As the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla nears, Kate Middleton made a solo outing for a cause close to her heart.
The Princess of Wales visited The Baby Bank in Windsor, not far from her home with Prince William and their three children, on Monday to hear about the organization’s crucial work to support families in need from the surrounding area. Princess Kate, 41, met volunteers and took part in sorting donations and packing referrals during her visit — while chatting about her own kids, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
When Princess of Wales spotted a box of donations from Mattel that included Buzz Lightyear toys, she shared that Princess Charlotte, who will celebrate her 8th birthday on May 2, is a “huge fan of Toy Story,” according to the Daily Mail.
Kate also reflected on how fast her children are growing up — in fact, her youngest Prince Louis turned 5 on Sunday, an occasion marked by the family releasing new portraits of the birthday boy (including one featuring the mom!).
“It only feels like yesterday that they were this tiny. They do grow so quickly,” she told staff, reports The Daily Mail.
The Baby Bank’s Lauren Hall told the outlet that Kate said she would bring Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis down to the center in the future.
“I said I would bring my 5-year-old to play with Louis. They can keep each other occupied,” Hall added. “I think Louis here would be awesome. They can choose which toys the children should have.”
For the visit, the Princess of Wales wore the Larsoon blazer by Reiss over a white shirt with black trousers.
Founded in 2015 by two local mothers, The Baby Bank works to provide essential items — ranging from diapers and strollers to school uniforms and beds — to families facing financial hardship. Since its opening, the donation-based charity has supported over 21,500 individuals.
The visit is extra special for Kate, who has a particular interest in young children and has made it a focus of her royal life. In 2021, the royal mom launched the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, which keys in on the five years of a child’s life and setting them up for future success.
Kate has previously visited baby banks to help unload deliveries, sort donations and speak with families about their experiences of using their local baby bank services. In 2020, she brought together 19 British brands to donate over 10,000 new items to more than 40 baby banks across the U.K.
“Over recent months, I have heard from families who have been supported by baby banks through the most difficult of times and I have been deeply moved by their stories,” Kate said about the campaign. “Having somewhere to turn to for support is important for all families, and baby banks work every day, up and down the country, to provide immediate, tangible and practical help for parents and carers when they are most in need.”
Cat Ross, CEO of Baby Basics, has previously told PEOPLE how Princess Kate applies her own experiences to her work in the field. “She’s not scared to share experiences she’s had in her own life in raising her three children,” Ross said.