Kate, who made an official visit to Basildon Sporting Village in Essex on Tuesday with
When Janet Emery gave the Duchess a hug at the event celebrating Kate and William’s Royal Foundation’s Coach Core project, she could be heard telling her: ‘Thank you very much, hugs are very important, I keep saying that to my children.’
Tuesday’s outing was one of Kate’s first since her return to official duties following a six month maternity leave, after giving birth to her third child, Louis, in April.
‘Hugs are very important’: The Duchess of Cambridge, 36, cuddles young wellwishers as she arrives at Basildon Sporting Centre on Tuesday for an official visit with Prince William
Now mother-of-three Kate is seen with William and their two eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, at Trooping the Colour in June 2017
The Duchess has a keen interest in the early-years development of children, and her first engagement following her return to work was a visit to Sayers Croft Forest School in Paddington, London, where she spent an afternoon chatting and laughing with little ones.
Ms Emery, 58, who also hugged the Duke, is a client of Sport for Confidence, a partner organisation of Coach Core which provides sporting activities for people with learning difficulties, mental health problems and physical disabilities to boost their life skills.
The Duchess made plenty of time for cuddles herself at Tuesday’s engagement, one of her first official outings since returning from maternity leave after having Prince Louis in April
The Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to Coach Core Essex in Basildon with Prince William on Tuesday, where she told one wellwisher how important hugs are, adding, ‘I keep saying that to my children’
During the visit, the Duchess showed off her tennis skills, while the duke tried his hand at javelin practice when they met young trainee coaches who have enrolled in the Coach Core project which uses sport to empower those not in education or employment.
Through training, the initiative aims to create the next generation of sports coaches who will themselves go on to inspire their communities.
Kate, a keen tennis fan, joined a session introducing primary school children to the game, supervised by Coach Core trainee Joe Turner and a colleague.
She joined a game of three against three and the players took it in turns to hit a large foam ball over the net.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were out to support their Royal Foundation’s Coach Core project at Basildon Sporting Centre on Tuesday
Mother-of-three Kate, who is patron of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, showed off her own skills with a racket at the event on Tuesday
The duchess, who is patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and a regular at the Wimbledon tennis championship, tried to rally her team but they lost.
Mr Turner praised Kate’s ability with a tennis racket and her coaching skills, saying: ‘She was very good, she was encouraging her team throughout and was showing them how to hit the ball – she’s trying to take our jobs.’
While Kate played tennis, William joined a group of youngsters learning the basics of javelin throwing using a large foam dart.
Mum Kate revealed she showers Prince George and Princess Charlotte – and their baby brother Louis – with cuddles at the event on Tuesday
Later, the couple saw Sport for Confidence staff putting groups through their paces as their clients played Boccia, a game similar to bowls.
The duke and duchess were in opposing teams and joined in the banter with their fellow players as the match progressed – with William even getting a round of applause when he hit the target ball.
William and Kate are famed for their sporting rivalry but honours were even as the match ended one game apiece.