The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge kicked off their latest royal engagement in Scotland with a visit to a primary school where Kate’s maternal instincts stole the show.
The royal couple stopped off at St. John’s Primary School where students observe infants in order to gain a greater understanding of empathy through the Roots of Empathy program. The groundbreaking initiative involves a local parent and their baby visiting school classrooms, in this case, “tiny teacher” Saul was on hand to teach kids about empathy and emotions.
Prince William and Kate joined students as they sang nursery rhymes and it wasn’t long before Kate had little Saul wrapped up in her arms as they read through a book together.
“Can you get my wife out of here before she gets broody?” William joked.
Saul’s mother Laura Molloy told reporters that she “could tell how motherly she (Kate) is”.
“She also loved Saul too and held him for a moment in her arms and said she loves this baby stage,” Molloy said.
It’s not the first time Kate’s broodiness has shone through during a royal engagement. During a visit to the University of Copenhagen as part of a solo tour of Denmark on February 22, the Duchess met with parents and their babies.
“It makes me very broody,” Kate admitted.
“William always worries about me meeting under one-year-olds. I come home saying, ‘Let’s have another one’.”
It’s been a busy few days for the Cambridges after the royal couple attended a moving memorial service for the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing on Tuesday, May 10, where Prince William paid tribute to the victims while opening up about his own grief.
“As someone who lives with his own grief, I also know that what often matters most to the bereaved is that those we have lost are not forgotten,” William said.
“There is comfort in remembering. In acknowledging that, while taken horribly soon, they lived. They changed our lives. They were loved, and they are loved.
“It is why memorials such as the Glade of Light are so important. Why Catherine and I so wanted to be amongst you today.”
William also attended the State Opening of Parliament alongside his father, on the Queen’s behalf. William acted as a Counsellor of State, one of only four senior members of the Royal family who is permitted to carry out duties on behalf of the Queen in her absence.
Prince Charles delivered the Queen’s speech for the first time, which sets outs the government’s agenda for the year ahead after the Queen “reluctantly” withdrew from the ceremony due to “mobility issues”.