The Duchess of Cambridge’s patronage, Place2Be, hosted their first-ever Wellbeing in Schools Awards at Kensington Palace. The Duchess of Cambridge attended the event and presented the “the Child/Young Person Award to a child or young person who has made an exceptional contribution to the mental health and emotional wellbeing of their peers within the school community through their relationship with Place2Be”
The Wellbeing in Schools Awards were created to celebrate children, parents, teachers, staff, and local community members who make a real difference in the life of their school. Parents, grandparents, and teachers nominated the finalists for their contributions to the local school communities.
Kate became the Royal Patron of Place2Be on April 19, 2013 because of her “personal interest in and commitment to improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children in the UK.” Place2Be works in primary and secondary schools across the UK to provide early intervention and mental health support to young children and their families.
The charity has a presence in numerous schools and provides access to counseling and other services that emotionally-troubled children may need. Their focus is reaching children undergoing emotional and behavioral problems in the classroom and providing them with the support they need to improve their classroom learning.
The Duchess of Cambridge penned a foreward to the program for tonight’s awards ceremony. In it, Catherine praises the charity for helping over 90,000 children and congratulates them on their inaugural Wellbeing in Schools Awards.
This evening, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a Hobbs top and Jenny Packham skirt to the semi-formal ceremony. Kate chose the Hobbs “Emilia” blouse from their more formal Invitation line. It is sadly sold out, but originally retailed for £89 and was discounted to £60. Many sizes are still available in Hobbs Outlet stores in the UK. Call your local store or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. She paired the top with a Jenny Packham skirt from the A/W 2013 line – a gorgeous peacock blue satin midi skirt.
Kate accessorized with Jimmy Choo “Vikki” pumps and a matching black suede clutch by Mulberry. For jewels, Kate chose to wear her Temple of Heaven chandelier earrings. The Duchess added a black suede belt by Alexander McQueen to cinch in her waist. She pulled her hair into a half-up style, which was extremely flattering with the Hobbs blouse.
Catherine presented the final award of the evening to 11-year-old Bailey Dunne. The dedication shown by Bailey, his fellow award recipients, and the Place2Be organization is an incredible asset to the local communities of the United Kingdom. Before the event ended, the Duchess of Cambridge presented Place2Be’s Founder and Chief Executive – Benita Refson – with a surprise award as thanks for her amazing organization.