William & Kate: In Love … with Children!

EVERYTHING'S ROSY

What more could a duchess want on Valentine's Day than roses and a card from a sweet boy? Kate, who welcomed a son on July 22, 2013, looks touched as 8-year-old Jaqson Johnston-Lynch hands over his offerings during a 2012 charity tour in Liverpool, England.

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William & Kate: In Love … with Children!

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.

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William & Kate: In Love … with Children!

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, 2012.

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William & Kate: In Love … with Children!

COMING UP BOUQUETS

After delivering her first official public speech at the March 19, 2012, opening of a children's hospice in Ipswich, England, a delighted Kate accepts a colorful bouquet from a little girl who curtsies.

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William & Kate: In Love … with Children!

AT EASE

He's a natural! Prince William shows off his cuddle technique while cradling a three-week-old baby at an April 26, 2012, reception benefiting British armed forces in London.

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William & Kate: In Love … with Children!

MAKING A POINT

At the April 25, 2012, 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.

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William & Kate: In Love … with Children!

PLUSHIE FEELINGS

No lion about it: The duchess is delighted when a young girl presents her with a stuffed animal at the June 14, 2012, 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.

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William & Kate: In Love … with Children!

S'MORE FUN

Are those marshmallows she's roasting? Kate is game as she chats around a campfire on June 17, 2012, with inner-city kids on a weekend field trip in Kent, England.

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William & Kate: In Love … with Children!

DOUBLE DUTY

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, 2012.

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William & Kate: In Love … with Children!

GOOD SPORTS

The hot afternoon sun doesn't deter the newlyweds, along with Prince Harry, from chatting up young athletes on the soccer field at Bacon's College in London on July 26, 2012. The royal trio was there to promote a local sports coaching program.

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William & Kate: In Love … with Children!

LITTLE PRINCESS

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.

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William & Kate: In Love … with Children!

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, 2012.

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William & Kate: In Love … with Children!

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, 2012, where a boy handed the duke a soccer ball – and he happily kicked it around!

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William & Kate: In Love … with Children!

NO, MINE!

On Oct. 10, 2012, 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.

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William & Kate: In Love … with Children!

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."

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William & Kate: In Love … with Children!

TOUCHING MOMENT

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 Nov. 28, 2012.

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William & Kate: In Love … with Children!

'HEAR' FOR YOU

The duchess is happy to lend a hand – and an ear! – as she taps into her maternal instincts on a March 18, 2013, visit to the Saunderton, England, charity headquarters of Child Bereavement UK, which aids children who have recently lost a parent.

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William & Kate: In Love … with Children!

SCOUT'S HONOR

Proof Her Royal Highness is not high maintenance: Kate roughs it three hours outside of London at the Great Tower Scout Camp, where she strapped on her favorite green Le Chameau boots to hang with the youngsters and eat doughy snacks on March 22, 2013. "We just called her Kate," said Fatima Vukhari, 9, who was at the special training day for scout volunteers.

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William & Kate: In Love … with Children!

JUST KIDDING

While William doesn't earn fussy 4-year-old Shona Ritchie's kiss of approval on an April 4, 2013, appearance in Glasgow, Scotland, the costume-rocking tot – who actually requested the smooch in the first place – promises she won't be so shy the next time around. "Both of them were so lovely to her," Shona's mother, Karen Ritchie, later told PEOPLE. "They'll be really good parents."

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William & Kate: In Love … with Children!

RED-Y FOR BABY

The well-dressed duchess looks like she aces Parenting 101 as she greets a gaggle of school children lined up at the Dumfries House in Ayrshire, Scotland, on April 5, 2013.

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William & Kate: In Love … with Children!

SPECIAL TEA

Two years after officially becoming the Duchess of Cambridge, the royal marks her wedding anniversary with a very special someone: 8-year-old Sally Evans, whom she met during her April 29, 2013, visit to Naomi House Children's Hospice for tea. "She's so natural with everyone," Graham Butland, chief executive of Kate's charity, East Anglia Children's Hospice, later said. "She is going to be a great mum – no doubt about that."

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