Pregnant Kate Middleton Plays the Ukelele on Private Visit to Children’s Hospital: Details!

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Pregnant Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton strummed away on the ukelele while visiting Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School on Feb. 10 Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Kate Middleton hit the right note in more ways than one when she visited a children's hospital in Beckenham, Kent, on Tuesday, Feb. 10. Fresh from her recent holiday in Mustique, the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge took a private trip to Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School, where she bonded with kids and staff — and showed off a surprising musical talent.

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The 33-year-old royal spent 90 minutes meeting with patients and employees at the hospital. At one point, she met with a young boy who taught her to play a few chords on the ukelele.

"She kept up with them," headteacher John Ivens said of the Duchess' strumming. "There's a career there."

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Kensington Palace tells Us Weekly that the visit was arranged through Place2Be, a UK-based charity that focuses on mental health issues by providing emotional and therapeutic support in schools. Middleton has been a patron of the organization since 2013. 

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According to the Palace, Prince William's wife — who is due to give birth to their second child this spring — learned about Bethlem and Maudsley during the Place 2 Reflect conference in 2014. Ivens spoke at the conference last June.

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Per the Bethlem and Maudsley website, the school provides guidance and education for patients at Bethlem Royal Hospital and Maudsley Hospital, both of which treat mental health issues.

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