7 Shots of Princess Kate Being Adorable with Kids

The Princess pays a surprise visit to the 23rd Poplar Beaver Scout Colony – and shows off her maternal instincts

01 of 07

THUMBS UP

THUMBS UP
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Are we good? Princess Kate spends time with the kids of east London's 23rd Poplar Beaver Scout Colony on Tuesday, helping them to complete the tasks needed to get a special disability awareness badge.

02 of 07

POUNDS & OUNCES

POUNDS & OUNCES
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One of the activities was trying to cut up and eat Mars bars using boxing gloves, to simulate the struggles of those with mobility or coordination problems. "She's naturally gifted with children. I think she had a great time," Beaver Scout Colony leader Carlos Lopez-Plandolit told reporters.

03 of 07

CHOP CHOP!

CHOP CHOP!
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Next up: Attempting to eat chocolate using chopsticks. "No pressure," Kate muttered to herself, as the cameras were trained on her. The mom-to-be regularly volunteered with scouts when living with Prince William in Anglesey, North Wales, and has made children's charities one of her focus areas since joining the royal family.

04 of 07

I SEE YOU!

I SEE YOU!
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They're two cute! Kate and scout Fynley Gooch, 7, attempt to decorate cakes while blindfolded. First it's Fynley's turn ...

05 of 07

NO PEEKING

NO PEEKING
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... and now Kate's! The Duchess does her best with a little help from her new pal. "It's the most exciting thing that happened to me in five years," Lopez-Plandolit said of Kate's visit. "Scout groups like the one that the Duchess is visiting this evening give young people access to some fantastic opportunities that they might not have access to otherwise."

06 of 07

FINISHING TOUCHES

FINISHING TOUCHES
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It's mission accomplished for Fynley and Kate, who share a sweet moment after finishing their task. Following the day's events, Kate handed out the scouts' disability awareness badges, congratulating each child on a job "well done." She also learned how to say the "scouts' promise" in sign language, and joined the kids in the farewell song "Goodnight Beavers."

07 of 07

GOING CASUAL

GOING CASUAL
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But what made Kate seem most down-to-earth during her visit? The fact that the young royal wore a hoodie (!) to Tuesday's event. However, her glossy blowout, tailored jeans and favorite black knee-high boots were still in place.

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