William and Kate giggle as Duchess shears sheep during hands-on Cumbria trip

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THE Duchess of Cambridge was all smiles and giggles as she helped a Cumbrian farmer shear sheep during an action-packed visit up north with husband Prince William today.

Kate Middleton and Prince William arrive in Keswick

Kate, 37, delighted royal fans by getting stuck in helping the Brown family tend to their flock at Deepdale Hall Farm in Patterdale. The Duke of Cambridge, 36, also got in on some of the action by helping his wife repair a dry stone wall on the estate. He was also seen shearing some of the family’s flock during the fun trip.

The couple, who have three children – George, five Charlotte, four, and one-year-old Louis – also joined the Cumbria Wildlife Trust on a nature walk.

The visit was a busy day of engagements that also saw the couple meet the locals and sample some of the produce on offer in the region.

One well-wisher said of the duchess: “She said that it was raining a lot and was a long way from their home in Norfolk, but they love it here.”

Kate has a history with the area.

Kate delighted royal fans by getting stuck in helping the Brown family Image GETTY
Kate delighted royal fans by getting stuck in helping the Brown family Image GETTY

Kate, 37, delighted royal fans by getting stuck in helping the Brown family (Image: GETTY)

She wrote in a note for her Chelsea Flower Show entry that as a child she used to go “boulder hopping” in Cumbria.

Jack Mumberson, 11, got chatting to the royal during today’s visit.

He said: “She said that her children love coming here and walking in the fells.

“She told us how nice the Lake District was and how lucky we were to live so close to the mountains.”

Kate was all smiles and giggles as she helped a Cumbrian farmer Image GETTY
Kate was all smiles and giggles as she helped a Cumbrian farmer Image GETTY

Kate was all smiles and giggles as she helped a Cumbrian farmer (Image: GETTY)

Niamh Edmondson, nine, spoke to William.

She said: “He asked me if I play any sports and I said football. I said midfield and sometimes upfront and he said you need to do a lot of running around in the midfield.”

The couple’s visit comes days after they attended the Trooping the Colour event in honour of the 93rd birthday of the Queen, William’s grandmother.

Kate wore a stunning yellow dress and matching floral hat while William was dressed in his military gear.

Niamh Edmondson nine spoke to William Image GETTY
Niamh Edmondson nine spoke to William Image GETTY

Niamh Edmondson, nine, spoke to William (Image: GETTY)

But it was Prince Louis who stole the show.

The tot wore the exact same outfit as his uncle, Prince Harry, in the same event 33 years ago.

Pictures from the event in 1986 show two-year-old Prince Harry being held by Princess Anne, dressed in the same blue shorts and white shirt.

This nod to Prince Harry comes four years after Prince George wore the same blue outfit his father Prince William had worn at Trooping the Colour in 1984. Kate held an excited Louis and wore a pastel yellow dress by one of her favourite designers, Alexander McQueen, and her matching hat was designed by Philip Treacy.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK