Duchess shares in­sights into Roy­als’ fam­ily life

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THE DUCHESS of Cam­bridge gave an in­sight into how her husband coped as a new fa­ther when she met a sin­gle dad at a care cen­tre for ex­pec­tant and new par­ents.

Kate met fa­ther Billy, 39, who is rais­ing his seven-month-old daugh­ter Vi­o­let alone, dur­ing a visit to Hornsey Road Chil­dren’s Cen­tre in north London.

The Duchess, who is preg­nant with her third child, de­scribed how Wil­liam had felt he did not know what ex­actly to do when he first be­came a fa­ther.

Fam­ily Ac­tion, a char­ity of which the Queen is pa­tron, is among the or­gan­i­sa­tions pro­vid­ing ser­vices at the care fa­cil­ity, in­clud­ing vi­tal care and men­tal health sup­port for par­ents. Speak­ing af­ter meet­ing Kate, Billy said: “She was say­ing Wil­liam was sort of sim­i­lar and I just wanted to let her know how Fam­ily Ac­tion have been there for me and I think they need more sup­port.”

The London hub is used by par­ents to pro­vide sup­port rang­ing from com­pany for par­ents to ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren.

The Duchess had ear­lier met with moth­ers and their young chil­dren while they were at play, bond­ing with one over their sons’ shared love of air­craft.

Mother-of-two Michelle said her son Ja­cob, four, was fond of planes – while Prince Ge­orge was a fan of he­li­copters. “She was ask­ing about what Ja­cob liked and he said he liked aero­planes and she was ask­ing if he’d seen a Spit­fire and we said we liked go­ing to the Sci­ence Mu­seum and RAF Mu­seum. She was say­ing how Ge­orge likes he­li­copters, she was say­ing about the top floor of the Sci­ence Mu­seum where the he­li­copters are.”

Kate has, in the past, de­scribed her life as mother as a “re­ward­ing and won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence”, but ad­mit­ted that it had been a “huge chal­lenge” at times that has left her feel­ing a “lack of con­fi­dence”.

Mean­while, guns thun­dered over York to mark Prince Charles’ 69th birth­day. The 21-gun salute at York’s Mu­seum Gar­dens was hosted by 4th In­fantry Brigade and HQ North East.

The Band of The King’s Di­vi­sion, led by Ma­jor Ste­wart Hal­l­i­day, per­formed a march­ing dis­play through the city be­fore the shots were fired at noon.

York is the only Salut­ing Sta­tion in the North of Eng­land, and was given the hon­our to com­mem­o­rate the 1,900th an­niver­sary of the city in 1971.

See Satur­day’s The York­shire Post for a pic­ture special mark­ing the Queen and Prince Philip’s 70 years of mar­riage.

She was say­ing how Ge­orge likes he­li­copters. Mother-of-two Michelle, who met the Duchess at a chil­dren’s cen­tre.

PIC­TURES: RICHARD POHLE/THE TIMES/PA/GARY LONG­BOT­TOM.

SMILES: The Duchess of Cam­bridge talks to par­ents dur­ing her visit to Hornsey Road Chil­dren’s Cen­tre in north London; right, the Lord Lieu­tenant for South York­shire Andrew Coombe in­spects the troops in the 4th In­fantry Brigade fol­low­ing the 21-gun salute to mark the Prince of Wales’ birth­day.

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