It's not every day that you get to meet royalty, and this encounter was all too much for one little boy who dissolved into tears as he was introduced to the Duchess of Cambridge in Luxembourg.

The shy youngster met Kate as she arrived at a cycling themed festival in Place de Clairefontaine, but quickly hid his head on his mother's shoulder and the Duchess looked on sympathetically.

Kate, 35, looked elegant in a pastel blue coat dress by New Zealand-born designer Emilia Wickstead, which she paired with her trusty nude heels and £3,500 blue topaz and diamond drop earrings in white gold from Kiki McDonough.

This shy youngster quickly cuddled into his mother after handing Kate a bouquet of flowers. Photo / Getty
This shy youngster quickly cuddled into his mother after handing Kate a bouquet of flowers. Photo / Getty

She kicked off her trip with a visit to the Musze d'Art Moderne, accompanied by Crown Princess Stephanie, the patron of the museum, who looked striking in a red wrap dress with a ruffle detail at the front.

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The Duchess of Cambridge is in the small nation to attend commemorations marking the 150th anniversary of a treaty that confirmed the country's independence and neutrality.

Kate will spend one day in the capital city of the Grand Duchy where the main focus will be events celebrating the 1867 Treaty of London.

The visit is likely to be interpreted as another trip being made by a member of the Royal Family in their role as "Brexit Ambassadors", as they have been dubbed by the press.