Yesterday, November 29, Kate Middleton visited Robin Hood Primary School to celebrate 10 years of the Royal Horticultural Society Campaign for School Gardening where she joined in on the gardening activities and thanked everyone for having her there.
Upon arrival, the Duchess of Cambridge was greeted by school children and given flowers before receiving a briefing about the RHS nation-wide campaign and how it helps outdoor learning.
Kate then joined the children for gardening activities such as planting bulbs in the Sensory Garden and whittling bug homes in the Outdoor Learning area.
The spaces give children an opportunity to explore, consolidate, and develop their knowledge and understanding of the natural environment while inspiring their curiosity and stimulating their desire to learn.
The RHS Campaign for School Gardening inspires and supports schools to provide children with gardening opportunities to enhance their skills and boost their development. The RHS Campaign for School Gardening touts direct benefits of gardening for children, among other things, as: improves physical and mental well-being; builds life skills such as confidence, teamwork and communication; and teaches about the environment and sustainability.
After visiting the outdoor space, Kate was given an overview of the School Gardeners of the Year competition and met a group of parents, before cutting a cake to celebrate 10 years of the program – which has, so far, enabled 34,000 schools to get involved in gardening.
Kate spoke to the crowd at the end of the engagement. Her little speech begins at 1:23 in the video below (prior to that you can hear her speaking to the children during their activities). She says:
“Hello, thank you so much for having me here today, it’s been lovely to meet all of you. And thank you so much to all the children who’ve shown me what they’ve been doing in their gardens – it’s really inspiring and, um, exciting to see what you’ve all been up to. Um, I’ve got such fond memories of being in the garden and being outside from my own childhood and, um, I’m sharing that with my own children, George and Charlotte, um, at the moment, and I’m really excited with what you’re doing here, and taking inspiration from that in the school environment as well. But thank you again, and, um, good luck and happy gardening for the future.”
I think this is one of Kate’s better speaking moments: while she clearly has a note card in her left hand which she takes a peek at from time to time, she isn’t reading off of the card like she does during normal speeches; she is looking out at the crowd the majority of the time; and her voice sounds more confident than usual. I left in the filler words in my transcript because it seems to me like she didn’t use as many filler words as she usually does when speaking without reading off of a piece of paper.
Kate went Full Repeat with her dressed down outfit for this engagement: Barbour Ladies Waxed Defence Jacket (which she’s had since 2012), Temperley London Honeycomb Tunic (which she’s had since at least 2016), Penelope Chilvers Long Tassel Boots (which she’s had for over a decade), and Kiki McDonough Lauren Leaf earrings (which she’s had since 2015), and black skinny jeans.
Overall, I think this was a good engagement for Kate. She seemed engaged with the kids (judging by the video), she got involved with the activities, she spoke to the crowd and was more confident than usual while doing so, and she wore all repeated clothing. I think Kate did very well here.
Here’s a photo of Catherine Quinn.
This is where they put the whittled bug homes: Bug-ingham Palace.
A photo of the cake.
[Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal]
Kate was photographed in the afternoon on the 28th driving with her mother, Carole Middleton. You can see the photos at the Daily Mail. Kate is wearing a checkered coat from Zara in the photos.
Kate Middleton leaving Kensington Palace with Carole https://t.co/gLhNiPxDzY
— KateMiddletonReview (@KateMiddReview) November 29, 2017