Kate Middleton swaps heels for wellies on special camping trip

Back to nature: Duchess Kate looked at ease during her visit to the campsite yesterday
Back to nature: Duchess Kate looked at ease during her visit to the campsite yesterday©Rex Features

Kate Middleton shunned designer gowns and sandals for wellies and jeans yesterday to enjoy a very special camping trip alongside children from an inner-city school.

The Duchess of Cambridge looked totally at ease as she mingled with the youngsters, who were taking part in an Expanding Horizons primary school scheme at Widehorizons' Margaret McMillan House in Wrotham, Kent.

The project, co-ordinated by ARK Schools, gives kids from inner-city backgrounds opportunities to explore the countryside, developing their confidence and teamwork skills in the process.

Kate was in her element, showing off her laidback and confident manner as she chatted away to the 28 pupils aged eight and nine, who attend ARK's King Solomon Academy Primary in London.

Asking the youngsters if they were scared that spiders might make their way into their tepee, the Duchess giggled when they replied that they were more worried about moles.

The 30-year-old beauty was also touched when Zahid Shanvere ushered her inside the tepee before him, telling the Duchess: “Ladies first," to which a clearly impressed Kate replied: “Such a gentleman. Thank you."

While there Kate got the chance to look around the tepees, watch the children build tents out of bits of wood and tarpaulin, make campfires, and find out about survival techniques.

The Duchess also got the chance to learn how to make dough sticks, trying one for herself, before enjoying lunch with the children in a nearby barn.

As ever the Duchess looked stunning, even though she was dressed much more casually than the public are used to seeing her.

Once again she displayed her love of mixing designer with high street, opting for blue Zara jeans and a green Zara jumper, which she combined with a Burberry blouse and Burberry wellies. The outfit was finished off with a Really Wild green leather waistcoat.

The Duchess’s flowing brunette locks were pulled up off her face with a black clip, in a half-up do which is becoming one of her trademark hairstyles.

The solo visit was just the latest Kate has made, proving the Duchess is more than settling into the way of life as a working Royal, following her marriage to Prince William last April.

It’s not the first– and certainly won't be the last time – we’ll see Kate get her hands dirty on camping trips, as the Duchess signed up to be a volunteer with the Scouts earlier this year.

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