It was a day of laughter and tears as Kate Middleton kicked off her Tuesday morning with a dinosaur tea party before ending the evening with an emotional embrace with a sobbing mom.
And while the royals are certainly no strangers to tea parties, this was surely one of the most memorable that the Duchess of Cambridge has ever attended!
The fun event at London’s Natural History Museum was in honor of the landmark’s famous Dippy the Diplodocus, who has stood guard at the entrance to the tourist hot spot for 40 years, but is now moving on.
Wearing a floral dress by L.K Bennett, Prince William’s wife jumped right into the festivities, which included painting dinosaur eggs and a mini fossil dig.
“Does anyone like T-Rex?” Middleton asked the youngsters as they decorated their eggs. “The boys probably... George likes T-Rex. I think probably because it’s the noisiest and scariest.”
“George absolutely loves dinosaurs,” the Duchess later shared with a young girl sitting next to her during the arts and crafts session. “Dinosaurs and volcanoes!”
Middleton also discussed her love for Jurassic Park with the kids, and questioned them about what they want to be when they grow up.
Royal duties continued later in the day as the 34-year-old style icon attended the Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards at Mansion House in London.
Looking stunning in a flared, black Preen cocktail dress, Middleton attended the event as part of her role as a patron of the children’s mental health organization, which provides support and training to schools to improve the emotional wellbeing of students.
“As you all recognize through your support of Place2Be, even the luckiest people can face great challenges," the mother of two told the crowd. “No matter how invincible we seem on the surface, all of us need help from time to time.”
Middleton was seen emotionally hugging Ceri Knapton, a mom who broke down in tears while her 13-year-old son, Ethan, talked to the royal about his battle with autism and Asperger’s syndrome. While his teary-eyed mom watched on, the teen, who was nominated for the Young Person Champion Award, told Middleton about his experience being bullied at school because of his condition.
“The Duchess just leaned over and said to me, ‘I've got to give you a hug as a mom,’” Knapton told reporters. “I couldn't believe it. It was such a kind gesture.'”
Tea parties and random hugs aren’t the only surprises from Middleton. Check out the video below to see the royal stun fellow passengers while flying commercial.