Kate toured the gallery for two hours, appearing in a dalmatian mac by Hobbs London

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KATE MIDDLETON expressed her shock as she was forced to look at a ‘dead’ body, an unearthed account shows.

Kate and her husband Prince William, both 39, recently spent the Bank Holiday weekend with the Queen, according to a royal expert. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reportedly made the trip up to the monarch’s Balmoral estate in Scotland. William, Kate and their children, George, eight, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three, were said to have gone walking, fishing, horse-riding and cycling.

Vanity Fair’s Royal Correspondent Katie Nicholl wrote that the visit marked the first time the family had all been together on a trip since the death of Prince Philip in April.

She quoted a source as saying: “They always enjoy going up to Balmoral, they love the outdoors and walking in the hills and spending quality time with family.

“It’s where William spent a lot of his childhood and it’s important to him that his children experience what he did as a young boy.”

As well as going on royal breaks, Kate is well-accustomed to the public duties of being a member of the Firm.

Kate Middleton’s horror at seeing ‘dead body’: ‘Oh my goodness, what’s that?’

Kate Middleton’s horror at seeing ‘dead body’: ‘Oh my goodness, what’s that?’ (Image: GETTY)

Shock: Kate encounters 'dead' body in art gallery

Shock: Kate encounters ‘dead’ body in art gallery (Image: GETTY)

Since tying the knot with William in 2011, she has gone on a string of royal tours with her husband around the world.

However, a throwback visit to the Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate in 2015 also reveals how the Duchess was able to cope with a shocking situation.

While heavily pregnant with Princess Charlotte, Kate came across a ‘dead’ body during her tour of the gallery.

As the Duchess viewed the piece she could be heard exclaiming: “Oh my goodness, what’s that?!”

Family: Kate, William, George, Charlotte and Louis

Family: Kate, William, George, Charlotte and Louis (Image: GETTY)

“Self Portrait as a Drowned Man” is the work of local artist Jeremy Millar, who made the realistic corpse from silicone.

Kate toured the gallery for two hours, appearing in a dalmatian mac by Hobbs London, which she also wore during her pregnancy with Prince George.

The Duchess also spoke to artist Gavin Turk about his piece, “Portrait of Something That I’ll Never Really See.”

But Kate, whose brother James was growing a beard at the time, appeared more intrigued by the artist’s facial hair.

Kate: Does art project with children

Kate: Does art project with children (Image: GETTY)

Mr Turk said: “She immediately asked me about my beard and said that she was a bit concerned as her brother was growing one.

“She asked me how much care I needed to take of it and whether I had to oil it. She seemed quite fascinated.”

Kate viewed artworks that were part of the “Self: Image and Identity” exhibition, which also included a self-portrait by Sir Anthony Van Dyck.

There was also a naked photo of the artist Tracey Emin, who grew up in Margate, and a nude of artistic duo, Gilbert & George.

Kate: With William at World Cup Final at Wembley

Kate: With William at World Cup Final at Wembley (Image: GETTY)

The Turner Gallery opened in 2011 to celebrate the landscape artist JMW Turner, who was inspired on his visits to Margate.

After visiting the main gallery space Kate was on more familiar ground as she took part in an engagement with primary school children.

She took part in a group art project with the students in the gallery’s Clore Learning Studio.

SOURCE:  EXPRESS CO UK

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