In her role as a senior member of the royal family, Kate Middleton gets to try lots of new experiences. But some, as the Duchess of Cambridge's most recent trip indicates, are possibly less fun than others. See these new pictures of the royal holding a snake for reference.
On Wednesday this week (12 February), Kate travelled to Northern Ireland to visit Ark Open Farm as part of the promotion of her early years survey, '5 Big Questions on the Under Fives'. While she was there, the Duchess was given a tour which involved getting... well, involved with some of the animals.
In a series of photographs from the official engagement, Kate can be seen with a snake slithering up her arm, as one of the farm's animal handlers controls it. And her face is a picture; glancing tentatively down at the creature, the mum-of-three looks unsure, before visibly trying to squeeze out a grin.
Not a fan of snakes then, Kate?
To be fair, we can feel her pain.
No. She is just not sure about that snake.
Luckily, it wasn't all doom and gloom for the Duchess at the farm. In later pictures, she looks absolutely beaming as she meets a friendly Alpaca. Who, as it goes, looks like he's had some sort of bold fringe cut in. Maybe he knew he was about to be in the presence of royalty...
Wednesday's trip won't be the only visit Kate Middleton makes to Ireland this year, it seems. Kensington Palace announced that she and husband Prince William would be travelling to the Republic of Ireland between 3-5 March at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It's not been confirmed quite yet exactly what will be on the agenda, but maybe they'll keep up the animal theme and meet the President of Ireland, Michael Higgins, along with his two massive dogs, Bród and Síoda, just like Meghan and Harry did in 2018:
Endless photo opportunities as a royal.
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