Catherine, the Princess of Wales has shown her playfulness – and her sense of rhythm – during a surprise visit to a pub in London.
The 41-year-old royal was recently filmed shaking a set of maracas at the Arnos Arms in North London as she grinned for the camera.
But it wasn’t exactly a wild dance party Kate was attending.
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She had turned up to the pub to learn about the Dadvengers, an online community and meetup group that supports fathers and their children.
Joining a music playgroup session, Kate shook a set of maracas as a singer gave a rendition of childhood favourite “The Wheels on the Bus”.
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One parent took out a phone and filmed Kate moving to the tune, and the happy-looking royal didn’t seem to mind.
Later, she showed a little girl how to shake the instrument to make some noise.
Kate was seen laughing and chatting with several parents at the event and kneeling down to engage with children.
When the video appeared on social media, fans were surprised at how relaxed she seemed when the parent turned the camera on her.
Kate Middleton shakes a set of maracas at a children’s music group in North London. Credit: @the_blazing_royals
“She is beautiful and adorable,” one fan said.
“Kate really is in her element around children,” observed another.
“She’s a natural at everything she does, she’s just perfect,” agreed a third.
One fan described her as looking “radiant”, while another enthused, “Love our future Queen.”
Catherine, Princess of Wales chats with children at the Arnos Arms in North London. Credit: WPA Pool/Getty Images
The Dadvengers initiative focuses on providing dads with the same level of mental health support as mothers, offering podcasts, “Dad Walks” and other activities designed to help new fathers feel more equipped for parenthood.
“Fathers have a hugely significant role to play in their children’s lives, right from the start,” said Nigel Clarke, who founded Dadvengers in 2020.
“Even before their baby is born, fathers can get involved and Dadvengers is on a mission to support them to do that in ways that work for them.
“We provide them with information and advice to help look after their own wellbeing, while also supporting them to build the nurturing relationships and surroundings we know are so important in the very earliest years of their children’s lives.”
Kate Middleton shows a little girl how to use the maracas. Credit: WPA Pool/Getty Images
Clarke said members of the Dadvengers were “in shock” when the princess walked in.
“They were amazed she’s taken the time to come and visit a group like this,” he said, as reported in Hello!
“We discussed how it’s important to have groups and spaces like this.
“Dads are worried they’re going to feel awkward, but in a space like this, they relax and open up.”
For those wondering about what Kate was wearing for the fun visit, her striped ‘Lotus’ cashmere sweater is from British designer Erdem and retails for about $A1300.
The sweater was paired with dark blue jeans, Blundstone Chelsea boots and a $380 khaki jacket from Barbour.
And while $1300 might seem steep for a sweater, Kate fashion observers have noted that she has worn the jumper on several previous occasions.
Kate Middleton wore an Erdem sweater, Barbour jacket, denims, and Blundstone Chelsea boots for her visit. Credit: WPA Pool/Getty Images
Her visit to the Dadvengers’ event was part of her ongoing Shaping Lives project, which focuses on the importance of a child’s early years, and which she has described as her “life’s work”.
“(Shaping Lives) is fundamentally about shining a spotlight on the critical importance of early childhood and how it shapes the adults we become,” Kate said at January’s launch event.
“During this time we lay the foundations and building blocks for life.
“And it is when we learn to understand ourselves, understand others and understand the world in which we live.
“This is why it is essential, to not only understand the unique importance of our earliest years, but to know what we can all do to help raise future generations of happy, healthy adults.”
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