Kate Middleton Teaches the Importance of Kindness Amid Pandemic in Virtual School Assembly

June 19, 2020

Kate Middleton is a princess, a mother, and now, a teacher.

The Duchess of Cambridge assumed the role temporarily to lead a virtual school assembly on kindness in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Today, I wanted to talk to you about the importance of being kind and looking after one other," Kate said, kicking off the lesson for the Oak National Academy, a teacher-created online learning platform aimed at providing resources during the lockdown.

"We all have our ups and downs especially when things change in our lives as they have in so many ways recently,” she said acknowledging that with current-events comes a “huge range” of emotions as we’re unable to go to school or see our friends and family.

"It's been a really difficult time for us all," she pointed out, before encouraging students to be vocal about their feelings and experiences.

"But it's important to know that these feelings and frustrations are totally normal, and that they won't last forever. Talking to someone, whether it's a friend, family member or teacher, is something you can do to make yourself feel that little bit better,” she said emphasizing the importance of mental well-being.

Kate then highlighted that small acts of kindness are crucial, stating, "And you can also play your part in helping others to feel better too — whether offering a friendly ear or helping someone in need.”

The pupils shared some of their acts of kindness with the 38-year-old via a Zoom call.

Eight-year-old Olivia Jackson revealed she built a cake with a center filled with Smarties for healthcare workers, which Kate called “ingenious.”

When Kate asked how the gesture made Olivia feel, she said she was “really proud.”

Other students shared their moments of kindness including sharing, tidying up after yourself, and treating others the way they want to be treated.

The students also showed off some artwork about kindness they produced for Princess Kate's "Hold Still" photography project.

"It was really lovely to hear some of the ways in which you’re all being kind to each other,” Kate concluded. "Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. Look after yourselves. Reach out when you need help, and do your part to support those in need.”

The following day, the Duchess made her first post-COVID appearance to Fakenham Garden Centre, a family-run business in Norfolk, England, where she learned about the safety measures implemented to keep staff and customers safe, per "Entertainment Tonight."

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