Kate's maternal side on full display during school visit with youngsters

By Ainhoa Barcelona

The Duchess of Cambridge showed her maternal side as she bonded with a group of youngsters in London on Wednesday (Jan. 10). While carrying out her first official engagement of the year at Reach Academy Feltham school, Kate was surely reminded of her own little girl as she met young boys and girls in nursery – two-year-old Princess Charlotte just kicked off her first week of nursery on Monday.

Kate was visiting the school as patron of Place2Be. The mental health charity provides support to 282 schools around the UK, including Reach Academy Feltham. Kate spoke to parents who have benefited from the charity's services and the Academy's parenting support. She was given a brief tour of the school, which teaches pupils aged four to 18, before talking with Place2Be staff and a group of secondary school pupils. The students spoke about the range of support on offer at their school, including emotional wellbeing support, LGBT groups and a girls' group.

TAP TO VIEW GALLERYKate Middleton meets children at a school for Place2BeKate is a patron of Place2Be

Kate looked positively radiant at the school outing, showing off her growing baby bump in a navy Hobbs coat. The Duchess has had a relaxing break over Christmas, helping to welcome her future sister-in-law Meghan Markle into the royal fold. Kate and Meghan were pictured attending the traditional Christmas Day service at Sandringham with Princes William and Harry, and the Queen and Prince Philip. The Duchess was last pictured in public on Sunday, when she again attended a church service at Sandringham.

Kate Middleton in a long navy blue top coatThe Duchess looked lovely in a navy coat

Prince George and Princess Charlotte's doting mum has been a royal patron of Place2Be since 2013. She supports a range of mental health charities along with Princes William and Harry. Meghan, meanwhile, will join the trio as the fourth patron of their charitable foundation when she marries her Prince in May.

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