Kate Middleton Is Casually Gorgeous in Brown Coat & Black Pants as She Visits Nothern Ireland

Kate Middleton opted for a casual look wearing a turtle neck and khaki jacket as braved the cold weather for a surprise visit in Northern Ireland.

On Wednesday, Kate Middleton made a surprise trip to Newtownards in Northern Ireland. The Duchess arrived for a tour of the Ark Open Farm.

The trip was part of her initiatives aimed at supporting early childhood development and childcare. According to PEOPLE, she took the opportunity to speak to local parents about their experiences raising the children as part of her "5 Big Questions on the Under Fives" survey. 

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Today The Duchess of Cambridge has taken her UK-wide #5BigQuestions survey to Northern Ireland and Scotland, starting with a visit to @TheArkOpenFarm in County Down, Northern Ireland. The #5BigQuestions Survey aims to spark a national conversation on the early years that will ultimately help bring about positive, lasting change for generations to come – visit the link in our bio to fill out the survey. At the farm The Duchess spoke with local parents and grandparents about their experiences of raising young children, and their thoughts on the early years. What we experience in our earliest years – from in the womb to the age of five – is instrumental in shaping our future lives. The Duchess has spent time meeting families across the country and hearing about the issues they face, in addition to speaking with academics, experts, organisations and practitioners. The ‘5 Big Questions on the Under 5s’ survey is designed to bring together the thoughts of as many people as possible – recognising that everyone has a role in ensuring strong, healthy foundations for the youngest in our society that will positively affect their lifelong outcomes. Photos © Kensington Palace

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For her previous engagement the day before, Kate looked more formal in a military-inspired blazer. However, she switched it up for her day on the farm and went for a more casual look.

Kate braved the cold weather in a purple turtle neck and a khaki jacket. Looking ready for the farm grounds and animal visits she wore brown leather knee-high boots

Kate Middleton made a surprise visit to The Ark Open Farm on February 12, 2020, in Newtownards, Northern Ireland | Source: Getty Images (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Kate Middleton made a surprise visit to The Ark Open Farm on February 12, 2020, in Newtownards, Northern Ireland | Source: Getty Images (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

She is known for breaking conventions and doing her own make-up, which for the farm tour, she opted for a smokey eye, a nude lip, and light blush.

Kate literally let her hair down as she had it styled in loose waves with a middle parting. She completed her look with a pair of statement gold leaf earrings.

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Grabbing a @Social_Bite in Aberdeen – in Scotland The Duchess of Cambridge visited the café to speak with employees, volunteers and customers who have experienced homelessness about how early childhood experiences can have a lasting impact. Social Bite runs social enterprise cafés across Scotland and distributes food and hot drinks to people experiencing homelessness. The organisation also employs staff who have experienced homelessness themselves. The Duchess has been taking her UK-wide landmark survey ‘5 Big Questions on the Under 5s’ to Northern Ireland and Scotland, following visits to Birmingham, Cardiff, Woking and London last month. Speaking about the #5BigQuestions survey, The Duchess said: • “I wanted to hear directly from people across the UK and it’s great to have been able to talk to people in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and across England about their experiences. • I want to thank the 200,000 people who have filled it out because each and every response will help show us what society really thinks about raising the next generation. • I am excited to hear from even more people before it closes on 21st February”. • The #5BigQuestions survey takes just 5 minutes to complete – and aims to spark a national conversation on the early years. Visit the link in our bio to fill out the survey and help bring about positive, lasting change for generations to come. Photos © Kensington Palace

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The owner of the farm Stewart Donaldson told the Belfast Telegraph that they were only given ten days' notice about Kate's unannounced visit and put a lot of work into keeping the visit a secret.

Through her work with children, she has been promoting the benefits of encouraging children to play outdoors and bonding with animals. 

However, Stewart admitted that out of all of the rare animals living on their farm, she was wasn't too keen on meeting their collection of snakes. Speaking about how people responded to her visit, Claire Savage, a parent who was at the farm revealed:

"I think the parents are more excited than the kids. I've always wanted to meet Kate and say hello. I don't think the kids know what’s going on."

In the coming weeks, Kate might find herself traveling a little further than Ireland. PEOPLE reported that she is expected the travel with her husband, Prince William, to Australia.

As they wait for an invite from Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the royal couple is planned to visit the areas affected by catastrophic wildfires.

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