that their hair styles were “so beautiful”. She then admitted that her own styling skills needed some work to catch up.
“I tried to do a braid this morning with [Princess] Charlotte and it didn’t work really well,” she admitted.
Of course the royal parents watched their children during their day of royal duties. Kate even told the crowds of people who had gathered in Keswick that she hoped they would return to London to pick up the kids from school.
Soon their school trips become even easier. Charlotte, 4, is going to see her big brother, Prince George, 5, at Thomas’s Battersea in September, Kensington Palace announced last month.
“She said Charlotte was very attentive to school,” says Helen Jones (35) from Carlisle, who took her 4-year-old daughter Eva. “She was very friendly.”
Before they left to meet a few farmers and participate in the seasonal task of shearing some of the sheep that cover the mountains of the area, William and Kate took part in a celebration of people and local organizations close to their heart. They met representatives from the mountain rescue service and a drug advisory group, and trained young people as first aid workers in mental health care. Former air ambulance and rescue helicopter pilot William, 36, supports rescue teams in the hilly areas of Britain, while Kate has helped tackle addictions and the consequences for families.
After the reception at Keswick’s Moot Hall for the groups – most of whom were helped by grants from the Cumbria Community Foundation – the royal couple walked through the market square and met some of the people who had gathered to chat with them.
They then went to a traditional mountain sheep farm to meet farmers and hear about some of the major challenges farmers face, and helped with some of the activities such as shaving. Farming and farming in some of the most challenging areas in the UK, and the income of millions of tourists to the Lake District – which was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 2017 – are the most important industries in the province of Cumbria.