Kate Visits Primary School in Manchester, Receives Gift for Dog, Lupo
04/23/2013 AT 10:15 AM EDT
As Kate was heralded by hundreds of excited children celebrating St. George's Day, she was presented with a basket of goodies for the royal pup.
Among those greeting her at Manchester's Willows Primary School on Tuesday was student Chloe Pomret, 10, who joined the school's "executive dog," a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Henry, to present the expectant mother with roses and gifts for Lupo.
"Henry, you have gone to so much trouble," Kate, 31, said with a laugh, upon greeting the school's dog.
Dressed in a floral frock by Erdem and blue suede heels, Kate – and her ever-growing baby bump – arrived at the school after traveling from London via train.
The Duchess visited the school to launch a new counseling program, which will see two of her own charities – Place2Be and Action on Addiction – partner with the Royal Foundation (run alongside her husband Prince William and Prince Harry) and Comic Relief.
On April 11, the day Kate's visit was announced, Willows Primary School – which is located in Wythenshawe estate (the setting for the British TV show Shameless) – was the target of vandals, when a fire was set to the new $60,000 playground.
The crime was a blow to students, teachers and parents.
"It was such a shame as the school has been so inspirational that there hasn't been any trouble for many, many years," head teacher Anne Whitehead said. "But the way the community has rallied round has been remarkable and so heartening. We have received so much in the way of donations that we are going to be able to build an extension to the playground, which is marvelous."
Later, after her private meetings, Kate spoke of her "pride and excitement" regarding her charity initiatives.
"Last year, I asked the Royal Foundation, which I share with William and Harry, to see what could be done to help these children. In partnership with Comic Relief, our foundation commissioned a piece of research to explore this issue," she explained. "Today, it gives me an enormous feeling of pride and excitement to launch a program that will bring this research to life."