From creating a woodland garden to helping a Scout troupe construct a shelter, the Duchess of Cambridge has proven she isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty over the years, and Catherine took things one step further on Tuesday as she tried her hand at sheep shearing.
The mother-of-three stepped out in the Lake District with her husband Prince William this week, where the royal couple helped a farmer remove the coat from two of his Herdwick and Swaledale sheep.
Catherine dressed casually in a pair of black skinny jeans, walking boots and a practical khaki jacket for the occasion, as the royal pair battled the rain in Cumbria. She wore her long brown locks tied back in an elaborate pony tail and kept her make-up to a minimum, sticking to neutral tones.
The duchess could be seen laughing apprehensively as she took the clippers to the farm animal as it kicked its legs in a bid to escape her hold, in video footage shared by Kensington Palace on their official social media accounts.
But the cool duchess continued with the task at hand, under the watchful eye of farmers Chris Brown and his son Jimmy in Lake Ullswater, and successfully sheared her very first sheep.
The Duke and Duchess Of Cambridge join in sheep shearing at Deepdale Hall Farm, where the Brown family have been farming in the valley near Lake Ullswater since the 1950s.
The Browns are proud of their hillfarming heritage and are keen to carry on farming in a traditional way. pic.twitter.com/7E2m09sFI1
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 11, 2019
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also spent time learning how to dry stone wall at Deepdale Hall Farm, as well as joining the family as they herded their flock of sheep.
Catherine and William were not joined by their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis for the occasion, however the duchess did tell locals about the kids’ love for the picturesque area in the north west of England.
“She said that it was raining a lot and was a long way from their home in Norfolk, but they love it here,” schoolboy Jack Mumberson, 11, told Hello! magazine:
“She said that her children love coming here and walking in the fells. She told us how nice the Lake District was and how lucky we were to live so close to the mountains.”
🍃 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined @CumbriaWildlifeTrust and children from Patterdale School for an environmental educational session on the Ullswater Way. The shore of Ullswater inspired the poet William Wordsworth for his poem, I wandered lonely as a cloud: For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils. Cumbria is home to the English #LakeDistrict, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017, and to England’s largest lake — Windermere — and highest mountain — Scafell Pike. Tourism is key to the economy in Cumbria, with millions visiting every year. @CumbriaWildlifeTrust #Cumbria #Ullswater
The engagement is a far cry from the duke and duchess’ most recent outings, as the couple both stepped out at the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony which took place in London on Saturday.
Catherine looked incredible for the special occasion, which is held in honour of Her Majesty the Queen’s official birthday as monarch and features military displays, including a flypast by the RAF.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis join The Queen and Members of @TheRoyalFamily to watch the @RoyalAirForceUK @RAFRedArrows fly past over Buckingham Palace, following Trooping the Colour, The Queen’s Birthday Parade. Trooping the Colour has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for over 260 years. Over 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians come together each June in a great display of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare to mark The Queen's official birthday.📷PA @TheRoyalFamily #TroopingtheColour #BuckinghamPalace #QBP2019
However all eyes were on 13-month-old Prince Louis, who made his debut on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for his great-grandmother’s birthday, even treating fans to a royal wave.