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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge keep farm animals: find out which ones!

by Hanna Fillingham

Prince William and Kate are the proud owners of a pet dog, a Cocker Spaniel named Lupo, while their young children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte share a pet hamster called Marvin. But on Wednesday, Kate revealed that there are even more animals living in the Cambridge household. While out on a royal engagement to a farm in Gloucestershire, the Duchess disclosed that the family keep five chickens at their home, Anmer Hall in Norfolk, telling schoolchildren that plucks fresh eggs from their henhouse. During her visit, the Duchess, 35, was more than happy to get stuck in, proving to be a natural with the animals and completing work around the farm yard with the children. She made her way from allotment to allotment, tending to the pigs, chickens and in particular the sheep, which she affectionately referred to as “lambies.”

STORY: Kate mucks in with local children on farm day out

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Kate revealed that she keeps chickens at home

The Duchess was also shown around the farm by children's author Michael Morpurgo and his wife Clare, who run the charity Farms For City Children. The couple set up the charity with the aim of giving children from the city the chance to spend a week on a real-working farm. During the engagement, Kate and the kids were treated to a storytelling session by Michael, author of War Horse and Kensuke's Kingdom. One of the charity's mission is to promote literacy and storytelling, as well as to give children an understanding of farming, the countryside and food production.

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The Duchess of Cambridge spent the day on a farm in Gloucestershire

Tessa Stone, chief executive, said of the visit: "It's been a joy to have her for four hours. She spent quality time with the children and she was fantastic, you can tell she can really gets it. Having had a childhood experience growing up in the countryside, she appreciates how crucial it is."