Duchess’s lessons for children of fire
THE Duchess of Kent has returned to teaching in an attempt to help children affected by the Grenfell Tower blaze.
Buckingham Palace revealed that the Duchess, 85, who asks her students to call her “Mrs Kent”, teaches music parttime at a primary school near where the tragedy occurred.
She retired from the profession some years ago but returned to the classroom after seeing the plight of the youngsters impacted by the fire.
As a schoolgirl, the Duchess – who prefers to be called Katharine Kent – learned how to play the piano, violin and organ.
She taught music for more than a decade at a school in Hull, but her real identity was never revealed so she could teach without distraction.
In 2011, during an interview on The Alan Titchmarsh Show, the Duchess told how she believes music helps children grow in “confidence and self-belief”.
Duchess of Kent is back teaching