Prince Harry is greeted by school children taking part in a tree planting project

He’s weeks away from becoming a father and today Prince Harry had the chance to get in a bit of parenting practice as he bonded with youngsters on a visit to a school tree-planting project. 

Showing that he’s already a natural at the ‘active listening’ techinque, Harry was seen crouching down to a little girl’s eye level and leaning in as he shook her hand at St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School in Acton, west London

Year 5 pupils from the school are taking part in a tree-planting project in support of the Queen’s Commonweath Canopy initiative, together with the Woodland Trust.

During the visit Harry also stroked a fluffy white dog being held by one of the young boys, but reminded the pup who was boss by instructing it to be quiet with a waggle of the finger.

A little girl hand the Duke of Sussex a bunch of flowers and he shakes her hand during their meeting today. Prince Harry will plant his own tree with the Year 5 pupils at the school

A little girl hand the Duke of Sussex a bunch of flowers and he shakes her hand during their meeting today. Prince Harry will plant his own tree with the Year 5 pupils at the school

A little girl hand the Duke of Sussex a bunch of flowers and he shakes her hand during their meeting today. Prince Harry will plant his own tree with the Year 5 pupils at the school

The Prince pauses to stroke a teacher's dog, believed to be called Winnie, while visiting the schoolchildren in London this morning

The Prince pauses to stroke a teacher's dog, believed to be called Winnie, while visiting the schoolchildren in London this morning

The Prince pauses to stroke a teacher’s dog, believed to be called Winnie, while visiting the schoolchildren in London this morning

Prince Harry leans in close to the row of schoolchildren as they stand outside in London

Prince Harry leans in close to the row of schoolchildren as they stand outside in London

Prince Harry leans in close to the row of schoolchildren as they stand outside in London

Prince Harry met young pupils from the school, as well as teacher's pet Winnie

Prince Harry met young pupils from the school, as well as teacher's pet Winnie

Prince Harry met young pupils from the school, as well as teacher’s pet Winnie  

The Duke was snapped stroking Winnie, and seemed to be a natural with the dog, who is believed to belong to one of the teachers at the school

The Duke was snapped stroking Winnie, and seemed to be a natural with the dog, who is believed to belong to one of the teachers at the school

The Duke was snapped stroking Winnie, and seemed to be a natural with the dog, who is believed to belong to one of the teachers at the school 

Prince Harry held up a Union Flag as he grinned at some of the children who had crowded around to meet him

Prince Harry held up a Union Flag as he grinned at some of the children who had crowded around to meet him

Prince Harry held up a Union Flag as he grinned at some of the children who had crowded around to meet him 

The dog is believed to belong to one of the teachers at the primary school and is thought to be called Winnie.

She sat still for her meeting with the Prince this morning and seemed unfazed by all the extra attention.

Dozens of schoolchildren filled the playground for Prince Harry’s visit and some even waved coloured-in flags as teachers stood nearby.

The Duke of Sussex was handed two presents by the children during the visit, and he lifted one of the boxes to his ear before giving it a playful shake. 

Children handed Harry two presents and he lifted one to his ear before giving it a cheeky shake

Children handed Harry two presents and he lifted one to his ear before giving it a cheeky shake

Children handed Harry two presents and he lifted one to his ear before giving it a cheeky shake

The children could not hold back their smiles as Prince Harry knelt down to speak with them

The children could not hold back their smiles as Prince Harry knelt down to speak with them

The children could not hold back their smiles as Prince Harry knelt down to speak with them 

The Duke of Sussex told the white pup to be quiet as he stood up outside St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

The Duke of Sussex told the white pup to be quiet as he stood up outside St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

The Duke of Sussex told the white pup to be quiet as he stood up outside St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School

Pupils from the school presented the prince with a cross and a ribboned box, which had small fox cartoons on it

Pupils from the school presented the prince with a cross and a ribboned box, which had small fox cartoons on it

Pupils from the school presented the prince with a cross and a ribboned box, which had small fox cartoons on it

Prince Harry looked pleased to accept the gift from school pupils as he left St Vincent's school

Prince Harry looked pleased to accept the gift from school pupils as he left St Vincent's school

Prince Harry looked pleased to accept the gift from school pupils as he left St Vincent’s school 

Prince Harry seemed overjoyed and enthusiastic on his school visit, which comes weeks before he is due to become a father himself

Prince Harry seemed overjoyed and enthusiastic on his school visit, which comes weeks before he is due to become a father himself

Prince Harry seemed overjoyed and enthusiastic on his school visit, which comes weeks before he is due to become a father himself

The children from Year 5 will plant saplings in the school’s outdoor nature area today, and this will eventually become their own Forest School.  

His Royal Highness met the school’s Eco Ambassadors during his visit and even planted his own tree.

This will mark the achievements of the QCC and the Woodland Trust in providing 74,000 trees across the UK. 

He was pictured bending down and digging in his suit, before looking up and jokingly asking for help from the pupils and teachers. 

