'Cheeky' boy gets his wish ... a hug from Duchess Kate
Terry Campbell had his plan all set for the Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Newcastle Upon Tyne. Get close to the rail, catch her eye, then fling out his arms. There was no way she was going to miss those red-and-white striped knit gloves and bright green hoodie.
As Kate made her way along the route lined with schoolchildren on Wednesday, 10-year-old Terry seized his moment and stretched out his arms.
"Am I going to get a cuddle as well?" she asked, before bending down to embrace the youngster.
"It was good," Terry told the Telegraph later. "I was hoping to get a hug from her when we came here this morning. I never actually thought it would happen. I can't believe she hugged me back.
"She was everything I thought she would be. She was really nice."
Terry was one of 11 schoolchildren who accompanied their teacher Kim Ramsey from Blyth, about 22 kilometres away, to see the Duchess.
"We asked the children to come up with a question for her and he decided he was going to ask for a hug," Ramsey said. "He’s such a cheeky little lad. He just said: ‘I’m going to stick my hands out and get a hug.'"
While it was a moment to remember for Terry, a schoolmate couldn't help take the excitement down a notch: "The one thing he really wanted, though, was a kiss."
Kate, wearing the same burgundy coat she wore Christmas Day, was doing a solo day of touring, while Prince William attended the funeral of his former nanny, Olga Powell. She greeted Olympic Games volunteers at Newcastle Civic Centre, then went on a tour of a park to plant some seeds.
Her visit to northeast England also included trips to several charities, including Action on Addiction.
Kate smiles and gestures to the crowds in Newcastle Upon Tyne Wednesday. She wore the same coat (minus the belt) by an unnamed designer for her Christmas Day walk at Sandringham last year.
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Keyfund Office, a charity that encourages young people to reach their full potential in life by investing in their ideas, on Wednesday in Gateshead. (Getty Images)
Girls school pays tribute to Queen
sculpture was designed by Caroline Basra, a 15-year-old student at Windsor
Girls' School, as her entry in a Windsor and Eton Society competition to
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