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Duchess of Cambridge backs Oxford school's mental health work

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Image caption The duchess met families supported by the school and charity

The Duchess of Cambridge has visited a primary school to learn about work to support the emotional health of pupils.

Catherine, dressed in a cream coat, was greeted at Pegasus Primary School in Oxford by cheering children waving flags.

Later, she watched a session involving pupils sharing views on topics like bullying.

During the visit Catherine was presented with a book of stories, poems and lullabies by the children.

Its cover read: "To Prince George, Princess Charlotte and the New Royal Baby".

The school is part of a project with charity Family Links that works with schools in the UK on emotional health.

The subject is a particular interest for the duchess, who has called for action to address emotional issues in young people as early as possible.

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Image caption Catherine was greeted at Pegasus Primary School by cheering children waving flags
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Image caption The duchess works to raise issues about children's mental health

Speaking to representatives from the charity about the children, Catherine said: "Just to hear them speak so articulately... it's extraordinary."

Emelia Robertshaw, 11, Jodie Brackett, 11, and Zhara Gathenya, 10, spoke to her about life at the school.

The duchess told them: "Keep up the hard work... Say hi to your mums and dads."

Afterwards, Zhara said: "It's probably a once in a lifetime opportunity to actually meet somebody from the royal family.

"It wasn't as nerve-racking as you think it would be because she's just a normal ordinary person like everybody else."

On her visit Catherine sat in on a Year Two activity session where pupils share their thoughts on topics such as how to support a bullied classmate, or how to cope with a stressful situation.

The duchess also met families supported by the school and charity.

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Image caption Catherine has called for early action to address emotional issues in young people
Image caption The duchess sat in on sessions where topics such as bullying were discussed

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