Prince Harry gave an encouraging thumbs up to the schoolchildren who will later plant trees

Prince Harry gave an encouraging thumbs up to the schoolchildren who will later plant trees

Prince Harry gave an encouraging thumbs up to the schoolchildren who will later plant trees

Other youngsters at the school waved coloured-in flags for the Prince during his visit

Other youngsters at the school waved coloured-in flags for the Prince during his visit

Other youngsters at the school waved coloured-in flags for the Prince during his visit

Children hold up their drawings to the Prince as interacted with them at St Vincent's school

Children hold up their drawings to the Prince as interacted with them at St Vincent's school

Children hold up their drawings to the Prince as interacted with them at St Vincent’s school

Prince Harry looked overjoyed as he met with crowds of children and teachers from St Vincent's school

Prince Harry looked overjoyed as he met with crowds of children and teachers from St Vincent's school

Prince Harry looked overjoyed as he met with crowds of children and teachers from St Vincent’s school

He grinned broadly and joked around with the pupils, and seemed in fantastic spirits ahead of becoming a father himself for the first time

He grinned broadly and joked around with the pupils, and seemed in fantastic spirits ahead of becoming a father himself for the first time

He grinned broadly and joked around with the pupils, and seemed in fantastic spirits ahead of becoming a father himself for the first time 

Prince Harry wore a smart navy jacket for the visit, and a crisp white shirt. His beaded bracelets were also on show

Prince Harry wore a smart navy jacket for the visit, and a crisp white shirt. His beaded bracelets were also on show

Prince Harry wore a smart navy jacket for the visit, and a crisp white shirt. His beaded bracelets were also on show  

The prince took a Union flag from one of the children as he departed from the school

The prince took a Union flag from one of the children as he departed from the school

The prince took a Union flag from one of the children as he departed from the school 

He seemed unsure about shaking one of the pupil's hands, as he jokingly pointed his finger at one of the young children

He seemed unsure about shaking one of the pupil's hands, as he jokingly pointed his finger at one of the young children

He seemed unsure about shaking one of the pupil’s hands, as he jokingly pointed his finger at one of the young children 

A royal handshake: As many of the pupils reached out for a handshake, Prince Harry shook the hand of one of the children at the event

A royal handshake: As many of the pupils reached out for a handshake, Prince Harry shook the hand of one of the children at the event

A royal handshake: As many of the pupils reached out for a handshake, Prince Harry shook the hand of one of the children at the event

The prince seemed in fantastic spirits as he joked with the children, waving and grinning at the crowds

The prince seemed in fantastic spirits as he joked with the children, waving and grinning at the crowds

The prince seemed in fantastic spirits as he joked with the children, waving and grinning at the crowds 

The QCC and the Woodland Trust, with funding from Sainsbury’s, last year launched two free plant-a-tree campaigns to highlight the importance of trees and woods and the impact they have on the environment. 

Members of the public could apply for packs containing native broadleaf trees. 

The Woodland Trust continues to offer free trees for schools and communities, and is providing St Vincent’s with 60 broadleaf trees.

It is hoped this will encourage and inspire children to learn about the importance of trees to their environment through positive outdoor experiences. 

The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative begun in 2015 as a network of forest conservation programmes throughout the 53 countries of the Commonwealth.

Harry, pictured giving a high five to Asher Charles-Bowen, will plant his own tree in the garden

Harry, pictured giving a high five to Asher Charles-Bowen, will plant his own tree in the garden

Harry, pictured giving a high five to Asher Charles-Bowen, will plant his own tree in the garden

The Duke of Sussex watched as schoolchildren planted a tree provided by the Woodland Trust

The Duke of Sussex watched as schoolchildren planted a tree provided by the Woodland Trust

The Duke of Sussex watched as schoolchildren planted a tree provided by the Woodland Trust

Harry rested his hands on his hips as he keenly listened to the children during the tree planting

Harry rested his hands on his hips as he keenly listened to the children during the tree planting

Harry rested his hands on his hips as he keenly listened to the children during the tree planting

The Prince was seen getting his hands dirty as he planted a cherry tree from the Woodlands Trust at St Vincent's Catholic Primary School in London

The Prince was seen getting his hands dirty as he planted a cherry tree from the Woodlands Trust at St Vincent's Catholic Primary School in London

The Prince was seen getting his hands dirty as he planted a cherry tree from the Woodlands Trust at St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School in London 

Prince Harry revealed a plaque commemorating his visit with the help of Asher Charles-Bowen, a pupil at the school

Prince Harry revealed a plaque commemorating his visit with the help of Asher Charles-Bowen, a pupil at the school

Prince Harry revealed a plaque commemorating his visit with the help of Asher Charles-Bowen, a pupil at the school 

After successfully planting the cherry tree, he was helped by Asher Charles-Bowen to unveil a plaque to commemorate his visit. 

Harry looked overjoyed as he met children after planting the cherry tree and was pictured waving and smiling with various pupils.

The prince, who is just weeks away from becoming a father for the first time, grinned broadly as he spoke to crowds of pupils and teachers.  

After planting the tree, Harry looked overjoyed to be spending time shaking hands with pupils and teachers

After planting the tree, Harry looked overjoyed to be spending time shaking hands with pupils and teachers

After planting the tree, Harry looked overjoyed to be spending time shaking hands with pupils and teachers 

The patient prince bent down to chat to 6 year old Stella at the school, and seemed to be listening attentively

The patient prince bent down to chat to 6 year old Stella at the school, and seemed to be listening attentively

The patient prince bent down to chat to 6 year old Stella at the school, and seemed to be listening attentively 

Prince Harry bent low to greet one of the children, who was looking after Winnie the dog

Prince Harry bent low to greet one of the children, who was looking after Winnie the dog

Prince Harry bent low to greet one of the children, who was looking after Winnie the dog 

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