‘Kids absolutely love her!’ Royal fans gush over the adorable moment a girl, 2, ran into the Princess of Wales’ arms to give her a cuddle during a visit to Swansea
- Princess of Wales, 40, got very warm welcome at St Thomas Church in Swansea
- Two-year-old Charlotte Bunting ran into the royal’s arms to give her a hug
- The cheeky toddler then immediately ran to her mother to be picked up
Royal fans gushed over the adorable bond the Princess of Wales shares with children after a sweet interaction with a two-year-old girl during a visit to Swansea yesterday.
Charlotte Bunting, two, was filmed running into the Princess of Wales’ arms to give her a cuddle and present her with flowers outside St Thomas Church.
Cheeky Charlotte, who wore traditional Welsh dress, stayed by the Prince and Princess’ side during their visit, and enchanted them with her antics as they put baby clothes and toys into a donation basket.
Dressed in a Welsh national costume, the toddler was seen tottering into Kate Middleton’s open arms to give her flowers and a hug her goodbye, in a video which was shared on Twitter
Charlotte Bunting, two, tugged at the Princess of Wales ‘s motherly heartstrings at St Thomas Church, in Swansea, where she was greeted by royal fans
One royal fan tweeted: ‘Proud to have them as our Prince and Princess. Beautiful picture. Kids absolutely love Catherine. Love that the little one has her traditional Welsh costume on. Still have mine from when I was a baby them hats were a nightmare though.’
Another posted: ‘A gorgeous moment from a clearly caring woman.’
In the video, Charlotte could be seen launching towards the Princess of Wales at an unsteady pace before landing into her open arms and giving her a hug.
However, the buzz surrounding Kate and Prince William’s visit to the church proved too much for the young girl, who immediately turned around and ran to her mother while Kate laughed.
Royal fans who caught the moment were charmed by Charlotte’s cheeky side, saying and the Princess of Wales’ caring nature
Charlotte royally stood out during the Prince and Princess of Wales’ visit, and remained at their side while they chatted to her parents, taking a particular shine to the Princess.
The cheeky toddler took out a pair of blue knitted booties Kate had been looking at and handed them to her, and then proceeded to lift up her feet and show the royal visitor her own adorable white Converse shoes.
‘The Princess is such a tender hearted, intelligent, and beautiful woman. She has the ability to walk into any environment with poise and grace. The UK is blessed to have her,’ one royal fan tweeted.
Schoolchildren and members of the church waited to greet the Princess of Wales during her visit. Charlotte (left, in traditional Welsh dress) was waiting for her moment
As the Prince and Princess of Wales approached, Charlotte began to ran towards Kate with the flowers in her outstretched arms
After giving the Princess of Wales her flowers and a hug, cheeky Charlotte ran back to her mother’s arms
She then took out a plastic feeding bottle and gave it Kate, who hunkered down on her heels, laughing.
William came up to join them and Charlotte picked up the booties again and waved them at the prince. ‘Those are very sweet, tiny feet!’ he declared.
The couple were in Swansea as part of their first official Royal tour of Wales since receiving their titles and were in Anglesey, where they lived 11 years ago, this morning.
As the couple chatted to Rachel, Charlotte’s mother, the little girl showed them a rattle and then picked out a blue bottle of shampoo and offered it up to the princess.
Kate, like any good mother, quickly took off the lid and opened it up to have a smell, offering Charlotte a sniff too.
Kate beamed as she waved goodbye to Charlotte after the royals visit to the community church
Charlotte also gave Kate a gift of a snowman knitted teddy bear before she left the church with William
Charlotte donned a traditional red dress which she paired with a black bonnet and white Converse
Charlotte gave Kate a sweet welcoming embrace as Prince William looked on as they arrived at the church
‘She’s going to get all the tours out now. Very sweet,’ William, told her mother. ‘That’s quite possibly the sweetest outfit I have ever seen.’
