'She likes rabbits, is good with glitter… and smells of raspberries': Children who have met her tell why they just LOVE Kate
08:56 GMT, 24 March 2012
She was welcomed into the Royal Family less than a year ago, but already, the Duchess of 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.
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
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.
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.
'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
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.
'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
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.
'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
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.
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
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.
On Kate: 'I said: 'I hear you've got a dog, what's its name' She told me he was a cocker spaniel and whispered that his name was Lupo. Then she giggled because it was a secret,' said Elliot Casey, aged 12
Elliot Casey, 12, lives in Birkenhead with his mother Lisa, 46, and father, Greg, 46, a catering supplier, and sisters India, 17, and Hermione, six. He is being treated for a brain tumour at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool and met the Duchess in February. Elliot says:
Kate asked all about me, my treatment, how I was coping and if I liked the staff. She also asked what football team I support and when I said Liverpool she seemed pretty pleased, so maybe she’s a Liverpool supporter.
Then I said: ‘I hear you’ve got a dog, what’s its name’ She told me he was a cocker spaniel and whispered that his name was Lupo. Then she giggled because it was a secret.
I didn’t tell anyone until it came out a week or two later when she told another child at another school.
Even my mum didn’t know, because she wasn’t sitting close enough to hear. And I didn’t tell my headmaster when he come to visit me either!
All the doctors were trying to get it out of me. I said it was a royal secret!
'I'd seen a picture of Kate, but I prefer girls with blonde hair. But it was Valentines Day when I met her, so I made her a card and gave her a cupcake and red roses,' said Jaqson Johnston-Lynch, aged eight
Jaqson Johnston-Lynch, eight, lives in Liverpool with mum Jacquie, 49, and dad Chase, 46, a teacher. Jaqson met the Duchess, who is patron of Action On Addiction, in February when she visited Brink, an alcohol-free bar in Liverpool. Jaqson says:
I’d seen a picture of Kate, but I prefer girls with blonde hair. But it was Valentine’s Day when I met her, so I made her a card and gave her a cupcake and red roses.
The card said: ‘Dear Kate, I love you, from Jaqson.’ I do love her. She’s friendly. She has a big smile.
I said I was sorry Prince William wasn’t there and she asked if I knew where he was. I said: ‘I’ve got no idea.’ Kate burst out laughing, then she told me he was in the Falklands, which is a long way away.
I hope he’s not jealous of me for giving her a Valentine’s card.
On Kate: 'She asked me if I'd had my treatment, but I didn't want to talk about that, so I let Mummy tell her. I liked her hair – it's very long and a bit curly,' said Paige Hearn, aged four
Paige Hearn, four, lives in Warrington, Cheshire, with mum Claire, 25. Paige met the Duchess last month at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, where she’s been having chemotherapy for leukaemia. Paige says:
I gave Kate a photo of me watching her and William get married on TV.
She said: ‘Are you sure I can keep it’ But I wanted her to take it home to her castle. I made her lots of things, a card and a crown, and I drew a picture of Kate and Prince William. She said she would show it to him. I hope she remembers.
She asked me if I’d had my treatment, but I didn’t want to talk about that, so I let Mummy tell her. I liked her hair — it’s very long and a bit curly.
When the princess was going, I said ‘I have to do a curtsy,’ because I’d been practicing. But then I was shy, so I made Mummy do a curtsy, too.
Big hugs: The Duchess of Cambridge at Alder Hey last month