Duchess of Cambridge sees children build camp

BBC's Sangita Myska said the Duchess appeared to be at ease with the children

The Duchess of Cambridge had joined children from inner-city backgrounds at an outdoor residential course in Wrotham, Kent.

Pupils from ARK's King Solomon Academy Primary in north Westminster, London, are taking part in the course at Widehorizons' Margaret McMillan House.

The duchess saw their activities, such as building a shelter and a camp fire.

Children on the course, aged eight and nine, are also learning to cook outdoors.

The Expanding Horizons Scheme enables schools in deprived areas to lead their own trips at low cost, a Clarence House spokeswoman said.

"King Solomon Academy Primary is based in an area of high deprivation," said the spokeswoman.

"More than 70% of children under 15 in the ward in which the school is located live in workless households.

"This is the school's first residential trip and for almost all the pupils it will be the first time they have seen the countryside or stayed away from home."

The duchess chatted to Zahid Shanvere, eight, and Faith Kalala, nine, who showed her the teepees where they had all slept on Saturday night.

She asked whether the children had been scared that a spider might come into the teepee but Zahid said that he was more worried that a mole might have made its way inside.

Niall Leyden, head of the centre, said it was the second royal visit to the facility.

He said the first was when the centre was opened in 1936 by the then Duke of York, later King George VI.

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