Duchess of Cambridge makes her mark in the West Midlands

A pregnant Kate Middleton wows the public as she pays a visit to the Emma Bridgewater factory in Stoke-on-Trent and a children's centre in Smethwick.

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Moment toddler shares a high five with the Duchess

This is the beautiful moment a Midland tot bounded up to Kate Middleton - and shared a high five.

The toddler - clearly not put off by the visitor's lofty status - set off a blaze of camera flashes from photographers covering the Royal appearance.

The moment was caught on video by our reporter.

The Duchess of Cambridge was visiting the West Midlands on Wednesday as part of her charity work supporting vulnerable children.

Kate, who is seven months pregnant with her second child, went to Action for Children’s Cape Hill Children’s Centre in Smethwick and a pottery factory in Stoke-on-Trent which creates designer mugs to raise funds for a children’s hospice.

In Smethwick the Duchess, 33, met families who have faced difficult circumstances, such as domestic violence or serious health problems, and learn how Action for Children has helped them.


Duchess of Cambridge tours the Emma Bridgewater factory

The Duchess of Cambridge has proved herself "a natural Stokie" on a visit to the Potteries in support of children's hospices.

Kate was visiting the Emma Bridgewater ceramics factory in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, touring the shop floor and watching youngsters getting creative with paint, to the delight of their royal visitor.

The visit was a chance for her to witness production of a new line of mugs the historic company has launched in support of East Anglia's Children's Hospices of which the Duchess is patron.

Our reporter @staceyITV was following the Duchess!

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