The Duchess of Cambridge has revealed that she keeps bees at her Norfolk home, offering schoolchildren a taste of honey they had produced in the last few days.
The Duchess was visiting the Natural History Museum to hear how its grounds are gradually being transformed into a five-acre "biodiversity hub".
She met schoolchildren from the local St Mary of the Angels Primary School in the museum’s wildlife garden and helped them make "spiders" from pine cones before joining them for an immersive storytelling walk.
Halfway around she asked the children if they knew where bees got their nectar from, before producing a pot of honey made by her own bees at Anmer Hall.
The Duchess of Cambridge joins schoolchildren during her visit to the Natural History Museum to learn about its Urban Nature Project
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“Would you like to try some?” she asked. “I’ve got one spoon each. This came specially from my beehive. See if it tastes the same as at home. Does it taste like honey from the shops? Does it taste like flowers?”
The Duchess asked the children if they knew how many species of bees there were in this country, telling them: “It’s 350, isn’t that amazing?”
She told them: "Every time you see a bee; say thank you so much because they make delicious honey."
The Duchess took the honey as a gift for the children because the importance of bees linked to the museum’s project about biodiversity.
She is thought to have chipped in with her family to buy her brother, James Middleton, 1,000 Buckfast bees as a birthday present when he turned 24.
Earlier, as the she helped make spiders, she told the children: “I’m going to call my spider cuddles.”
The Duchess of Cambridge is welcomed by museum director Dr Doug Gurr as she arrives for a visit to the Natural History Museum
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The Duchess, who has been patron of the museum since 2013, was met by director Dr Doug Gurr, who explained how the project was helping people to reconnect with the natural world and find the solutions urgently needed to protect the planet’s future.
The project will see the museum’s five-acre grounds transformed into a urban nature epicentre, with outdoor classrooms, a "living lab" and a weatherproof cast of the Museum’s famous diplodocus, Dippy.
The project aims to trigger a nationwide biodiversity movement. Led by the museum, this will see a coalition of partners deliver science and learning programmes for young people, schools and families across the country.