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.
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 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).
First, Kate visited Action for Children’s Multidisciplinary Intervention Service (MIST) in Torfaen.
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.
During her visit, Kate toured the facility and learned more about how Action for Children and MIST help families.
She also played a quick game of pool! Kate’s 15-year-old teammate joked that she was “dreadful” at the game!
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.
The Action for Children team gave Kate an introduction to FIT’s specialised work.
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.
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 chose a wine-coloured ensemble by French designer Paule Ka for the two engagements in 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 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.
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) –
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.)