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Kate Middleton: “Sweet” Prince William “Spoils Me”

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge interacts with schoolchildren at an 'Expanding Horizons' Primary School camp on June 17, 2012 in Wrotham, England.

Even when she’s roughing it in the woods, Kate Middleton still manages to look effortlessly chic.

Bonding with 28 eight- and nine-year-olds from the King Solomon Academy Primary School, based in North Westminster, London Sunday, the Duchess of Cambridge rocked a $500 pair of leather-lined Le Chameau wellington boots, Zara jeans, a Burberry shirt and a Really Wild sleeveless jacket to tour a campground in Kent.

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Visiting an Expanding Horizons primary school scheme at the Widehorizons Margaret McMillan House in Wrotham, Kent, Middleton, 30, marveled at the tipi tents the inner-city kids had created. “This is marvelous,” she told the children. “Thank you for showing me your bedroom.”

Later, Prince William‘s wife chatted with the schoolchildren around a campfire, and offered them a glimpse into her home life with her husband of one year. “Well, it’s been very busy and great fun…but I am very well looked after,” she said when asked how she’s adjusted to her new status as a royal.

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Kate taking part in various outdoor activities at the Widehorizons Margaret McMillan House in Kent.

As for married life behind closed doors? “William is very sweet and kind of spoils me,” she told another child.

Prince William and his brother Harry have long supported ARK Schools, the group which organized the weekend, which is aimed at allowing inner-city kids the chance to develop their confidence and teamwork skills in an outdoor setting.

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Showing off her keen maternal instincts with the schoolchildren, Middleton and her husband hope to conceive their own child before next summer.

“There’s a window in place,” a royal insider confirms in the new Us Weekly, out now. Hoping to get pregnant between the last leg of their royal tour in September 2012 and summer 2013, the couple would love to make a New Year’s announcement.

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Once Middleton hits the three-month mark in her pregnancy, “the pregnancy will be announced,” says the insider. “It won’t be hidden.”

For much, much more on William and Kate’s private world — their daily routines, her hair maintenance, whether Kate pays for her own clothes, William’s romantic gestures — pick up the new Us Weekly, out now!

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