The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Milton branch of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) yesterday. Kate sat with eight-year-old Willow Bamber, who suffers from a severe neurological condition called Leigh’s disease, during the art session.
At one point, the Duchess told the young girl “don’t be shy” as she painted her hand.
Royal author Angela Levin praised the future Queen Consort for the sweet gesture.
Ms Levin tweeted: “Heartbreaking to see such ill children but brilliant of Catherine let a little girl paint her hand.
“She’ll be thrilled for weeks.”
Other Twitter users agreed with Ms Levin, with one with the handle @MandyCaunt commenting: “No wonder Prince William loves her so much she’s just awesome.”
Another, Kitty O’Fay, said: “Catherine is so brilliant with children they are just drawing to her.
“The beautiful little girl will remember that forever bless her heart.”
A third, @LianeHawes, wrote: “Catherine is a brilliant addition to the Royal family, she brings a down to earth approach but with dignity and charm.
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A canvas full of handprints was laid out in front of Kate and Prince William during the art session.
Kate invited the youngster to paint her hand and rolled up her coat sleeve.
The Duchess encouraged the eight-year-old as she tentatively started prompting a delighted reaction.
Once her hand was completely covered in paint, Kate pressed it down on the canvas.
The mother-of-three was cheered as she lifted her hand up to reveal the print.
Kate, who has been patron of EACH for 10 years, and William met three families who make use of the charity’s services during the visit.
It was part of a day of engagements for the royal couple in Cambridgeshire during Children’s Hospice Week.