STARSTRUCK youngsters at a Henley school were left reeling after a very royal appointment.
The Duchess of Cambridge surprised pupils from Henley Montessori Primary when she arrived during a day out at the Birmingham science museum Thinktank.
HRH was invited to the museum, along with the class, to explore the ‘MiniBrum’ exhibition – a child-sized city for youngsters under-eight.
The visit formed part of the launch of Catherine’s online poll ‘The 5 Big Questions’ to help children in their early years to build resilience and prepare them for future challenges.
The survey follows eight years of work and research and aims to spark a conversation on early childhood, giving the nation an opportunity to have their say on raising the future of the country.
The youngsters, who were part of the MiniBrum project, lead the duchess around and pointed out their favourite parts of the mini-metropolis and a pint-sized museum they had curated themselves.
Honorary tour guide Daisy said: “When I first met Her Royal Highness I was starstruck. One of the first things she said to me was ‘What did you get your green Blue Peter badge for?’ I felt delighted that she noticed my badge. My friend Shubs and I showed the duchess around.
“We started at the workshop where we raced cars. Then we went to the cafe where the Duchess pretended to eat a croissant. After that we went to our mini-museum. In the mini-museum the duchess had an opportunity to talk to all of us. She was lovely, I felt that the whole experience for me was amazing. It would be great to meet her again!”
Catherine chatted to the children and referred to her own youngsters. She told the class Princess Charlotte would like the sparkly African-Caribbean culture celebration dress and her son Louis would love the boots. Her youngest George, she told them, would have enjoyed the more grisly sight of a rattle snake jaw.
The MiniBrum gallery opened last year to introduce children to the roles science and engineering play in everyday city life.
The event was Catherine’s first stop on a 24-hour tour of the country to raise awareness of her survey.
Visit www.5bigquestions.org.uk for more information.