The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have surprised schoolchildren with a visit from reindeer during a three-day train tour of Great Britain.
Kensington Palace said it had arranged for Chaz, Crackers and her calf, Echols, to join the couple at the Holy Trinity First School in England’s most northern town, Berwick-upon-Tweed.
The school’s 175 pupils waved and sang as the duke and duchess arrived, while local saxophone group The Earl Grey Saxes played Christmas tunes, including Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
As a surprise for the children, Kensington Palace had organized for Rent a Reindeer to bring three animals to the school. Rent a Reindeer owner George Richardson said the booking by the palace had been classified as “top secret.”
Headteacher Nicholas Shaw said the school felt “honored” to have been chosen for the royal visit, adding: “We appreciate they are taking the time to think about teachers and the work that has been going on in schools.”