The Duchess of Cambridge donned her wellies as she spent the afternoon on a farm in Arlingham, Gloucestershire. The royal joined a group of local schoolchildren and teachers as they learnt firsthand about the day-to-day running of a farm. Kate, 35, was more than happy to get stuck in, completing work around the farm yard with the children. She made her way from allotment to allotment, tending to the pigs, sheep and chickens.
The Duchess was shown around the farm by children's author Michael Morpurgo and his wife Clare, who run the charity Farms For City Children. The couple set up the charity with the aim of giving children from the city the chance to spend a week on a real-working farm.
During the engagement, Kate and the kids were treated to a storytelling session by Michael, author of War Horse and Kensuke's Kingdom. One of the charity's mission is to promote literacy and storytelling, as well as to give children an understanding of farming, the countryside and food production.
Children from all over the country usually spend a week living and working on a real farm where they learn about where their food comes from, and develop practical skills outside the classroom. The charity, founded by Michael and Clare in 1976, now has three working farms, where it welcomes around 3,200 children and 400 teachers a year.
The engagement ended with a short tea party, where Kate met some of the charity's volunteers, trustees and staff.