The Duchess of Cambridge admitted to feeling broody while on a walkabout in Northern Ireland today. Kate, 37, who is already mother to George, Charlot
The Duchess of Cambridge admitted to feeling broody while on a walkabout in Northern Ireland today.
Kate, 37, who is already mother to George, Charlotte and Louis, cooed over five-month-old baby James Barr after spotting the baby in the crowd outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena.
Speaking to his father Alan, Kate said: ‘He’s a very sweet little boy… He’s so diddy. Makes me very broody.’
When Mr Barr asked if that meant she is planning baby number four, Kate cracked a wry smile and added: ‘I think William might be slightly worried.’
The Duchess, who donned a £1,735 Mulberry coat and Jenny Packham dress for the occasion, has joined husband Prince William for a busy two days of engagements in the region.
The couple rounded off their trip this afternoon with a visit to a childcare centre, where both William and Kate spent time with youngsters.
Kate, 37, who is already mother to George, Charlotte and Louis, cooed over five-month-old baby James Barr after spotting the baby in the crowd outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena. She told his father Alan that it made her feel ‘broody’
Princess popular! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were greeted by hundreds of well-wishers eager to take their picture as they arrived at the Braid Arts Centre
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The Duchess of Cambridge pretends to blow out candles on a little girl’s Plasticine cake at a childcare centre in Ballymena
Kate, who admitted to feeling broody during a walkabout, beamed as she spent time with children at the Sure Start centre
The Duke of Cambridge looked in his element as he knelt down to speak to one of the little girls using the centre
The parents visited the childcare centre in Ballymena, north of Ballymena, to round off their busy two days of engagements
Yesterday the mother-of-three’s head was turned by another baby, who was taken to meet the royals at Belfast’s Windsor Park stadium.
Today it was baby James who caught her eye. Bending down to speak to the baby, Kate, whose youngest son Louis is 10 months old, said: ‘Hi James! How old are you? Hello!’
The little boy appeared delighted by the attention and gave the Duchess a big smile.
Glancing up at Mr Barr, Kate continued: ‘He’s a very sweet little boy. How old is he?,’ to which the father replied ‘five and a half months’.
After having the exchange about being broody Kate told Mr Barr: ‘It is nice to meet you.’
Kate wore a fitted navy blue bespoke dress from one of her favourite designers, Jenny Packham as she kicked off a busy second day of engagements on Thursday.
The mother-of-three could be seen wearing her beloved sapphire earrings, which were originally gifted to her late mother-in-law as a wedding gift.
The earrings were part of a suite of jewels given by Crown Prince Fahd of Saudi Arabia, before William passed them on to Kate following their engagement in 2010.
She added an extra layer in the form of a chic caped Mulberry coat in a dusky blue shade costing £1,735.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were met by an enthusiastic crowd of local schoolchildren as they arrived in Ballymena on Thursday, with one lucky enough to receive a handshake from Kate herself
The Duchess could be seen cooing over an elderly gentleman’s Yorkshire Terrier as she conducted her walk about
Kate added an extra layer in the form of her dusky blue Mulberry coat costing £1,735 and carried an elegant navy clutch bag
The mother-of-three could be seen chatting to a group of school children who came armed with the Union flag to greet the royal couple today
Eager to engage in proper conversation with the youngsters Kate could be seen bending down to speak to a young girl
Once inside Kate helped a group of school children make over a young girl, applying face paint to her arm to create a ‘scaled’ effect
The Duchess was eager to get stuck in, offering up suggestions as the young girls transformed the teen into a terrifying monster
Kate opted for an orange face paint as she helped to decorated the teens forearm with the help of a schoolgirl
William meanwhile, opted for his signature daytime look of an open collared shirt, chinos and a navy pull-over.
Kate and William are visiting the Braid Arts Centre to visit the charity Cinemagic, who have used film, television and digital technologies to engage with over 500,000 young people.
The charity uses visual arts to increase opportunities and develop skills for young people from all backgrounds. The Duke and Duchess will take part in some of Cinemagic’s workshops to see the full range of training they provide.
Earlier on Thursday they paid a visit to Hillsborough Castle where they met with local police officers and staff to discuss the challenging roles they undertake.
Kate showcased a bouncy blow dry for her engagement today as she chatted animatedly with the police staff today.
