Casually-dressed Kate Middleton pictured ahead of special TV appearance

Children will be read a bedtime story by The Duchess of Cambridge on CBeebies this weekend.

The future Queen has chosen to read The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson as part of Children’s Mental Health Week which runs until Sunday (February 13).

A picture released by Kensington Palace shows Kate Middleton sitting cross-legged and wearing a jumper and with cuddly toys.

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark, illustrated by Paul Howard, follows the story of Plop, a baby barn owl, who is helped by others to grow in confidence and overcome his fears.

It was chosen by Kate because of it follows the theme of the week, which is ‘growing together’.

Patricia Hidalgo, Director of BBC Children’s and Education says: “I couldn’t be more proud to have The Duchess read a CBeebies Bedtime Story as we mark the 20th anniversary of our CBeebies and CBBC channels. It’s such a special and relevant tale and perfectly represents this years’ Children’s Mental Health Week theme. I can’t wait to see her deliver her own take on such a classic story and I’m sure our audience can’t either.”

Children’s Mental Health Week is a key national moment for spotlighting and recognizing children’s mental health. This year children and adults are being encouraged to consider how they have grown emotionally, recognizing that trying new things can help people move beyond their comfort zones, and that challenges and setbacks can help them to mature and adapt.

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark read by The Duchess of Cambridge will air at 6.50pm, Sunday, February 13

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