Kate Middleton Cavorts With Puppy, Shovels Dirt

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Kate and puppy. Photo: WPA Pool/Getty Images

Kate Middleton went on yet another hose-less outing today, this time to visit the Willows Primary School in Manchester, England. When she arrived, she proceeded down her usual receiving line of flower-proffering children, starstruck adults, and even an adorable puppy — a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, so he could probably smell royalty approaching and primly averted his eyes in deference.

Kate meets puppy. Photo: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

The purpose of Kate's visit was to launch a new counseling program at the school. This involved making a brief speech and delicately sprinkling a shovelful of dirt atop a freshly planted willow tree. One student was so unimpressed with her gardening efforts that he had to look away.

Or maybe he was just trying to be respectful? Photo: WPA Pool/Getty Images

To be fair, mucking around in heels on a flowerbed while pregnant takes some doing. Of all the days for her to leave her wedges at home! In other news, her Erdem dress looks very pretty.