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Beaming Kate is right on cue for a hug at children's charity

By Johanna Carr

The Duchess of Cambridge showed off her "dreadful" pool-playing skills during a light-hearted moment after a morning talking to children and young people with complex mental health needs.

Kate was welcomed to MIST in Torfaen, South Wales, a child and adolescent mental health project, by service user Craig Davies (15), who also became her team-mate in the impromptu game of pool.

Unfortunately for Craig, the Duchess missed her shot.

Craig said he was initially nervous about meeting Kate, but his nerves soon disappeared, especially after chatting with her about Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

He said they also discussed their pets including Kate's dog Lupo and hamster Marvin and his Jack Russell dog Wilf.

He said: "She was talking about how MIST helps us with life and school. She was really interested in what we were talking about."

Asked what he thought of Kate's pool skills, he pulled a face and said: "She was dreadful."

MIST has been running for 12 years, working with you ng people and their carers or birth families to address mental health needs.

The engagement was her first with Action for Children since becoming the charity's patron in December, following on from the Queen.

The Duchess sat with some of the youngsters before being presented with flowers.

Kate told them: "Both George and Charlotte would have loved to have met you."

She then gave them a hug before leaving.

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