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Kate Middleton Looked Chic During Her Surprise Farm Visit

Instyle logo Instyle 2/12/2020 Brittany Vincent
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Kate Middleton headed down to the farm for a surprise solo trip on Wednesday (February 12). 

The Duchess headed to Northern Ireland for a previously-unannounced outing in a bid to chat with the locals in support of her initiative to bring attention to early childhood development. 

a person wearing a suit and tie © Chris Jackson/Getty Images

During her excursion, Kate was clad in a low-key light brown field jacket, worn with black leggings tucked into knee-high brown boots, perfect for trudging through any type of terrain. She wore a warm turtleneck sweater beneath the jacket, paired with golden leaf earrings peeking out from behind her hair, done up in shining chestnut waves.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visits the Ark Open Farm in Newtownards, Northern Ireland February 12, 2020.  © Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visits the Ark Open Farm in Newtownards, Northern Ireland February 12, 2020. 

Cozy in her chic outfit, Kate toured Newtownards via the owners of the Ark Open Farm as she spoke with local parents and grandparents about the challenges that come with raising children. She used the opportunity to further her now-familiar "5 Big Questions on the Under Fives," which she kicked off earlier in February, in between meeting with a few of the animals at the Ark. 

Kate surveys respondents about the health and happiness of children in the area, nature vs. nurture, and a swath of other topics. The survey is set to conclude on February 21.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets with local representatives of Early Years and families who have benefited from the work of the charity at The Ark Open Farm on February 12, 2020 in Newtownards, Northern Ireland.   © Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets with local representatives of Early Years and families who have benefited from the work of the charity at The Ark Open Farm on February 12, 2020 in Newtownards, Northern Ireland.  

According to the Ark's owner Stewart Donaldson, the staff only had 10 days' notice that the location would need to keep Kate's visit under wraps.

"It’s our 30th anniversary. We’re all very excited. It was quite a job keeping her visit secret," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

See Kate handle a snake, feed a baby lamb and pet an alpaca:

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and children from two local nurseries have an encounter with a snake during a visit to The Ark Open Farm on February 12, 2020 in Newtownards, Northern Ireland. 

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and children from two local nurseries have an encounter with a snake during a visit to The Ark Open Farm on February 12, 2020 in Newtownards, Northern Ireland. 
© Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images

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