Kate Middleton stepped out for the second day in a row to visit youth mental health charity Place2Be on Wednesday.
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The Duchess of Cambridge, who became patron of the charity in April this year, delighted crowds as she arrived at the Canary Wharf offices where the charity was hosting a forum.
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Facing the rain, Kate emerged from her car and broke into a huge smile as she was presented with a bunch of flowers from a young schoolgirl.
Despite almost suffering a Marilyn Monroe moment when she bent down to receive the flowers and a gust of wind blew up her skirt, Kate managed to look elegant and composed as ever.
The beautiful royal donned a Max Mara jacket and pleated Orla Kiely skirt, the same designer whose bird-printed coat she wore yesterday. Her brunette curls stayed neatly in place as she spoke to nine-year-old Tierney Potter and tenderly clasped her hands.
“I felt nervous but excited,” said Tierney, when asked how she felt about meeting Kate. “It was a bit of an unusual school morning. She was nice and she was pretty.”
The new mum was led into the Clifford Chance office where she met the rest of Tierney’s classmates from nearby St Edmund’s School and was greeted with a chorus of “”.
The forum, which took place at the Clifford Chance office, was being held with the aim of increasing children’s emotional strength and will. The first speaker to take to the stage was Place2Be chief executive Benita Refson.
“Your Royal Highness, we are delighted that you are joining us today,” said Benita, as she addressed Kate and the rest of the audience. “You share our passionate belief that early intervention and children’s wellbeing and mental health really does matter.”
Seated front row, Kate attentively listened as guest speakers covered a range of important issues, including cyber bullying, special needs, self-harm and preventing addiction.
As emphasised in the speeches, Place2Be helps 75,000 children in more than 200 schools. According to the charity, over two-thirds of those supported had shown improved emotional and mental wellbeing.
After the speeches, Kate met with the speakers and other industry experts, including head teachers and the founder of an addiction treatment centre.
The Duchess’ visit comes just a day after she and her husband Prince William paid a visit to crime prevention charity Only Connect on Tuesday.