Just a few days after Duchess Kate appeared on Giovanna Fletcher's Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, Kensington Palace has released a new video showing the royal encouraging UK residents to take part in her big survey.
In the clip, which was posted on the Kensington Palace Instagram account, the Duchess of Cambridge explains why she launched the project last month and says people can take part until Feb. 21.
"Parents, carers and families are at the heart of raising the next generation, and that's why I felt so passionate about listening to them and raising your thoughts and views and how best we can support you going forward," she says in the clip. "That's why I've launched the 5 Big Questions to hear from as many people from society as possible. We visited Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England to hear your experiences. I'm really pleased that over 200,000 people have already filled in the survey, but it's not too late to have your say..."
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Have you completed The Duchess of Cambridge’s #5BigQuestions on the Under fives survey? It’s not too late to have your say in the biggest ever conversation on early childhood ️ visit the link in our bio before Friday 21st February to fill in the survey. It takes just 5 minutes ⏱️ to answer five simple questions, and help bring about positive, lasting change for generations to come. The survey designed to bring together the thoughts of as many people as possible — recognising that everyone has a role in ensuring strong, healthy foundations for the youngest in our society that will positively affect their lifelong outcomes.
Over the weekend, the mom of three appeared on Happy Mom, Happy Baby and opened up about her parenting experiences, from pregnancy to birth and raising toddlers. She spoke about her most fond childhood memories, from doing arts and crafts and cooking with her grandmother, to spending time with Pippa and James, her sister and brother. Kate said she looks to those positive experiences and hopes to give them to her children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, too.
"If I take the experience from my own childhood, coupled with what I know now and what I've learnt from the experts in the Early Years sector, I think there's a few things that really stand out for me," Kate told Giovanna.
"One is quality of relationships. So, those moments that you spend with people that are around you. I remember that from my own childhood. I had an amazing granny who devoted a lot of time to us, playing with us, doing arts and crafts and going to the greenhouse to do gardening, and cooking with us, and I try and incorporate a lot of the experiences that she gave us at the time into the experiences that I give my children now."
Carole Middleton, Kate's mother, has been a strong source of support for Kate and Prince William since Kate married the Duke of Cambridge and joined the Royal Family. She's also frequently seen coming and leaving Kensington Palace and the Cambridge country home at Anmer Hall in Norfolk. In November, when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Royal Variety Performance, Carole stepped in to babysit the children.
Kate has also long been passionate about spending time outdoors, and launched her Back to Nature garden at the Chelsea Flower Show last year to help kids get in some playtime outside. While speaking with Giovanna, she said time outdoors was very beneficial to her as a youngster and she's seen how it can help mental health.
"As children, we spent a lot of time outside and it's something I'm really passionate about. I think it's so great for physical and mental wellbeing and laying [developmental] foundations. It's such a great environment to spend time in, building those quality relationships without the distractions of 'I've got to coo' and 'I've got to do this.' And actually, it's so simple."
If you live in the UK (or have dual UK and Canadian citizenship), take part in the survey until Feb. 21!