Kate Middleton and her younger brother, James Middleton, are all the buzz these days!
This past week, Middelton paid a visit to London’s Natural History Museum to learn about their Urban Nature Project. Kate, 39, also brought a sweet snack for the local schoolchildren she met: homemade honey!
“Would you like to try some? This came specially from my beehive,” she informed the kiddos, according to a report from the event. “Does it taste like honey from the shops? Does it taste like flowers?”
James, 34, has previously spoken on his love of beekeeping.
“Many of you know I am passionate about dogs, but not many know I am almost as passionate about bees,” he shared to Instagram back in 2019. “I’m fascinated by the little creatures. From their waggle dance to the queen laying her own body weight in eggs a day… there’s a lot to be said about these humble little creatures.”
“Bee keeping to me is a meditation. It’s a chance to escape my mind and be so consumed by something that hours can pass by without knowing it. Meditation is a wonderful tool to help with stress, anxiety, depression and doesn’t just need to be practiced sitting down!”
James also noted that honey is “one of natures finest medicines. From antibacterial properties, aiding digestion, hay fever, colds, energy and even as cure for sleeping disorders the list goes on. I have a teaspoon of honey every day and couldn’t recommend it more.”
It was last year that James revealed how it was Kate and their family members who threw together this buzzing surprise!
“I’d always harboured a longing to keep bees, but it wasn’t until I turned 24 in 2011 that the wish became reality,” he wrote in a 2020 article for the Daily Mail.
“Then, my family – mum, dad and my sisters Catherine and Pippa – clubbed together to buy what for me was the most fantastic birthday gift imaginable,” he continued. “A delivery van arrived with a large buzzing box with the cautionary label: ‘Live Bees.’ Inside was the nucleus – the start – of my colony: 1,000 Buckfast bees.”
Kate’s day at the museum also included learning next to schoolchildren about spiders with an arts and crafts activity. In addition, she also attached an acoustic monitoring device to a cherry tree in the Wildlife Garden, which will record ambient sound to help scientists to investigate patterns of bird, mammal and insect activity in the garden.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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