The luckiest lad in Newcastle! The Duchess of Cambridge makes one little boy's dreams come true with a huge hug as she shows off another winning wardrobe choice
The royal visit is Kate’s first official trip to the North EastHusband William was paying his respects at the funeral of his former
nannyKate recycled a berry-coloured coat from last Christmas at SandringhamYoung fan Terry Campbell said she had very soft skin after his hug
14:03 GMT, 10 October 2012
AS prime minister, David Cameron famously tried – and failed – to ‘hug-a-hoodie’ in a desperate bid to connect with the country’s disaffected youth.
But while he fell miserably short of achieving his goal the Duchess of Cambridge took just seconds to embrace the next generation.
As she greeted crowds outside Newcastle’s Civic Centre she made her way along to a group of school children who had been waiting excitedly all morning for a glimpse of the Royal.
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Young Terry Campbell aged 10 from Morpeth Road Primary School in Blyth was the luckiest boy in Newcastle today after receiving a cuddle from the Duchess of Cambridge
The Duchess of Cambridge greeted crowds outside Newcastle’s Civic Centre
Among them was 10-year-old Terry Campbell who had vowed to get a hug from the Duchess – even maybe a kiss.
And he was far from disappointed when his moment arrived.
As the Duchess made her way along to the cheeky youngster he immediately held his arms out wide.
The Duchess then asked him: ‘Am I going to get a cuddle as well’
Without a seconds thought she leant forward over the steel barrier and embraced the schoolboy.
Among them was 10-year-old Terry Campbell who had vowed to get a hug from the Duchess
As the Duchess made her way along to the cheeky youngster he immediately held his arms out wide
Without a seconds thought she leant forward over the steel barrier and embraced the schoolboy
Terry, wearing his school uniform
under a green hoodie, went a brighter shade of red moments later and
appeared almost lost for words when asked what it had been like to hug a
‘It was good,’ he said, still
slightly stunned by his first encounter with royalty. ‘I was hoping to
get a hug from her when we came here this morning.
‘I never actually thought it would happen. I can’t believe she hugged me back.
‘She was everything I thought she would be. She was really nice.’
A school friend interrupted: ‘The one thing he really wanted though was a kiss.’
Unfortunately for Terry he missed out
on a kiss but the school pupil from Morpeth Road Primary School in
Blyth, Northumberland, is unlikely to ever forget the day he shared a
cuddle with the future Queen.
Kate chose a burgundy wool coat worn cinched in with large buckled belt and her favourite suede knee high boots for the visit to Newcastle
Schoolboy Terry appeared almost lost for words when asked what it had been like to hug a real-life princess.
'I was hoping to get a hug from her when we came here this morning,' Terry said
KATE RECYCLES ANOTHER WINTER WARMER
Another official engagement = another recycled dress coat for Kate, the queen of thrifty chic.
And this three-quarter length berry-coloured coat has special significance in the Duchess's wardrobe.
Kate chose the deep burgundy piece for her first Christmas day at Sandringham as wife of William, where she was spotted making another little boy's day as she left Sandringham Church after the traditional Christmas Day service last year.
The high-necked jacket was reported to be made by an independent British designer and Kate wore a hat in a matching wine coloured velvet by Jane Corbett, one of the Middleton family's favourite milliners.
Hat's a winner: Another happy young fan greets the Duchess on a sunny Christmas day in 2011
He was among 11 pupils from the school who were taken on the trip to Newcastle to see the Duchess.
His teacher Kim Ramsey, 32, said: ‘I never imagined when we set off this morning that terry would actually get a hug from Kate.
‘I don’t think there was much
planning that went into it. We asked the children to come up with a
question for her and he decided he was going to ask for a hug.
‘He’s such a cheeky little lad. He just said: ‘I’m going to stick my hands out and get a hug.’
‘I never thought she’d actually agree to it. It was a wonderful moment.’
The Duchess of Cambridge carried out a string of solo engagements in Newcastle without the Duke, who is attending the funeral of his former nanny
Speaking ahead of kate's visit the Lord Mayorof Newcastle, Councillor Jackie Slesenger said: 'This is indeed an honour for the whole city and it will give us an opportunity to showcase our talents in education, sport and science as well as our international work.'
The Duchess of Cambridge had been greeted with cheers by the people of Newcastle today as she began a string of engagements in the city without the Duke.
Prince William was attending the private funeral of his former
nanny while Kate visited the Newcastle Civic Centre.
Olga Powell died in September aged
82, cared for Wiliam and his brother Harry for most of their childhood, including the difficult period when their parents’ marriage was breaking up in the early 1990s.
The former royal nanny, who was in her 80s and lived in Broxbourne,
Hertfordshire, died last month after a heart attack. She had worked for
the Prince and Princess of Wales from the 1980s until the early 1990s.
A royal spokesman said: 'Given
the significant role that Mrs. Powell played in the Princes' lives, The
Duke (Prince William) wished to pay his respects in person.'
Kate looked relaxed and poised as she stepped from a chauffeur driven car and was greeted by the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Jackie Slesenger.
The royal visit is Kate’s first official trip to the North East, speaking ahead of the visit, the Lord Mayor said: 'This is indeed an honour for the whole city and it will give us an opportunity to showcase our talents in education, sport and science as well as our international work.'
The royal visit is Kate's first official trip to the North East
The Duchess’ first engagement was at Newcastle Civic Centre where a range of people including those who contributed to making the Olympic Games a success in Newcastle were waiting to meet her.
Kate took part in a ball throwing exercise with Richard Armstrong (L) and Michael Bell from Percy Hedley school
The Duchess’ first engagement was at Newcastle Civic Centre where a range of people – from those who contributed to making the Olympic Games a success in Newcastle to volunteers who help make the city centre a more welcoming place for people and businesses – were waiting to meet her.
Kate continued her visit to the North East by meeting community groups and school children in Elswick Park, Newcastle.
She was greeted by 200 children and members of the public who were waving flags and cheering.
Some of the children also passed her gifts, including flowers and jam.
Kate was shown around a community garden and helped plant some seeds before continuing through the park.
A plaque was then unveiled and a girl from a local school presented the Duchess with a bouquet of flowers.
The park is protected under the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, which seeks to protect and create hundreds of playing fields across the country.
The community garden was set up in 2009 to give girls and young women the chance to learn how to grow vegetables and plants.
The Duchess of Cambridge smiled as she arrived for a visit to a community garden project at Elswick Park in Newcastle
Kate met with royal fans – young and old – who had waited for hours for a glimpse of her
It was Kate's third official engagement in three days but the royal showed no signs of flagging as she smiled and chatted with the crowd
Prince William arrives at Parndon Wood Cemetery for the funeral of his nanny Olga Powell
VIDEO: The luckiest boy in Newcastle…a huge hug from Kate!