The Duchess told a schoolgirl about her one-year-old daughter's love of their pet hamster Marvin while officially opening the new Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace on Wednesday 4 May.
Darcey, nine, from St John the Baptist School in Hampton Wick said: "She said she has a hamster, and Charlotte really likes it because the whiskers always tickle her face."
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have ensured pets are at the heart of their family and have previously included their dogs - cocker spaniel Lupo and Tilly the retriever - in family portraits with Charlotte's older brother two-year-old Prince George.
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