The Duchess of Cambridge deployed her parenting skills after surprising a group of beaver scouts on Tuesday

By Tara Fowler
Updated December 17, 2014 12:30 PM
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Princess Kate put her considerable parenting skills to use while meeting a young Beaver Scout colony on Tuesday.

The Duchess of Cambridge, casually clad in a black hoodie and jeans, surprised a group of Beavers and, naturally, chaos ensued. But the pregnant princess kept her cool and calmed the young’uns down.

“You can tell she is a parent,” Steve Judge, a triathlete and Scout volunteer, tells PEOPLE. “You work out what you can do and can’t do and what works. She knows what works.”

He adds: “You can’t tell kids to do something, you have to coax them into it. She was very understanding. She got down at their level and made very good eye contact.”

But there was one moment that proved to be nerve-wracking: When Kate was asked to recite the Beaver Promise – in sign language.

“The Duchess had been shown it but it was only for 10 minutes,” Judge says. “So to suddenly have to do it in front of everybody with the press taking pictures. … She could easily have not done it, but she did try.”

“It was really good that she was willing because all the Beavers were doing it and she joined in as well,” he says. “10 out of 10 for that. Standing next to her and struggling as she was struggling, you feel a connection with her that she’s just a normal person, she’s no superhero.”

And when it came time to hand out badges, Kate made sure to give each Scout personal attention.

“She didn’t just get on with it, she talked to every single Beaver,” Judge says. “She saw this was an opportunity to actually speak to them. It was really good to see that side of her.”

It’s just another sign of Kate’s magic with children.

Reporting by SIMON PERRY

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