When the Duchess of Cambridge, 31, learned via a letter to her office that one of her biggest fans, Isabella Clarkson, missed her appearance in the young girl's hometown of Grimsby because of bad weather, Kate felt so bad that she wrote back to express her appreciation.
Isabella, a student at Old Clee Academy and her siblings, Alice, 8, and Reuben, 4, had all set out to see the pregnant royal, who drew thousands of well-wishers for a March 5 visit to their town. But Kate's helicopter was late because of thick fog, putting her an hour and a half behind, the Grimsby Telegraph reported.
While all the students at Old Clee were taken to one of the tour sites for the visit, they were also let down after waiting in freezing weather for a glimpse of Kate. Many had brought gifts and flowers, but Isabella was only able to catch a glimpse of Kate's hand waving as her car passed.
"I'd spent ages making a glittery banner to hold the night before, but I don't think she saw it," said a dejected Isabella. "I wrote a letter to her afterwards saying how disappointed we all were not to get to meet her – and then we got a reply."
So excited was Isabella's mother, Jackie, that she brought the letter from St. James Palace to Isabella's school where her teacher read it out loud. The note said Kate "immensely touched" Isabella took the time to write. A photo of Kate was also included as a memento.
Isabella said she plans to frame the letter and keep it, noting that Kate is honoring her late mother-in-law with her generosity. "I think Kate is doing all the good work that Princess Diana did and she seems very generous," Isabella told the Telegraph.
Added Isabella's mother, Jackie, who was the one who had encouraged her daughter to write: "I knew she would get a reply and that it would cheer her up. It's a lovely thing for her to keep and look back on in the future, especially as Kate will be Queen one day."