This afternoon the Duchess of Cambridge attended an engagement at a Manchester school, where she launched a new schools counselling programme that’s run by two charities she’s a patron of: Place2Be and Action on Addiction. The initiative is funded by Comic Relief and from The Royal Foundation, the latter of which Kate is also a patron of.
Shortly after 1pm, Kate arrived at The Willows Primary School, Wythenshawe in Manchester. For our UK visitors, you may be interested to know that some scenes of Shameless are filmed in this deprived area of Manchester.
At the estate, Kate was presented with a posy of flowers and the “school dog” Henry gifted a hamper of goodies for Lupo, the Duchess’s pet Cocker Spaniel.
During the visit, Kate met with staff, volunteers and the children who’ve already benefitted from Place2Be, the charity Kate has most recently added to her list of patronages. Place2Be is a youth mental health charity that aims to transform children’s lives and remove the emotional barriers to learning. Their goal is to prevent the downward spiral that can lead to low aspirations, poor educational achievement, truancy and exclusion from school. Place2Be’s new schools counselling project, which launched today in conjunction with Action on Addiction, Comic Relief and The Royal Foundation, hopes to reduce the impact of drug and alcohol addition on children by providing them with the help and support they need. The program is being piloeted in the Wythenshawe area. It’ll also be trialled in Tower Hamlets, London, Harlow and Northumberland for the next two years before possibly being mapped out across the country.
Kate gave a touching and heartfelt speech at the school today, from which I quote below:
“Addiction is a hugely complex and destructive disease and its impact can be simply devastating. All too often, lives and families can be shattered by it.
“Through my Patronage of Action on Addiction, I feel fortunate to have met a wide range of inspirational people who have overcome addiction. It is so encouraging to see that with the right help – like that of Action on Addiction – it can be conquered.
“But those who are addicted are not the only victims. I have been struck by the profound and deeply damaging impact it has on the children of affected parents.”
— You can read the rest of Kate’s speech by clicking here.
Also at the event today was comedian John Bishop, who was representing Comic Relief. After Kate’s speech he also added a few words, but couldn’t resist a comedic quip, amusingly referring to the Duchess as his “warm-up act”. Haha!
Kate’s outfit and accessories:
This blog is dedicated to Kate’s outfits and clothing choices, so I better not delay with giving you all the details!
Today Kate wore a floral-print silk-crepe dress by Erdem, known as the ‘Sophia.’ The dress retails for over £1,000 (it varies from retailer to retailer). The dress is currently in stock on Net-A-Porter’s website for £1,065:
Net-A-Porter describe the dress as follows:
Erdem’s signature posy prints continue to charm and delight. The streamlined silhouette of this navy silk-crepe dress is the perfect canvas for dainty florals – pick out the pink petals with a tonal clutch.
You can shop the dress below at Net-A-Porter, Neiman Marcus and Matches Fashion. Just click any image to see the dress on the retailer’s website:
Kate also wore her mystery blue court shoes (you might remember those from Canada) along with her Annoushka pearl earrings suspended from Kiki McDonough hooks. She carried her navy blue Stuart Weitzman for Russell and Bromley clutch bag and wore her Asprey disc pendant.
A few tweets of note, if you missed out on the live action today:
Duchess of Cambridge was today given a book called "What do Princesses do" & read out some extracts on royal engagement today. Very funny.
— Robert Jobson (@theroyaleditor) April 23, 2013
The Duchess digs in to plant a tree… pic.twitter.com/pUe44X3fcA
— Comic Relief (@comicrelief) April 23, 2013