Kate Middleton Is in Total Parenting Mode (& Changes Up Her Hair Again) at Latest Event
Kate Middleton and Prince William are officially in Scotland to promote mental health awareness, and they're kicking things off with a special visit to St. John's Primary School in Glasgow. While there, the royals joined a group of kids for a Roots of Empathy session—an initiative that helps young children build empathy. And naturally, the Duchess of Cambridge, who sported a different hairdo (her beachy waves were back after she opted for straight hair the other day), went into full-on parenting mode.
In a series of photos that were taken at the event, Middleton shows off her impressive parenting skills as she sits cross-legged among the students and participates in the session. The Cambridges shared a few snaps on Instagram and wrote, "Thanks to ‘Tiny teacher’ Saul, mum Laura and instructor Joan for having us along to your Roots of Empathy session earlier today. How you guide children’s understanding of a baby’s needs and emotions is such a forward-thinking approach. Helping children build empathy is a crucial part of good social and emotional development."
In one photo, Middleton and Prince William are all smiles as they sit with the kids and observe baby Saul with the class. And in another, the pair eagerly watches along as they stand behind everyone. One commenter wrote, "A day these children will never forget." Another follower said, "Love that you are spreading awareness regarding early life development, keep up the good work!"
In another standout moment, Middleton showed off her parenting prowess as she played with 10-month-old Saul. In the photo, she sits with him and his mom and shows him a children's book, and he looks very amused.
Body language expert Darren Stanton observed the royal couple during their visit and, speaking on behalf of Slingo, he confirmed that their hands-on approach reflected their authenticity and parenting style.
He said, "It was clear to see their parental side shining through, with Kate’s maternal instincts kicking in throughout the engagement, like when she read to a baby or stopped to interact with a group of young children—kneeling to ensure she was on their level."
He continued, “There was an ecstaticness behind Kate’s smile and her happiness was extremely visible. Once again, her face was actively engaged and there was a sincerity in her emotion—a clear indicator of the genuineness and authenticity she has that has the country really warming to her."
Aside from sitting in on the session, the duke and duchess also got to speak with kids who have finished the program. It marked their first official event during their two-day stay in Scotland.
This particular visit hits close to home for Middleton, given that she's an outspoken advocate for children’s mental health. She's currently a patron of Place2Be, a children's mental health charity, and earlier this year, she started The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, which aims to raise awareness about the impacts of early life.
Keep up the amazing work, Kate.
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