Prince George has some extra Christmas pudding while on an outing with grandma

By Phil Boucher and Simon Perry
Updated January 01, 2015 07:35 PM
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Little Prince George has been getting a taste of the country life.

The 17-month-old toddler’s grandmother, Carole Middleton, took him on an outing to a farmers’ market near her home in Bucklebury – and it wasn’t long before he sampled some of the goods on offer.

The fun family moment came as Carole, 59, pitched in to help with the childcare for pregnant Princess Kate, allowing nanny Maria Borrallo to have some time off.

Dressed in a little tweed jacket, George toured the stalls of organic vegetables and crafts and was “trying all the food,” a villager tells PEOPLE. He even “went back for a second helping of Christmas pudding from one of the stalls. It was wonderful for the girl who makes them. It will make her year won’t it?”

“It was just really, really sweet. He was just being like a normal toddler is, running around and exploring – he is such a sweetie. He’s lovely. A real bundle of fun,” the villager adds.

The hands-on grandmother is like “any other nan – real mother hen,” another source says. “She just keeps telling people ‘He’s gorgeous, isn’t he?’ like any other grandmother would say about their little one.”

The outing took place while Kate and husband William were visiting New York on official business. Since then, Kate’s mom has joined her daughter and William, both 32, for the holidays at their own country home, Anmer Hall, 160 miles away on the eastern side of the country.

With Kate, thankfully, over her severe pregnancy sickness and “back to her old self,” as a local puts it, the family is looking forward to the couple’s second child, due in April. And Carole and Michael Middleton are sure to pitch in and help out (and get in some precious baby and toddler time.)

“I’m sure she will be exactly the same with [baby] No. 2,” another villager says.

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