At the end of the visit, however, Charlotte got one more chance to meet her heroine, giving Kate a posy of flowers and suddenly flinging her arms around her for a hug when the Princess bent down to take them.
Charlotte’s father the Reverent Steven Bunting is vicar at St Thomas’s Church which has been transformed into a thriving community hub for the city.
It now boasts a food bank that supports more than 200 people, Swansea Baby Basics, which distributes essential items for vulnerable mothers including toiletries and clothes, facilities for the homeless including food, showers and toilets, a not-for-profit cafe and a community training kitchen and a surplus food distribution network.
Rev Bunting was recently given an MBE by Prince Charles, as he was then, for the work he has done.
Kate admired the toddlers traditional dress as she greeted Charlotte and her mother inside the church
Centre volunteers and Charlotte met the Prince and Princess of Wales as they visit St Thomas Church
The Princess of Wales was spotted chatting to Charlotte Bunting, who donned a traditional Welsh dress, as they put baby clothes and toys into a donation basket
The former Prince of Wales had been due to visit the church in February but was forced to cancel his visit because of bad weather. The new prince and princess were shown a plaque that had been made to mark his visit, as well as one of their own, and given gifts to take home to the now king.
As the couple arrived the church bells rang out ‘God Save The King’, only marginally louder than the shouts and cheers that greeted them.
Inside they met a small line-up of dignitaries, William telling them: ‘I’ve been brushing up on my Welsh. All the little snippets, I’ve got to remember them.’
They were entertained by the St Thomas’ School Choir, who had also practiced for the king’s earlier aborted visit, with the princess telling them: ‘It’s a great place to sing, isn’t it? The acoustics are incredible. I’ll have to tell him what beautiful voices you’ve got so maybe he can come and hear you another time.’
Kate Middleton helped an adorable two-year-old pack a donation basket for The Baby Basics bank on Tuesday alongside her husband Prince William at St Thomas Church, in Swansea, Wales
The royal knelt down to the speak to the toddler as they packed baby shoes into the donation basket
The couple popped in to meet some children learning about baking in a small church kitchen. ‘That looks amazing,’ said William. ‘What do you like cooking at home. Cookies, that always goes down well. I do a good breakfast, sausage, bacon and eggs.’
While the prince went to chat with food bank volunteers and help back a bag with essentials, Kate went to the Baby Basics section.
Her little friend Charlotte was there with her mother, Kate telling her: ‘I have a Charlotte too. My Charlotte is at school with George and Louis and her friends. Do you go to school?’
Later the couple went upstairs to meet long-standing members of the church’s congregation.
In a hilarious exchange, William told one group that he had just met a woman in Anglesey who apparently used to give him his tea when he was on the train travelling up there, supposedly incognito.
He said, laughing and with a mock groan: ‘She said “I served you your tea a few times when you were on the Holyhead service”. I used to sit in the corner with my baseball cap on trying to be discreet. And she would come up and say “like a cup of tea sir?”’
Kate animatedly chatted with a group of elderly worshippers, telling them: ‘What’s so wonderful about this place is that there is such a good mixture of young and old. It’s extraordinary. You have 90-year-olds as well as youngsters. It’s a real family organisation.
‘We need places like this to bring people together, places where people can come and engage. It’s what we need post Covid and with the cost of living crisis. Lots of people are too scared to come an engage so it’s wonderful that you go out to see them too.
‘Places like this are so needed. They bring people together, help them to connect, it’s what we have missed since Covid. All gathering together under one roof. We all could do with a church like this where we live. I must come to a service once day. It’s so remarkable here.’
William praised Rev Bunting for the work he had done building it into a community hub, saying: ‘He’s doing an amazing job. I know I’m going to embarrass him here. It’s so important to have a local leader to rally round, leadership in the community is the answer. Round the country, if every community had someone like Steven…’
Outside the church a huge crowd had gathered to meet the couple, many bringing hastily bough flowers to give to the new Welsh princess.
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