Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 38, focusses much of her royal work around early years education and parenting. On Tuesday, the Duchess honoured her commitment to helping young families during a special visit to Battersea Park in South West London.
The park is a short distance from Thomas’s School where Prince George, seven and Princess Charlotte, four, are both pupils.
The hands-on mum may is known to do the school run and seems to have have planned her latest engagement to tie in with picking her up her little ones.
In Battersea Park, Kate met local parents and heard how they support groups such as Home-Start, National Childbirth Trust (NCT) had been affected during lockdown.
Kate, looked relaxed in a white top, pink trousers and white trainers and held onto her sunglasses, while chatting to mums as they sat socially distanced on wooden park benches.
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“Having begun life as a non-royal, Kate was very adept at learning and adopting all the body language rituals of royal tradition once she married William, assuming a rather formal and carefully choreographed demeanor with her perfect smile and her complete lack of negative emotional give-aways.
“There was no soap opera from Kate, just an eternal good mood and sense of duty, but recently she seems to have gone over the brow of ‘getting it right’ and developed enough personal confidence to act in a much more spontaneous and emotionally giving manner.
“The happy thing for Kate is that there appears to have been nothing negative lurking under the royal ‘mask’, if anything the smiles are wider and she now looks great fun and permanently happy.”
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Judi added: “ “She is also dropping signals of status too.”
“In these moments she looks more like a fellow mum and even friend rather than an elegant but rather remote royal on a visit.
“This ability to take risks shows a strong sense of charisma, as by lowering her own status signals she raises the confidence and perceptual status of the people she is visiting, which in turn enhances the ‘feel good’ factor for them.
“She looks across to the other mothers here as though really learning something from them and when she sits she self-diminishes, crossing her legs and performing a tight hand clasp, to suggest the joy of the visit is all hers.”
Kate and Prince William spent lockdown with Prince Louis, two, George and Charlotte at their home in Norfolk – Anmer Hall.
However, the family returned to London this month for the start of the autumn term.
Prince George and Charlotte are now back at school, a short drive from the Cambridges’ apartment at Kensington Palace.
Prince Louis is expected to start nursery next year.