MEET AND SWEET
The same day, Kate exchanges high-fives with Page Hearn, a 4-year-old cancer patient at a Liverpool children’s hospital.
BEND IT LIKE KATE
No stuffy royal here! Eager to relate to her audience, the amiable duchess sees eye to eye with a group of youngsters at an art-therapy school in Oxford, England, on Feb. 21.
COMING UP BOUQUETS
After delivering her first official public speech at the March 19 opening of a children's hospice in Ipswich, England, a delighted Kate accepts a colorful bouquet from a little girl who curtsies.
MAKING A POINT
At the April 25 London premiere of Disney nature documentary African Cats, Kate is fascinated by a cub scout's badge, while William chats up fellow moviegoers, which included 100 children involved with charities the duke and duchess support.
No lion about it: The duchess is delighted when a young girl presents her with a stuffed animal at the June 14 performance of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in London. The bighearted royal had invited 150 schoolchildren to the show through an art-therapy charity.
Are those marshmallows she's roasting? Kate is game as she chats around a campfire on June 17 with inner-city kids on a weekend field trip in Kent, England.
Proving she can handle two babies at once, Kate takes charge of her toddler niece, Savannah Phillips, and cocker spaniel puppy Lupo on a walk through the Gloucestershire, England, countryside, where William was playing in a charity polo match on June 17.
Peace out! During their nine-day visit to Far East Asia and the South Pacific, the dynamic duo encountered 5-year-old Maeve Low, who gave them magic wands and a painting of them she made. Someone in the crowd asked William about his plans for a family, and he revealed that he'd like two children some day.
JUST YOU AND ME
Here's looking at you, kid! Oblivious to onlookers and photographers, Kate focuses her attention on a little girl who presented the duchess with flowers on arrival at a Singapore public housing complex on Sept. 12.
HAVING A BALL
Even while wearing a business suit, William gets his game on. During the next leg of the royals' overseas trip, the king-to-be visits a cultural village in the Solomon Islands on Sept. 17, where a boy handed the duke a soccer ball – and he happily kicked it around!
On October 10, Kate visits a drug-rehab center in northeast England and gets a good laugh when 2-year-old Lola Mackay refuses to hand over a bouquet of flowers meant for the duchess.
HUG IT OUT
On the same day, 10-year-old Terry Campbell ignores centuries of protocol and reaches out to the duchess near a civic center. Kate asks, "Am I going to get a cuddle?" then leans over a metal barrier and hugs him. Confides the boy's friend, "The one thing he really wanted was a kiss."
Getting a good look at what's to come, William? Just days before announcing his wife's pregnancy, the duke hones in on a baby in a crowd of onlookers outside Guildhall in London on November 28.