Their final engagement of the day will be at Sure Start, a programme that supports parents with children aged under four years old living in disadvantaged areas in Northern Ireland.
Their Royal Highnesses will see some of the different programmes that Sure Start provides to understand how the organisation supports parents and provides best practice for early years work.
Last night saw Kate tried her hand at pulling pints as she joined Prince William at Belfast’s Empire Music Hall last night.
The Duke and Duchess were able to witness some of the pioneering technology used at the charity
Kate couldn’t keep the smile off her face as she toured the facilities in Ballymena today
The Duchess appeared delighted with the turn out, waving enthusiastically to crowds as she conducted her walkabout
Kate could be seen bending down in order to chat to a young girl in a wheelchair who had patiently awaited the royal arrival
One young man could be seen chatting animatedly to Prince William who could be seen clutching a bunch of daffodils
William appeared to be less popular with the youngsters of the crowd, failing to impress one bashful youngster
It seemed that not even William’s gift of a posy of daffodils was enough to bring a smile to the young girl’s face
Prince William gave a big wave to crowds before heading inside to learn more about the Cinemagic charity’s work
One adorable younger girl presented Kate with a single pink flower, adding to the Duchess’s growing collection
Kate was later met by a sea of blue jumpers as she made her way along a line of school children on Thursday morning
The mother-of-three could be seen wearing her beloved sapphire earrings, which were originally gifted to her late mother-in-law as a wedding gift
The couple received a warm welcome from a pair of local cadets as they arrived in Ballymena for their walkabout on Thursday
Kate, 37, could be seen laughing as she went behind the bar and poured pints with her husband at the party.
The mother-of-three stunned in a £1,590 Missoni metallic-knit wrap dress, which she paired with her signature Gianvito suede stilettos, costing £505, and a nude Mulberry clutch.
There were cheers as Kate poured a pint of Harp Ice lager and set her effort on the bar.
William then took his turn, saying ‘here we go’ as he tilted the pint glass. He watched the tap intently before exclaiming ‘look at that bad boy’ as he admired his work, and added: ‘Perfect… good enough for an advert.’
The couple, who arrived yesterday for a surprise two-day tour of Northern Ireland, were greeted by well-wishers and Lord Lieutenant of Belfast Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyl before making their way inside.
The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a very apt royal blue ensemble as she joined William to meet police officers and staff at Hillsborough Castle where they discussed the challenging roles they undertake
The couple appeared to be in very good spirits as they chatted with the staff in one of the castle’s informal lounges
It is the couple’s second day in Ireland, with the pair preparing for a busy day of engagements beginning by spending time with the officers at Hillsborough Castle
William meanwhile, opted for his signature daytime look of an open collared shirt, chinos and a navy pull-over
The appearance at Empire Music Hall wrapped up an action-packed day of activities.
A smile was never far from the Duchess of Cambridge’s face as she showed off her footballing skills, tried her hand at archery, practised putting up a tent and took on her husband in a heated Canadian canoe race.
The couple appeared in excellent spirits as they arrived at their first stop of Belfast’s Windsor Park stadium, where they jostled on the pitch as they joined excited schoolchildren for a spirited kickabout.
Kate, 37, started the day in a £1,200 Carolina Herrera coat and £199 LK Bennett boots, but soon swapped them for a £159 navy Barbour jacket and £80 New Balance trainers which proved a more practical choice. Keen football fan William, 36, also came prepared with a second pair of shoes and spent much of the afternoon in Nike trainers.
After the kickabout, the couple headed some two hours west of Belfast to the Roscor Youth Village on the shores of Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh, where they met youngsters who benefit from the outdoor adventure camp. Kate was given a canoe lesson, while the Duke of Cambridge tested his balance on a low-ropes assault course.
The Duchess of Cambridge tried her hand at pulling pints as she joined Prince William at Belfast’s Empire Music Hall last night. Kate, 37, could be seen laughing as she went behind the bar and poured pints with her husband at the party
The Duchess of Cambridge looked a little apprehensive as she put down her pint after pouring it at the Empire Music Hall
Sporty Kate was in her element as she and William kicked off a surprise two-day tour of Northern Ireland with an action-packed day of activities. The Duchess of Cambridge looked perfectly at ease as she took part in a canoeing lesson, pictured
Ever the sportswoman, the Duchess of Cambridge also put herself forward for an archery session a the youth village