Exclaiming at the mess they’d managed to make in the planting process, the Duchess told stories of her own kids. She shared how George, six, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two, are currently having a rather competitive sunflower growing competition.
“Louis is winning, so George is a little grumpy about that,” she told onlookers with a smile.
Given the main purpose of a children’s hospice, to bring comfort to terminally ill children, the occasion could have been sad. But Kate bought light relief to some patients for the day, including six-year-old Sonny Pope-Saunders, who suffers from a rare brain tumour.
Sonny’s mum Kelly said of her day with the Duchess: “I felt quite at ease as she’s so down to earth. The kids really loved doing the gardening and planting with her. We’ve had a really lovely day here.”
Tracy Rennie of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices also enjoyed the day. She said: “Many people are put off coming to hospices as they worry it’s a place to die. Actually, it’s a place for support, fun and laughter.”
As ever, it’s been a busy week for the Royal family. The visit came the same week as Prince Charles got a payrise and Prince Harry shared an unseen photo of his house. Plus, Megan has reportedly signed with the Obama’s public speaking agency.
This article originally appeared on marie claire U.K.