Duchess of Cambridge reveals they're keeping chickens as pets - which they hatched from eggs

·Royal Correspondent
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Watch: Kate and US First Lady visit school as G7 summit begins

The Duchess of Cambridge has revealed her family now has pet chickens, which they hatched from eggs.

Kate was overheard chatting to Dr Jill Biden as the two women toured a school in Cornwall, helping pupils there give the school rabbits their lunch of carrots.

Dr Biden asked the royal if they had any pets, and as well as mentioning their two dogs, Kate said they had chickens, adding the extra detail that they had hatched them themselves.

The chickens live at Anmer Hall, Prince William and Kate's Norfolk home, which they were given when they married in 2011 as a wedding gift from the Queen.

Kate has previously said her children collect eggs from the chickens in the mornings when they are staying there.

The family lived there for some time when George, their oldest, was small, and he went to nursery in Norfolk.

HAYLE, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 11: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) and U.S. First Lady Dr Jill Biden, carrying carrots for the school rabbit, Storm, during a visit to Connor Downs Academy, during the G7 summit in Cornwall on June 11, 2021 in Hayle, west Cornwall, England. (Photo by Aaron Chown/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Kate with Dr Biden, carrying carrots for the school rabbit, Storm, during a visit to Connor Downs Academy. (Aaron Chown/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
HAYLE, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 11: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and U.S. First Lady Dr Jill Biden (R) speak with the schools Reception Class and meet the school rabbit Storm, during a visit to Connor Downs Academy, during the G7 summit in Cornwall on June 11, 2021 in Hayle, west Cornwall, England. (Photo by Aaron Chown/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The two women spoke to pupils who were feeding the school rabbits. (Aaron Chown/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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However, they moved back to London ahead of Charlotte, their second born, starting nursery, and as they began to ramp up their royal engagements.

Shared pets might give the Cambridges and the Sussexes another chance to bond as they seek to heal the rift between William and his brother Harry.

Harry and Meghan took Oprah Winfrey to their chicken coop in California when they filmed their interview with the TV host, and Meghan told her she enjoyed being able to "live authentically" there.

Meghan's author biography in her new book, The Bench, includes that she lives with a brood of rescue chickens, and eagle eyed Winfrey interview watchers spotted that the hen house had been called Archie's Chick Inn.

Kate was with Dr Biden in Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, as a side event during the G7 summit.

The two women toured the school, meeting children aged four and five as they took part in Maths and English lessons, and then helping them feed the school rabbits.

HAYLE, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 11: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talks with children in the schools Reception Class during a visit to Connor Downs Academy, during the G7 summit in Cornwall on June 11, 2021 in Hayle, west Cornwall, England. (Photo by Aaron Chown/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The duchess with children in the school's Reception Class during a visit to Connor Downs Academy. (Aaron Chown/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
HAYLE, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 11: U.S. First Lady Dr Jill Biden (L) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talk with children in the schools Reception Class during a visit to Connor Downs Academy, during the G7 summit in Cornwall on June 11, 2021 in Hayle, west Cornwall, England. (Photo by Aaron Chown/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Kate and Dr Biden looked at ease with each other and the children in the school's Reception Class. (Aaron Chown/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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They then took part in a round table discussion on the importance of EarlyYears development, a key part of the duchess's royal work. 

Kate said it was a "huge honour to welcome Dr Biden" as she opened the round table.

Dr Biden was full of praise for the duchess, saying: "Thank you for this programme today, thank you to the academy, I met some wonderful teachers and principals and the children, who are so inspiring and so well-behaved - I can't get over it."

At the end of the roundtable event, a broadcast journalist from the US asked Kate if she had any wishes for her new niece, Lilibet Diana, who was born on 4 June.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge later shared this photo as the two women sat down for a one on one chat. (Kensington Palace)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge later shared this photo as the two women sat down for a one on one chat. (Kensington Palace)

Kate smiled and replied: "I wish her all the very best. I can’t wait to meet her because we haven’t met her yet, so hopefully that will be soon."

She was also asked if she had spoken with the family: "Have you FaceTimed with her?"

Kate replied: "No, I haven’t."

The duchess told the first lady of her passion for the Early Years work, saying she hoped the two nations could work together and share information.

Asked how important the first years of a child's life were, Dr Biden said: "Very important. It’s the foundation of everything.

"This is amazing to see what these children are doing and how far advanced they are at four and five years old."

US First Lady Jill Biden (L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge take part in a round table discussion during her visit to Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall on the sidelines of the G7 summit on June 11, 2021. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / various sources / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
Dr Biden and Kate finished off the visit with a round table with experts on the Early Years. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a round table discussion during her visit to Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall on the sidelines of the G7 summit on June 11, 2021. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Kate during the round table discussion on her visit to the school in Hayle, Cornwall. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)

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Kate and Dr Biden appeared at ease with each other during the visit, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge later shared more pictures of a one on one conversation they had.

Dr Biden was full of praise for the duchess, saying: "Thank you for this programme today, thank you to the academy, I met some wonderful teachers and principals and the children, who are so inspiring and so well-behaved - I can't get over it."

Kate said, "It was great to host Dr. Jill Biden and experts from the UK and the United States for a discussion on the importance of early childhood on lifelong outcomes, and how we can work together to make a difference.

"The importance of providing support for parents and children alike during early childhood, and the positive impact that this can have across society, is something we share a great passion for."

Her official social media account also announced, "Next week, The Duchess is looking forward to sharing a major announcement about how she is working to elevate the importance of early childhood and continue the conversation on this vital issue."

Replying on Twitter, Dr Biden said: "We could have kept going for hours! Thank you for having me today to talk about an issue we both care deeply about, and one that is critical to the future of both our countries."

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