On an outing, Kate Middleton is’super pleased’ by pupils as she talks about her’real interest.’
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, shocked students on Wednesday when she visited a London school and sat in on a lesson.
The Duchess of Gloucester, 39, paid a surprise visit to Nower Hill High School in London yesterday, surprising the astounded 13-year-old students who were surprised to see a royal visitor. The students were only told of Kate’s coming 15 minutes before she arrived, and they met with the Duchess, who complimented them on their “excellent” studies.
Based on research from Oxford University’s department of psychiatry, the students were learning about neuroscience and the role of early childhood in brain development.
Their courses emphasize the value of learning during the first five years of a child’s existence, since it will affect the remainder of the child’s life.
“Really well done,” Middleton said to the students. It piqued my curiosity fully.
“It’s something I’m quite passionate about.”
“Understanding the brains of babies, how our adult brains evolve, and how our early upbringing shapes who we become as adults.”
“Keep thinking about it, keep talking about it with your friends,” the Duchess said.
“Wow, you’ve done a fantastic job. I’m very impressed.”
“I appreciate you having me here today.”
The school’s headmaster, Louise Voden, told People she was surprised the monarch paid the students a visit.
“I never expected her to do that!” she exclaimed.
She was a natural performer.
“She was genuinely interested in what they had to say and their perspectives on the materials they were studying.
“She certainly cares a great deal about it.”
Kate has long been interested in this subject, and earlier this year she launched the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, which investigates early childhood experiences and how they affect “social challenges such as addiction, family breakdown, poor mental health, suicide, and homelessness.”
“Her Royal Highness is committed to this essential cause,” the center’s website says, “but only by working together can we bring about constructive, sustainable change for generations to come.”