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Kate Middleton and William take turns driving tractor and meet lambs on visit to farm

Kate Middleton and Prince William took turns behind the wheel of a tractor as they visited a family run farm.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have today visited Manor Farm, a fifth-generation family-run mixed cattle, sheep and arable farm near Darlington, County Durham.

Kate was pictured getting instructions on how to drive the tractor and laughing as she stroked one of the lambs.

Two weeks of royal mourning for the Duke of Edinburgh ended on Friday for the Windsors and William and Kate were out of their black mourning outfits and dressed casually for the countryside.

Kate was in a Fair Isle style jumper, wax jacket, boots and skinny jeans, while William was in a padded coat, navy blue chinos, and sturdy boots.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet farming family, Clare Wise (left) her children Clover, 9, Penelope, 7, Wren, 4 and her husband Stewart Chapman and her parents

The Duchess of Cambridge on a tractor during the visit
The Duchess of Cambridge on a tractor during the visit

On their visit, two days ahead of their tenth wedding anniversary on April 29, the couple heard about the mental health impact of the Covid pandemic for farmers and the challenges of balancing home-schooling with farm work.

The royal couple were taken on a tour of the farm, including to the cattle, calving and lambing sheds, by owners Clare Wise and Stewart Chapman.

Clare and Stewart spoke about their particular focus on protecting the health and welfare of their livestock.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet farming family, Clare Wise (left) her children Clover, 9, Penelope, 7, Wren, 4 and her husband Stewart Chapman and her parents
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet farming family, Clare Wise (left) her children Clover, 9, Penelope, 7, Wren, 4 and her husband Stewart Chapman and her parents

Kate stroking a lamb at Manor Farm
Kate stroking a lamb at Manor Farm

They also discussed some of the tools used at the farm including grass monitoring, land rotation and feed sampling to improve productivity and ensure that they are able to give back to the environment and increase their sustainability.

Kate and William then joined a discussion with local farmers, who are supported by The National Farmers Union, about their experiences of the last year.

Farmer Stewart Chapman gives the Duchess of Cambridge instructions on how to drive a tractor
Farmer Stewart Chapman gives the Duchess of Cambridge instructions on how to drive a tractor

The Duchess playing with the lambs with Clover Chapman, 9
The Duchess playing with the lambs with Clover Chapman, 9

The discussions included the mental health impact of Covid-19 for farmers and the challenges of balancing home-schooling with farm work.

Ahead of the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow later this year, the group also spoke about the work that is being carried out across the industry to improve environmental impact and help deliver the UK’s commitment to ‘net zero’ carbon emissions.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk together during their visit to Manor Farm in Little Stainton
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk together during their visit to Manor Farm in Little Stainton

The BBC is to mark the 10th anniversary of Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton with a documentary featuring many people involved in their wedding.

Contributors will include former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, who married the pair, and then Prime Minister David Cameron plus members of the public who camped out to ensure they had the best view of the first kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

The hour-long Royal Wedding: A Day to Remember will air on April 30, a decade after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their vows on April 29 2011 at Westminster Abbey.



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