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Middleton reads CBeebies Bedtime Story

Kate Middleton in the cbeebies bedtime stories studio
Kate Middleton in the cbeebies bedtime stories studio Image credit: telegraph.co.uk

Kate Middleton will narrate the classic children’s book The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark, by Jill Tomlinson for CBeebies Bedtime Stories.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s appearance on the popular show, which has seen the likes of David Tennant, Tom Hardy and Josh Homme all reading a story, will mark this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week.

On the show the duchess sits cross-legged on a rug next to cup of hot chocolate, three toy owls and a fire bowl.

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark tells the story of baby barn owl, Plop, who builds his confidence by others who help him overcome his anxieties and fear of the dark.

It is one of the books the duchess used to read for her children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis at bedtime.

Patricia Hidalgo, director of BBC Children’s and Education, said: "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."

The duchess was filmed reading her bedtime story at Kensington Palace in January.

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark, read by the duchess on CBeebies Bedtime Stories, is on CBeebies, Sunday February 13 at 6.50pm and available afterwards on BBC iPlayer.