Kate’s unusual hobby impresses royal fans as Princess ‘keeps surprising us all’
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Kate, Princess of Wales recently gave royals fans a glimpse into one of her most unusual hobbies and they were quick to share their praise as well as their “surprise” that she is a beekeeper. Last Saturday, which was World Bee Day, Kate shared a picture of herself decked out in protective beekeeping gear tending one of the hives she keeps at Anmer Hall, the Norfolk home kept by her and Prince William as a country retreat.
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In a picture posted to social media Kate is shown wearing beige overalls and specialist headgear as well as large gloves as she is seen enjoying beekeeping.
A tweet shared alongside the photograph reads: “We are buzzing about #WorldBeeDay.
“Bees are a vital part of our ecosystem and today is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the essential role bees and other pollinators play in keeping people and the planet healthy.”
It is thought that her younger brother James Middleton is also a fan of beekeeping.
Royal fans shared their admiration for the Princess, with one commenting: “Absolutely brilliant!! The Princess of Wales is full of surprises!”
One asked: “Is there anything that this lady can’t do?” while another added: “HRH keeps surprising us all.”
At an engagement at the Natural History Museum in 2021 Kate brought jars of her homemade honey for some schoolchildren to try out.
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Speaking to the children on the visit she said: “Would you like to try some? I’ve got one spoon each. This came specially from my beehive.
“See if it tastes the same as at home. Does it taste like honey from the shops? Does it taste like flowers?”
Royal beekeepers John House and Caroline Geheran also shared a picture of themselves tending the hives at Buckingham Palace to mark World Bee Day.
Beekeeping is a popular hobby in the royal household, as Queen Camilla keeps her own hives at Raymill, her Wiltshire home 17 miles from the King’s beloved Highgrove.
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Earlier on Monday Kate was once again sharing the love of nature with schoolchildren as she made a surprise visit to the Chelsea Flower Show.
Wearing a pink dress, the Princess joined pupils from 10 different schools at the event’s first ever Children’s Picnic as they took patr in the RHS Campaign for School Gardening.
The picnic aims to bring gardening and nature into the lives of more children, a topic Kate has been passionate about for several years.
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