Portsmouth youngsters proud to meet Duchess of Cambridge

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SCHOOLCHILDREN have spoken of their delight at meeting the Duchess of Cambridge.

Kate spoke to groups of children who had contributed to a mural of the Solent which is outside Sir Ben Ainslie’s racing base in Old Portsmouth.

12/2/2015 (RS)''The Duchess of Cambridge visited Ben Ainslie Racing and the 1851 Trust HQ on Thursday.''Pictured is: The Duchess of Cambridge talking to pupils from Charter Academy. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (150274-1865) PPP-151202-145308001

12/2/2015 (RS)''The Duchess of Cambridge visited Ben Ainslie Racing and the 1851 Trust HQ on Thursday.''Pictured is: The Duchess of Cambridge talking to pupils from Charter Academy. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (150274-1865) PPP-151202-145308001

Liam Evens, 12, is in Year 8 at Charter Academy in Southsea.

He said: ‘At first I was really scared. I was really excited to meet her.

‘When I did meet her I realised that she was a bit more relaxed than I thought she would be and she’s a really nice person.

‘She asked me what paintings I painted. She complemented them which was really nice.

12/2/2015 (RS)''The Duchess of Cambridge visited Ben Ainslie Racing and the 1851 Trust HQ on Thursday.''Pictured is: The Duchess of Cambridge talking to pupils from Charter Academy. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (150274-1865) PPP-151202-145308001

12/2/2015 (RS)''The Duchess of Cambridge visited Ben Ainslie Racing and the 1851 Trust HQ on Thursday.''Pictured is: The Duchess of Cambridge talking to pupils from Charter Academy. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (150274-1865) PPP-151202-145308001

‘Meeting someone really important makes you feel really nice inside.’

Abigail Hopkins, 12, in Year 8, said: ‘I felt really proud because it was a once in a lifetime experience and I just felt really special because of how important she is to us.’