It’s not been an easy week for the Duchess of Cambridge.
First she was forced to endure a sweaty breach of royal protocol from LeBron James, who wrapped in his arm around her at a basketball match during their New York trip. The Duchess reacted with expected royal awkwardness.
Then she was forced to wrap presents at a children’s centre in Harlem – a task so arduous she briefly let down her princess guard and displayed irritation. She was busily packaging gifts when she was tapped on the shoulder and told to “keep wrapping”.
Looking slightly affronted, she mockingly rolled her eyes, but gallantly continued with her toil.
Despite her fleeting resistance, volunteers still welcomed her help. The presents will be sent to New York’s underprivileged children.
“We sat together wrapping gifts - she's my girl,” said grandmother of six Mary Dawkins, who joined the Duchess. “She said she has to wrap gifts when she gets home.”
Children at the Northside Center for Child Development also mistook the Duchess for Frozen character princess Elsa.
In pictures: Royal visit to the USA
In pictures: Royal visit to the USA
Prince William and Joe Daniels, president of the 9/11 Memorial (R) look on, as Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, lays flowers at the edge of a memorial pool at the National Sept.11 Memorial in New York
The Duchess of Cambridge meets guests Amelia Salzman, Stephen J Symonds and Eric Sambol (right) former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea during a reception co-hosted by the Royal Foundation and the Clinton Foundation at British Consul General's Residence in New York to recognise the work of the wildlife conservation charity Tusk Trust, of which the Duke of Cambridge is patron, and the organisations who are partners in United For Wildlife, while the Clinton Foundation is working with other groups to tackle wildlife trafficking
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge greets former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton
Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge watch the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver (2nd R), Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo (L), and Sr. Vice President, Community & Player Programs Kathleen Behrens (R) as they attend the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA game at Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose with LeBron James as they attend the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA game at Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York
Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, acknowledge the crowd during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers in New York
Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by Beyonce and Jay-Z as they attend the NBA basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets in New York
Prince William talks with Jay-Z , as the Duchess of Cambridge, chats with Beyonce during an NBA basketball game
Duchess of Cambridge wraps presents for children with volunteer Mary Dawkins at the Northside Center for Childhood Development in New York
Duchess of Cambridge watches children as she visits Northside Center for Child Development in New York
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge greets children and parents outside the Northside Center after her visit, in New York
New York City first lady Chirlane McCray and Duchess of Cambridge, shake hands outside the Northside Center for Child Development in New York
President Barack Obama meets with Prince William in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington
Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William arrive at The Carlyle hotel in New York
“They thought she was the Princess from Frozen,” said Rose Ann Harris, director of early childhood services.
“When the children heard she was coming they thought it was Elsa - we said a Princess and they got a Princess.
“The visit meant everything to the children, they were thrilled and it acknowledges all the hard work of the staff.”Reuse content