Prince George has learnt to count in Spanish

Hannah Furness
Prince George can already count to ten in Spanish. - 2016 Getty Images

Prince George can already count to ten in Spanish, the Duchess of Cambridge has disclosed, as she lifts the lid on their idyllic rural Good Life in Norfolk.

The Duchess said Prince George, who is not yet four, and Princess Charlotte, two, are both learning a second language, with the future king already cleverly picking it up. 

The two children, who are spending their last few months based at Anmer Hall, Norfolk, before transitioning to London for Prince George to start school, have also developed a fascination with nature, after being bought an egg incubator to hatch their own chicks.

The Duchess of Cambridge in a field with school children during a visit to the Farms for City Children charity in Gloucester. Credit: PA

The Duchess spoke about her young family during a four-hour visit to Wick Court, a charity farm project in Gloucestershire where she mucked in to help inner city children weigh piglets, bottle feed lambs and collect fresh eggs.

Part of a group of three Farms for City Children sites founded by children's author Michael Morpurgo and his wife Clare, it holds week-long residential trips where screens are banned and primary school children learn about where their food comes from.

The Duchess read about the project in an article in Country Life magazine, with the Princess Royal, the farms' patron, later encouraging her to pay a visit. 

The Duchess told Year 5 children from Vauxhall Primary School that she now keeps five chickens of her own at home, along with seeing lambs in a neighbours field next door.

The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Farms for City Children charity in Gloucester, where she saw their work giving young people from inner cities the chance to spend a week on a working farm. Credit: PA

The family are already known to have a dog, Lupo, and a hamster called Marvin.

But the Duchess gave an unprecedented insight into how she and the Duke are bringing up their two children to embrace a love of nature and languages.

The Duchess spent time with Sayanna, nine, who speaks Spanish and told her that her own children were learning it too, with Prince George already able to count up to ten. 

"She said she is trying to teach Charlotte Spanish and said her son George can count up to ten in Spanish already," she said.

The Royal children have a Spanish nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo.

On the Duchess' affinity with farm animals, Dave Evansoneya, the Wick Court stockman, said: "She has got several Cuckoo Marans at home, she told me. 

"She says she had cleaned out a few chicken sheds in her time.

"She also told me and the children that she has an incubator of eggs at home at the moment with a hope that they are going to hatch into chicks. Her children are very excited."

The Duchess of Cambridge (R) talks to Michel Morpergo (L) on a visit to Farms for City Children at Wick Court farm in Arlingham, Gloucester. Credit: EPA

Teacher Nicole Preston added: "The incubator is relatively new and she doesn't know if it is going to work. 

"She says it takes 21 days but George and Charlotte are so excited that they come down each morning and peer inside to see if anything has happened."

Another teacher, Natalie Graham, explained that the children had given a birthday card they had made for Princess Charlotte, who turned two yesterday, and a toy Paddington Bear. 

Miss Graham said: "She told them that they had a little party for Charlotte yesterday and she sung Happy Birthday to herself! It was so sweet. 

"She loved the card and present and said Charlotte would love it too as the card had Peppa Pig on, which she loves."

During the visit, the Duchess was also invited to join in with the weighing of four-month-old Tamworth piglets, offered a wooden pig board to help herd the animals one-by-one onto a scale.

"She was pushing the pig's bum with her bare hands," said Edison David, the school's headteacher afterwards.

"It was just to move the pig along. It was second nature to her."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.  Credit: PA

John Goodman, the farm manager, added: "Some people are very aloof with pigs.

"I don't know if she's ever done pig weighing before, but she was very natural. She blended in very quickly."

Her final activity saw her brave a field full of hungry sheep, who caused a near stampede after dozens of children carrying feed buckets and bottles of milk entered.

The Duchess made a particular fuss of one mixed-breed lamb, nicknamed Stinky, who bounded up to her to be stroked.

Tessa Stone, chief executive of Farms for City Children, said of the visit: "Its 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."

For the visit, the Duchess wore sturdy jodhpurs, brown boots and a coat by Troy London, a label owned by Rose Van Cutsem, who once dated the Duke of Cambridge and is now a firm family friend.

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