Kate joins inner-city children on Gloucester farm visit

Duchess to join Michael Morpurgu in story-time session

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The Duchess of Cambridge will swap Kensington Palace for the great outdoors as she joins schoolchildren on a visit to a working farm.

Kate will visit Farms for City Children in Arlingham, Gloucester, where young people from inner cities can spend a week learning about farming, the countryside and food production in a practical, hands-on way.

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The Duchess will hear about the farm before joining a story-time session led by children's author Michael Morpurgo, who founded the charity with his wife Clare in 1976.

She will then join the children as they complete work around the farm yard, working in the allotments and tending to pigs, sheep and chickens, before a short tea party rounds the visit off.

The organisation, which now has three working farms, welcomes around 3,200 children and 400 teachers a year.

During a visit to Cornwall in September last year, Kate is said to have confided to a young farmer that she secretly wanted to give the vocation a go.

Bea Hodge, 15, from Wadebridge, said the Duchess had told her she was teaching her children George and Charlotte about the farm at Sandringham and that "she'd secretly like to be a young farmer".

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