21 February 2012
Last updated at 16:13
The Duchess of Cambridge has visited schools in Oxford as patron of The Art Room, a charity which runs art classes to help children with issues such as low self-esteem and Asperger's syndrome.
Cheering children waving Union flags lined Catherine's route to the Rose Hill Primary School. In the crowd was BBC director-general Mark Thompson, who is a trustee of The Art Room.
Two children gave the duchess dog treats for her cocker spaniel, a bouquet of cream-coloured roses and an apron emblazoned with "Miss Catherine". The art therapy room at the primary school opened almost four years ago.
The duchess, wearing her personalised apron, joined a group of children at the school on a project about the poem The Owl and The Pussycat. Catherine helped the children illustrate the story.
Sue Mortimer, headteacher of Rose Hill Primary School, speaking about the charity's work, said: "It is fantastic the duchess will see this partnership and how much the children value their experience in The Art Room."
As Catherine left Rose Hill Primary, she stopped to talk to children. Juli Beattie, founder and director of The Art Room, which celebrates its 10th anniversary next month, said: "We are honoured that her royal highness has come to visit The Art Room in Oxford."
Later the duchess visited the Oxford Spires Academy, where she accepted tulips from children. Hundreds of children lined the road to the school waving Union flags and flags with the insignia of their school.
Catherine met secondary school pupils and former students who explained how The Art Room has helped change their lives.
Susan Croft, principal of the academy school, said pupils were "honoured" by the visit. At Spires the duchess, joined a round table discussion on the training and supervision of the charity's staff.