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Duchess Kate introduces herself to young boy as 'Catherine'

December 17, 2014
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The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, showed a down-to-earth attitude when she introduced herself to a young boy as "Catherine". The pregnant royal was visiting an East London Scout group on Tuesday evening, when she surprised a group of children by turning up to one of their sessions. "Oh my God, it's Princess Kate!" cried out one boy as she made her entrance. The future Queen, who was dressed casually in a black hoodie and skinny jeans, was asked by another younger child, "What's your name?" when she came and sat next to him.

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The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, introduced herself as 'Catherine' to the kids

"My name's Catherine. Very nice to meet you," said the Duchess. Prince William often refers to his wife as "Catherine" when speaking about her in public, reflecting the couple's very modern approach to royal life. Kate, who is expecting her and William's second baby in April of next year, looked to having a particularly wonderful time with the group of youngsters. She helped the young Beavers and Scouts earn their special disability awareness badge, by taking part in a set of activities.

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Duchess Kate helped a young boy ice a cake while blindfolded 

In a bid to help them empathise with people who have disabilities, Kate got stuck into the tasks, which included cutting up a chocolate bar while wearing boxing gloves and helping ice a cupcake while blindfolded. Prince George's mum helped one little boy Fynley Gooch decorate his cake, after which the six-year-old returned the favour and lent a helping hand to Kate. At another table the royal was tasked with eating pieces of chocolate with chopsticks, to which Kate joked, "No pressure," as the cameras were trained on her.

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Duchess Kate was helping the children achieve their disability awareness badge

After the workshop, the Duchess happily handed out the badges to the successful group of children and finished her visit by learning the Scout Promise in sign language. "I promise to do my best, to be kind and helpful and to love my world," she signed along with the kids, before singing along to their farewell song "Goodnight Beavers". Kate became a regular volunteer with the Scouts in January 2013 and helps out at various, but not all, sessions due to her other work and charity commitments.

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