Kate Middleton delights adorable Orkney schoolboy at meet-and-greet


‘I’m the Duchess of Cambridge… but just call me Catherine!’ Kate Middleton delights adorable Orkney schoolboy who asked her ‘are you the prince?’

  • William and Kate visited the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney today
  • The couple were greeted by excited schoolchildren as they arrived
  • One girl asked Kate ‘are you the prince?’ prompting the royal mother-of-three to reply sweetly: ‘No, I’m not the prince, I’m the Duchess of Cambridge’ 
  • Kate told another little girl she ‘looked like a princess’ in her ‘pretty pink coat’ 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent time speaking to excited schoolchildren on a visit to Orkney today. 

Prince William, 38, and Kate, 39, were greeted by the youngsters outside the European Marine Energy Centre, in Stromness, this afternoon. 

The couple, who share three children under the age of seven, were in their element as they stopped to speak to the excited schoolchildren along the waterfront. 

At one point a confident little boy pointed at Kate and asked: ‘Are you the prince?’ Prompting her to lean down and respond kindly: ‘No, I’m not the prince, I’m the Duchess of Cambridge.’ She added: ‘Lots of people call me Catherine.’ 

Royal fans! Prince William, 38, and Kate, 39, were greeted by the youngsters outside the European Marine Energy Centre, in Stromness, this afternoon

Later the couple visited the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) – the only accredited wave and tidal test centre for marine renewable energy in the world

The Duchess of Cambridge waves to well-wishers on her arrival

Busy day: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge started the day by opening a hospital before moving on to the European Marine Energy Centre, where they met the children

Natural warmth: The couple, who share three children under the age of seven, were in their element as they stopped to speak to the excited schoolchildren along the waterfront

Natural warmth: The couple, who share three children under the age of seven, were in their element as they stopped to speak to the excited schoolchildren along the waterfront

Moving down the row of children, Kate asked a little girl: ‘Are you a princess?’ 

When the shy little girl looked down and said ‘no’. Kate continued: ‘Well you look like one in your beautiful pink coat.’

The mother-of-three then turned to the wider group to say: ‘It’s very nice to meet you. Have you been having a look at all the boats?’

At the same time Prince William was busy speaking to the children at the other end of the line. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in Orkney today on the second day of joint engagements in Scotland. 

The day started with the official opening of Balfour Hospital, in Kirkwall. 

Delighted: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wave to schoolchildren in Orkney today

Delighted: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wave to schoolchildren in Orkney today

The Duchess of Cambridge shared a joke with sailors as they made their way back to shore from the tidal energy machine

The Duchess of Cambridge shared a joke with sailors as they made their way back to shore from the tidal energy machine

Queen of the seas! The Duchess of Cambridge beamed as she made her way back to shore after being taken to see the world's largest tidal energy turbine, off the coast of Orkney

Queen of the seas! The Duchess of Cambridge beamed as she made her way back to shore after being taken to see the world’s largest tidal energy turbine, off the coast of Orkney

Kate, 39, started the day looking polished in a recycled £349 Massimo Dutti coat, wide-leg beige trousers and a matching clutch bag and heels by go-to accessories label Emmy London. 

The Duchess, who is styled as the Countess of Strathearn in Scotland, gave a nod to her hosts with a Strathearn tartan scarf from online retailer ScotWeb and a pair of £1,395 earrings from local brand Hamilton & Inches.

Later she swapped the formal outfit for her trusty £190 Seeland hunting jacket and £310 See by Chloe boots as she joined William at the European Marine Energy Centre and headed out to sea to see the world’s largest tidal energy turbine. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive to officially open The Balfour, Orkney Hospital on day five of their week long visit to Scotland

The royal couple walk alongside one another as they visit Orkney for the first time

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on hand to officially open Balfour Hospital, in Kirkwall, and learn more about the pioneering work of the European Marine Energy Centre, as their royal tour of Scotland continued 

The Duchess wore the heavy-duty jacket over a £119 cotton blouse from Scottish brand Brora. 

William, 38, and Kate travelled to Orkney from the Palace of Holyroodhouse – the Queen’s official Scotland residence, in Edinburgh – where they are staying while on a week-long tour of Scotland.  

The visit is part of a broader royal charm offensive to help persuade Scotland to resist the demands of nationalists for independence.   

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