Monday 18 December 2017

Kate Middleton plays ukulele during private visit to children's hospital

Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton visiting the Shooting Star House, a children's hospice
Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton meeting Demi-Leigh Armstrong, 5 (right) while visiting the Shooting Star House, a children's hospice in Hampton
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Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Kate Middleton rejected the usual fanfare surrounding her public appearances for a private visit to a children's hospital.

The Duchess of Cambridge made a low-key visit to Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School in Kent on Tuesday, where she showed off a surprising musical talent - playing the ukulele.

Kate, who is seven months pregnant with her second child with Prince William, has just returned from a two-week trip to the Caribbean island of Mustique for her mother Carole's birthday.

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Kate Middleton meeting Demi-Leigh Armstrong, 5 (right) while visiting the Shooting Star House, a children's hospice in Hampton
Kate Middleton meeting Demi-Leigh Armstrong, 5 (right) while visiting the Shooting Star House, a children's hospice in Hampton

And it was back to business for the royal this week.

The 33-year-old spent nearly two hours with patients and hospital employees and paid particular attention to a little boy who taught her how to play the ukelele.

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Her visit was arranged via mental health charity Place2Be, whom she is a patron with.

Kate Middleton plays with a frog puppet as she visits Shooting Star House children's hospice in England
Kate Middleton plays with a frog puppet as she visits Shooting Star House children's hospice in England

Head teacher John ivens told Us Weekly: "She kept up with them. There's a career there."

Kate is due to give birth in April.

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