Kate Middleton Is Casual and Radiant at First Royal Visit Since Giving Birth to Prince Louis
By Rachel McRady
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Kate Middleton made her first solo royal appearance on Tuesday, after stepping back from the limelight over the past few months following the birth of her and Prince William's third child, Prince Louis, in April.
The 36-year-old Duchess of Cambridge visited the Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden at the Paddington Recreation Ground in Ewhurst, England, just southwest of London.
For her first solo appearance in months, Kate went very casual, rocking a forest green jacket by Fjällräven, with a matching sweater underneath. She paired the look with brown trousers and Penelope Chilvers knee-high boots. As for her hair, the Duchess opted to wear her brunette locks down with a slight wave.
The mother of three was all smiles as she greeted school children at the event, who were anxiously lined up to see her. Kate was even surprised by two eager girls who gave her big hugs after she spoke with them. She then went on a forest walk to learn more about the facilities.
Duchess of Cambridge arriving at Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden - following in the footsteps of 5,500 children last year from Westminster and neighbouring boroughs. pic.twitter.com/QNCa1d6ZMT
Video: Kate is hugged by reception kids (ages 4&5) from St Augustine’s CoE Primary in Kilburn. So sweet! Kate asks them what their favourite thing about forest school. “Eating!” says one & Kate giggles. #kate#duchessofcambridgepic.twitter.com/icqAhZDYhj
The Sayers Croft Forest School has had more than 5,500 visits from students in London for the past year, teaching the inner city children about engaging with the natural world. The Duchess’ visit is to learn about how the school helps to improve kids' emotional and physical well being.
The Duchess of Cambridge is visiting @SCTrust Forest School and Wildlife Garden, which gives inner city children a unique opportunity to learn about and engage with the natural world 🍃 pic.twitter.com/GdB9v20r2H
Instead, the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been stepping up, attending numerous events. Markle even collaborated with the Hubb Community Kitchen on a recent cookbook and hosted her first solo event for the book’s launch at Kensington Palace last month.
The newlyweds are also preparing to embark on their first joint royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga in a few weeks. For more from the newlyweds, watch the clip below: