Kate stepped out for the second and last day of engagements in Copenhagen, where she is on a fact-finding mission to learn more about Denmark’s world-leading approach to the early years. The Duchess of Cambridge’s visit began on Tuesday when she landed with a 30 minutes delay at the Copenhagen airport aboard a scheduled British Airways flight.
On her first day of this whirlwind solo visit, Kate first headed to the University of Copenhagen, where she spoke to experts and researchers about the Copenhagen Infant Mental Health Project, a study helping health visitors identify young children at risk of adverse social and emotional development.
Kate then headed to the Copenhagen Children’s Museum, where she chatted with parents of young children.
There, she confessed she still gets very broody when working with children.
Speaking about working with youngsters, Kate said: “It makes me very broody.”
However, Prince William doesn’t seem very keen on having a fourth child, Kate suggested as she said: “William always worries about me meeting under one-year-olds.
“I come home saying ‘let’s have another one’.”
Another stop during the Duchess’ first day of the visit was at the Lego Foundation PlayLab at University College Copenhagen, where Kate could have a chat with students training to be early childhood professionals.
The Duchess joined in the playful spirit of the environment and whizzed down a winding tube slide despite wearing heels.
Joking with members of the press who were waiting to take pictures of her at the bottom of the slides, Kate said amid laughter: “You stood far enough away!
“In the spirit of where I am, I had to do it.”
This rare solo trip is particularly important for Kate as it marks the first time she takes the work of the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood to an international stage.
Kate has focused her interest on the early years for the past decade, working behind the scenes to deepen her knowledge on the topic and tying links with relevant charities and patronages.
In 2018, she created a steering group of experts to look at what could be done to make a positive difference to the lives of children, with a focus on the impact experiences made in the first five years of life can have on youngsters’ development.
In early 2020, she launched a nationwide survey on the early years, asking the country for their thoughts about the topic.
The results of this successful poll, combined with experts’ research and case studies, were unveiled at the Royal Foundation’s first online forum on early childhood.
Seven months later, in June, Kate launched her legacy-making project, the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, which aims at driving “awareness of and action on the extraordinary impact of the early years, in order to transform society for generations to come.”
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