By HELEN CARROLL and SARAH CHALMERS
On Kate: 'She was very nice and posh with a good voice and she smelled of raspberries... She said she liked cats and dogs and rabbits,' said Jaydn Proffitt, aged seven
Cambridge’s rapport with youngsters has earned her the nickname The Children’s Princess. Here, some of those who have been lucky enough to spend time with Kate talk about their encounters.
Jaydn Proffitt, seven, lives in Littlemore, Oxford, with mum Simone, 33, dad Mark, 43, a steamboat pilot, and siblings Amelia, 14, Amber, 11, and twin Taylor, seven. He met the Duchess in February when she visited his school, Rose Hill Primary in Oxford. Jaydn says:
We had a letter at school telling us Kate was coming and we were all very excited when she walked into our art class.
I thought she might have been wearing a crown. She wasn’t, but she still looked pretty. She was really tall and had very high heels on.
'I think Kate's very thin and very beautiful. She painted with us, she did a butterfly, and my little sister kept saying: 'Princess Kate! Princess Kate! I will paint for you',' said Tilly Jennings, aged six
My mum couldn’t have walked in them and she was taller than my dad. She was very nice and posh with a good voice and she smelled of raspberries.
I was painting when she arrived and she helped me put glitter on my picture. She was very good at it.
Everyone is talking about it at school and they are all jealous because they wanted to talk to her and I did.
We talked a bit about her wedding and other stuff. She said she liked cats and dogs and rabbits.
Then she said: ‘I’ll tell you a secret. My dog’s name is Lupo.’ Then she giggled.
I think she’d make a really cool teacher, but I wouldn’t want her job. There’s a lot of driving around and I get sick when I go in cars.
'Kate was even prettier than I thought, just like a princess. I felt shy when I found out I was going to meet her, but I wasn't shy when I saw her. She has a lovely smile,' said Bethany Woods, aged ten
Tilly Jennings, six, lives in Felixstowe, Suffolk, with mum Jeanette, 37, dad Richard, 41, a tug driver, and sisters Brooke, 12, and Marni, three. Tilly, who has a serious heart condition, met the Duchess at The Treehouse, part of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice Charity, of which Kate is patron, earlier this month. Tilly says:
I’m lucky because I got to give Kate a posy of flowers and say: ‘Welcome to our hospice.’
I think Kate’s very thin and very beautiful. She painted with us, she did a butterfly, and my little sister kept saying: ‘Princess Kate! Princess Kate! I will paint for you.’
Then she painted on her butterfly.
Kate laughed, but I didn’t want Marni to do that.
She told me she wished William was there. I would like to meet Prince William. Maybe she will bring him next time.
She asked if I was doing anything nice afterwards and I said I was going to the doctor’s because I’ve got a poorly toe.
She said: ‘I hope you’re feeling better soon.’ That was kind.
'I asked Kate about the wedding - girls like talking about those things - and told her it made everyone very happy,' said Fabian Bate, aged ten
Bethany Woods, ten, lives in Ipswich, Suffolk, with dad Kevin, 41, her full-time carer, and brother Ryan, 15. Bethany has muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair. She met the Duchess at The Treehouse earlier this month. Bethany says:
Kate was even prettier than I thought, just like a princess.
I felt shy when I found out I was going to meet her, but I wasn’t shy when I saw her. She has a lovely smile.
She said I have a pretty name, and I think she does, too. I sang her a song, Rainbow Connections. She said: ‘That was lovely. I will always remember it.’ That made me happy.
I gave Kate a bouquet of pink and white roses and she asked if pink was my favourite colour. She was right — it is!
My nails were painted blue to match my dress and Kate asked me who painted them. I told her it was my daddy. I bet she didn’t expect that.
Kate will be the Queen of England one day and I wonder if she will remember my song when she is.
On Kate: 'She's very pretty. We flipped pancakes together and I ate three. Syrup is my favourite thing to have on top, but we just had them plain,' said Ellie Tang, aged six
Fabian Bate, ten, lives in Surrey with mum Lydia, 50, dad Darrell, 49, a manager at Kingston College, sisters Ollie, 17, and Cassia, 12, and brother Ben, 15. Fabian, who has leukaemia and recently had a transplant with bone marrow donated by Cassia, met the Duchess last September at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Surrey. Fabian says:
My sisters came to hospital that day because they were excited to see Kate and William. It was funny when William put his arm around Ollie: it made her blush.
I asked Kate about the wedding — girls like talking about those things — and told her it made everyone very happy.
She promised to look at my blog Faith4Fabian and one day when we were getting ready to go to Legoland the postman knocked with a letter from her. She wrote that it was nice to meet me and she was keeping her fingers crossed. It was kind, but it made Mum cry a bit.
Big hugs: The Duchess of Cambridge at Alder Hey last month
Ellie Tang, six, lives in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, with mum Kathy, 33, a flight attendant, dad Raymond, 38, a restaurant owner and brother Caiden, four. Caiden is in remission from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Ellie met the Duchess last year when she visited the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children at Belfast City Hall. Ellie says:
The charity asked Mummy and me to represent them at a special event, but we didn’t know who we were going to meet. I couldn’t believe it was a real-life princess! She’s very pretty.
We flipped pancakes together and I ate three. Syrup is my favourite thing to have on top, but we just had them plain.
Later, I was on telly and even my cousins in Australia saw me. I have a scrapbook of pictures that Mummy keeps in her bedroom. For my birthday I got a princess dress and it is pink.