The Princess of Wales was all smiles as she met Captain Chandi at Landau Forte College in Derby. Kate welcomed the intrepid British Army Officer with a warm hug before they kicked off Captain Chandi’s tour of schools, during which she will recall her extraordinary solo Polar expedition.

Captain Chandi made history on January 3, when she recorded the longest ever solo and unsupported polar expedition.

During her inspiring and gruelling trip, which lasted for 70 days and 16 hours, Captain Chandi crossed Antartica in direction of the South Pole, walking 922 miles (1,485km) through temperatures as low as -30°C and wind speeds of 60mph.

During the crossing, she skied for 13 to 15 hours a day, pulling a sledge weighing 120kg.

Her original goal to complete the coast to coast crossing was made impossible by the severely-adverse conditions, and had to stop 100 miles (160km) away from her target.

Kate has long been an advocate on the benefits outdoors activities can have on the mental and physical wellbeing of both children and adults.

During the visit, the pair spoke to school pupils about building resilience and mental wellbeing.

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