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Wed. Oct 27th, 2021

KATE Middleton was a barrel of laughter as she brainstormed ways to save the planet with school children she met in London today.

She and Prince William visited Kew Gardens in an effort to inspire students to come up with bold new ideas to save the planet.

Kate Middleton laughed with children she met in London today

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Kate Middleton laughed with children she met in London todayCredit: PA
The Duchess of Cambridge spent time brainstorming how we can save the planet

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The Duchess of Cambridge spent time brainstorming how we can save the planetCredit: PA
Prince William held a figure as he sat chatting with children

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Prince William held a figure as he sat chatting with childrenCredit: PA

Kate looked amazingly green as she shook hands with young people and teachers.

And she appeared in high spirits as she sat discussing the environment with young people from The Heathland School in Hounslow.

The Duchess of Cambridge dusted off an emerald Erdem coat that was last worn in 2016 for the outing.

She paired it with a short-sleeved green sweater and black pants with wide legs.

William wore a navy blue suit and light blue shirt to the event, but left a formal tie at home.

The royals were joined by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, TV presenter and explorer Steve Backshall and double Olympic rowing champion Helen Glover today.

School children from The Heathland School in Hounslow participate in the afternoon in a number of challenges together with the seniors.

The event is part of Generation Earthshot, Williams’ eco-initiative.

He said today: “Education is such an important part of protecting our planet – we must in the next generation inspire optimism, confidence and enthusiasm to pursue these solutions and continue to build a more sustainable future.”

The visit comes in the middle of a big week for Cambridges.

Both William and Kate expected at the Earthshot Prize ceremony at Alexandra Palace later this week, which will be broadcast to a global audience via the BBC and Discovery +.

The award is a £ 50 million fund to develop ideas to tackle global warming.

It has been called the ‘Nobel Prize for the Environment’ – and William says it is “the most ambitious environmental prize in history”.

‘ENVIRONMENTAL NOBLE PRIZE’

The finalists include a 14-year-old inventor from India working to improve air quality throughout India and Costa Rica for a groundbreaking plan to restore the rainforest.

William first dreamed up the idea during a trip to Nairobi in 2018 – and decided to launch the award after being “horrified by the cliff edge, scientists predicted, yet determined not to give up”.

The prince said he was inspired by the work done by his father Charles and his grandfather Philip.

“In their footsteps, I have seen people all over the world face what seem like insurmountable challenges, yet come together with collective ambition and a can-do spirit to find solutions to them,” he said.

Philip, who died earlier this year, was a passionate conservationist.

He served as President of WWF-UK between 1961 and 1982, and was President Emeritus of WWF International until his death.

During his time fighting for environmental issues for charity, he visited more than 50 countries to promote their work.

ROYAL NATURE LOVERS

Meanwhile, Charles is a well-known conservationist – and revealed this week that his Aston Martin DB6 Volante, which he has owned since 1970, runs on environmentally friendly by-products of wine and cheese.

Richard Attenborough is among those contributing to the Earthshot scheme.

The National Treasure wrote parts of Williams’ new book Earthshot: How To Save The Planet.

The 95-year-old said, “Nature can recover — sometimes with our help and sometimes just by being alone.”

William and Kate are known for sharing their love of nature with their three children.

In August, Princess Charlotte was photographed by her mother gently rocking a red admiral in her hands as she attended the Big Butterfly Count in Norfolk.

Kate and Wills meet local school children visiting Kew Gardens this afternoon

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Kate and Wills meet local school children visiting Kew Gardens this afternoonCredit: PA
The royals are promoting William's Earthshot initiative

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The royals are promoting William’s Earthshot initiativeCredit: PA
Wills was seen listening attentively as he talked to school children

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Wills was seen listening attentively as he talked to school children
Kate Middleton stunned in gray as she returns to school on a visit to University College

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