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Kate visits two Action for Children services in Wales

On the 22nd February 2017, Kate visited two Action for Children services in Monmouthshire, Wales.  Action for Children is a charity that helps disadvantaged children in the UK.

The Duchess of Cambridge Visits Action for Children in Wales

This was Kate’s first to the charity in her capacity as Royal Patron. She inherited the role from the Queen back in December. During the visit to Wales, Kate mentioned that she was “proud” to have taken over from the Queen.

Kate Middleton visits Action for Children in Wales

Kate did visit one of Action for Children’s centres two years ago, during a visit to Stoke on Trent (before she was Royal Patron of the charity).

Kate arrives in Smethwick

First, Kate visited Action for Children’s Multidisciplinary Intervention Service (MIST) in Torfaen.

Action for Children

MIST is an early years and family support centre that helps under-fives get ready to start school.  By partnering with local health visitors, midwives and other professionals, Action for Children are able to provide play sessions, speech therapists, health intervention and parenting programmes to help families flourish. 

Kate Middleton tours Action for Children's MIST facility in Wales

During her visit, Kate toured the facility and learned more about how Action for Children and MIST help families.

Kate Middleton tours Action for Children's MIST facility in Wales

She also played a quick game of pool! Kate’s 15-year-old teammate joked that she was “dreadful” at the game!

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, plays pool during her visit to MIST, a child and adolescent mental health project in Pontypool

Next, Kate made her way over to the Family Intervention Team (FIT) in Caerphilly.  FIT is an early years and family support facility that also helps under-fives get ready to start school. Like MIST, FIT provides support services such as play sessions, speech therapists, health intervention and parenting programmes.

Kate Middleton visits Wales

The Action for Children team gave Kate an introduction to FIT’s specialised work.

Kate Middleton visits Action for Children in Wales

Action for Children support young people and families in Wales, and across the UK, who encounter a number of serious challenges such as mental health problems and behavioural issues. The charity runs community-based services throughout the country, which supports over 390,000 children, young people and families.

Kate Middleton visits Action for Children in Wales

During her visit, Kate met with lots of young people and families who’ve benefited from both Action for Children’s FIT and MIST services. Kate heard about their challenging circumstances and discussed how the charity helped them to develop strategies that clearly improve their lives and lead to better family relationships.

Kate Middleton visits Action for Children in Wales

Kate’s outfit:

Kate chose a wine-coloured ensemble by French designer Paule Ka for the two engagements in Wales.

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles and waves as she arrives in Caerphilly, Wales.

It isn’t the first time she’s worn the burgundy skirt suit.  She first wore the outfit in October 2012 during a visit to Middle Temple.

Kate Middleton at Middle Temple

Kate wore her Stuart Weitzman HalfNHalf boots.  The boots feature a suede fabric front with a stretch panel at the back and a low block heel.

Kate Middleton's black boots

Even though the boots are an older style, they’re still available to buy from several different retailers (though only limited sizes remain in stock) –

Kate wore her Kiki McDonough cushion drop earrings with a citrine stone. Pictured below on Kate during the Cheltenham Races in 2013, where Kate first debuted them in public.

We have no information about Kate’s black polo neck sweater, which she’s worn on a number of occasions over the last year or two. (Pictured below, Kate wearing the polo neck during a visit to RAF Whittering in Cambridgeshire.)

Kate Middleton visits the RAF Whittering in Cambridgeshire

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