At Kew Gardens with Prince William, Kate Middleton laughs as she meets schoolchildren brainstorming strategies to save the earth.

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KATE Middleton was a barrel of laughs as she brainstormed ways to save the planet with schoolchildren she met in London today.

She and Prince William visited Kew Gardens in a bid to inspire pupils to come up with bold new ideas to save the planet.

Kate looked stunning in green as she shook hands with youngsters and teachers.

And she appeared in high spirits as she sat and discussed the environment with youngsters from The Heathland School in Hounslow.

The Duchess of Cambridge dusted off an emerald Erdem coat last worn in 2016 for the outing.

She paired it with a short-sleeve green jumper and wide-leg black trousers.

William donned a navy blue suit and light blue shirt for the event, but left a formal tie at home.

The royals were joined by London mayor Sadiq Khan, TV presenter and explorer Steve Backshall and double Olympic rowing champion Helen Glover today.

Schoolkids from The Heathland School in Hounslow are taking part in a series of challenges this afternoon alongside the dignitaries.

The event is part of Generation Earthshot, William’s eco initiative.

He said today: “Education is such an important part of protecting our planet – we must inspire in the next generation the optimism, confidence and enthusiasm to chase these solutions and continue building a more sustainable future.”

The visit comes in the middle of a big week for the Cambridges.

Both William and Kate expected at the Earthshot Prize awards ceremony at Alexandra Palace later this week, which will be broadcast to a global audience via the BBC and Discovery+.

The prize is a £50million fund to develop ideas to tackle global warming.

It’s been dubbed the ‘Nobel prize for the environment’ – and William says it’s “the most ambitious environmental prize in history”.

Finalists include a 14-year-old inventor from India who is working to improve air quality across India and the country of Costa Rica for a pioneering scheme to restore the rainforest.

William first dreamed up the idea during a trip to Nairobi in 2018 – and decided to launch the award after being “horrified by the cliff edge scientists predicted, yet determined not to give up”.

The prince said he was inspired by the work done by his father Charles and his grandfather Philip.

“Following in their footsteps, I have seen people all over the world face what seem like insurmountable challenges yet come together with collective ambition, and a can-do-spirit, to find solutions to them,” he said.

Philip, who died earlier this year, was a passionate conservationist.

He served as president of WWF-UK between 1961 and 1982, and was president emeritus of WWF International until he died.

During his time championing environmental issues for… Brinkwire Brief News.

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