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Catherine promotes #5BigQuestions in Northern Ireland and Scotland

Catherine Middleton with Kids at a farm
The Duchess of Cambridge played with animals and children during her visit to Ark Open Farm. Photo: Getty Images

The Duchess of Cambridge made two surprise visits in Northern Ireland and Scotland to promote her 5 Big Questions Survey on early years. The survey is available to anyone age sixteen and older that lives in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland and can be taken here.

Her first visit was to the Ark Open Farm where she played with Children and Animals while talking to parents about the survey. Catherine showed off her love of animals when she fed a baby lamb, played with some hamsters and fearlessly handled a snake. The Duchess spoke with children while handling the animals, encouraging them and asking about their favorite animals.

Kate Middleton with an Alpaca
Catherine met an Alpaca during her visit to a farm in Northern Ireland. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty

The Duchess was caught on film by some fans talking about how much George and Charlotte would have loved to come and see all the animals at the farm and play with all of the kids there. She was also heard discussing the 5 Big Questions survey with a few parents and she remarked how interesting all of the different perspectives were on the subject and how important it was to get as many perspectives as possible.

Catherine continued on to visit Social Bites in Aberdeen Scotland which aims to end homelessness. The charity employs and offers aid to those struggling with or affected by homelessness and has grown to include six locations since 2012. The Duchess helped out in the kitchen before she sat down with staff, volunteers and customers.

Kate Middleton speak with people affected by homelessness in Scotland
The Duchess spoke with staff, volunteers and customers at Social Bites in Aberdeen Scotland. Photo: PA

They spoke about the importance of early years and how the experiences children have in their first years can have a longstanding impact on the rest of their lives. Providing children with the very best possible start in life helps to ensure they have the emotional tools and practical skills needed to become capable and well adjusted adults.

The Duchess had previously visited Wales and England to promote the survey which is open until 21st February. Friday marks the beginning of half term for Prince George and Princess Charlotte so the Duke and Duchess will likely be taking a break from Royal duties during the school holiday, as they have done in the past. xx

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