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The Princess of Wales‘s former history teacher told tonight how he had ‘excitedly’ come into work on his day off to reunite with his former pupil for the first time in 25 years – and said: ‘She’s exuberant and is just like she was!’

A delighted Jim Embury met an equally thrilled Kate during a visit today to the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall, where the pensioner now volunteers part time.

The pair hugged and chatted in heartwarming scenes in front of crowds in the harbour town with the mother-of-three, 41, telling her old teacher: ‘The things you taught me, I now teach to my children.’

In an exclusive interview with MailOnline Mr Embury, 79, teased: ‘I hate to think what those children are learning!’

He was full of praise for the royal, who with Prince William was visiting the museum to learn about the area’s maritime heritage.

Jim Embury, 79, volunteers at the National Maritime Museum and came into work on his day off just to see his former pupil

Jim Embury, 79, volunteers at the National Maritime Museum and came into work on his day off just to see his former pupil

The Princess of Wales was clearly thrilled to see her former history teacher as they reunited for the first time in 25 years

The Princess of Wales was clearly thrilled to see her former history teacher as they reunited for the first time in 25 years

He said: ‘It was an incredible meeting and the first time I had seen Kate in 25 years. She hasn’t changed, not one bit, and is just like she was – conscientious, considerate and exuberant.’

Mr Embury, who previously unknown to Kate lives and works in the town, added: ‘She is a wonderful woman.’

He explained: ‘I didn’t know she was coming to the museum until 6am this morning. It was my day off and I only work Fridays.

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‘We were asked if we would be available to be on standby for the royal visit, and of course I wanted to.

‘The prospect of meeting Kate after all these years was very exciting so I went in on my day off.’

Softly spoken Canadian Mr Embury, who has a British wife, made sure he was in the forefront to see his ex pupil from St Andrews prep school in Berkshire who had ‘no idea’ he would be there.

During the ‘meet and greet’ before Kate headed into the museum, he approached her.

She recognised him instantly, threw her arms around him and said: ‘Oh my goodness! My gosh, that’s taken me right back!’

Mr Embury reiterated to MailOnline: 'She is a lovely, considerate, wonderful woman' and said the photos of them together were 'joyful' to later see for him and his wife

Mr Embury reiterated to MailOnline: ‘She is a lovely, considerate, wonderful woman’ and said the photos of them together were ‘joyful’ to later see for him and his wife

When the popular royal found out that he had relocated to Cornwall, Kate enthusiastically exclaimed: 'No way!'

When the popular royal found out that he had relocated to Cornwall, Kate enthusiastically exclaimed: ‘No way!’

The children's Princess! Kate meets a young royal fan outside the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth

The children’s Princess! Kate meets a young royal fan outside the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth 

The Princess of Wales looked thrilled to meet her young royal fan this afternoon

The Princess of Wales looked thrilled to meet her young royal fan this afternoon

The Prince and Princess of Wales laugh as they attempt to refurbish a boat during their tour of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall

The Prince and Princess of Wales laugh as they attempt to refurbish a boat during their tour of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Mr Embury, originally from Ontario and known as ‘Canadian Jim’ in his neighbourhood, said it was like a ‘whirlwind’ meeting her and he could ‘barely remember our first words spoken.’

Speaking from his home hours after the memorable occasion, he said: ‘Kate was very kind and was talking about her children and what they were learning from her which she said she had learned partly from me.’

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When the popular royal found out that he had relocated to Cornwall, Kate enthusiastically exclaimed: ‘No way!’

Reminiscing about her school days, she went on to say how she could visualise exactly what her teacher’s classroom used to look like.

As the pair happily chatted Prince William continued to speak to spectators.

Mr Embury reiterated to MailOnline: ‘She is a lovely, considerate, wonderful woman’ and said the photos of them together were ‘joyful’ to later see for him and his wife.

He said: ‘She was a fantastic student and it was so nice to see her again.’

He revealed that whilst he didn’t follow the royal family, he often saw what they were up to on news websites.

He declined to speculate on what type of future Queen Kate would make.

During their visit to the museum’s workshop, the Prince and Princess of Wales helped those working on the refurbishment of the Kiwi, a 14-foot sailing dinghy which was presented to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip as a wedding present from the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Mr Embury refused to discuss if he had been among staff and volunteers showing the royals around, saying: ‘I’m a volunteer on Fridays!’

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