The royal mom shared the sweet tidbits during a visit to a mentoring program in London

By Simon Perry
Updated October 27, 2015 03:30 PM
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They’re an unmistakable (and unofficial) symbol of London, a favorite of tourists in Trafalgar Square and memorable costars in Mary Poppins – and now the city’s famous gray pigeons have a fan in Prince George.

Attending an event to help vulnerable children on Tuesday, Princess Kate shared the sweet tidbit about her 2-year-old son.

Speaking with 10-year-old Carl Goddard and his mentor Claire Butler from the early-intervention program Chance UK, Kate revealed that her recent dinosaur-hunting trip with George to London’s Natural History museum didn’t go exactly as planned.

“She said that George was more interested in a pigeon they found there rather than all the amazing exhibits,” Butler told reporters.

“I was a bit nervous [to meet her] but when I got my first word out it felt normal,” Carl said, adding, “I was telling [Kate] about what a good mentor should have. She should be empathetic so she can put herself into the child’s shoes and think about how they are feeling.”

Kate (in a grey rewear by Orla Kiely) also sat down with 8-year-old Faith Buchanan and her mentor Elizabeth Little. She was shown a picture Faith had drawn and cut out of a princess during a trip to the nearby Museum of Childhood.

To some amusement from Kate, Faith said, “On the back I’ve written about a princess.”

Elizabeth told reporters, “We pointed out one of the qualities is special powers and she said she wished she had special powers.”

“We were talking about insects and she said George likes them,” said Faith, with Elizabeth adding, “She said George’s favorite was the ladybird.” (That’s ladybug to us Americans.)

Chance UK began in Islington Town Hall 20 years ago and aims to intervene in the lives of primary school children with behavioral problems to offer them a brighter future.

It now helps around 200 children across London, pairing them up with volunteer mentors for one-to-one sessions.

Kate spent some time in a private meeting with Kessington Ladipo, 22, who participated in the program at age 11 and feels it had a profound impact on his life.

Later, as Kate watched, he made a moving speech about the charity. “I was on the verge of getting excluded and I would have not done my GCSE’s or gone to college and it would have been very easy for me to end up hanging around on the street and trying to get comfort from the wrong crowd,” he said afterward.

He praised Kate for taking a keen interest. “The fact the Duchess takes an interest in child intervention is really heartening.