When I was a child, I idolized Princess Diana. If I had the opportunity to meet her, you better believe I would have gone in for a big bear hug! So, I truly respect the kids from Bond Primary School in Mitcham, South London. They had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to embrace the Duchess of Cambridge and they took it.
The excited primary school pupils wanted to make the most of the few moments they had with Duchess Kate when she visited their school today. Pregnant Kate, 35, visited the school to see the work of the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative. When it came time for her to leave, the pupils she had met politely lined up to shake hands with their royal visitor.
But the first child in the queue, a little girl, reached out for a cu*dle instead. Duchess Kate was very happy to oblige – giving the kids parents pictures they will treasure for a lifetime. After the first girl had her royal hug, her classmates followed her lead. It was a busy morning for the Duchess who also visited Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
During the visit, Kate met staff caring for young pa!ie*ts and spoke to doctors carr-yi-ng out cutting edge research to help the most seriously ill children. Kate officially opened the new Premier Inn Clinical Building. After officially opening the building, the Duchess gave a short speech saying she’d been very ‘impressed’ on her first visit to the hospital.
‘I’d like to thank you for having me here today,’ she said. ‘It’s been my first visit to great Ormond Street and I’ve been so impressed by everything I’ve seen and the scale of the work going on here. ‘It’s been wonderful to meet so many families and young people. I’ve been so inspired by their bravery and courage at such a di*ficu*t time.
’ ‘My main message is congratulations to you all. It means so much to the families, both to the parents and children. You can see the real family element the hospital brings at such a dif*ic*lt time.’