The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Brookhill Children’s Centre in Greenwich. Her visit raised awareness for the UK charity Home Start.
The Home Start website says that their services help “families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children.”
Along with family groups and social events, such as this morning’s coffee morning, Home Start provides one-on-one support to new parents through the early years of parenthood. They provide emotional support, expert parenting advice, resources, and build supportive resources with the children.
While the Duchess of Cambridge is not a royal patron of Home Start, they originally had a very important royal patron – Diana, the Princess of Wales. The Duchess of Cambridge has not announced her plans to become patron of the organization, but is using her high profile to raise awareness for the very important charity.
Today, the Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the Brookhill Children’s Centre bright and early. She met with the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Home-Start UK’s chief executive, Rob Parkinson and the centre’s manager, Dawn Brown. Mr. Parkinson and Ms. Brown briefed the Duchess on the charity’s work in the community.
Catherine joined in a coffee morning with families and children supported by the local Home Start program. Many mothers, fathers, and little ones joined her to share their experiences with the charity. The Duchess of Cambridge also viewed a volunteer training session. Volunteers are extremely qualified and well-trained before ever entering a family’s home. Today, the training focused on “practical and emotional support in a family’s home to help children make the most of nursery or school.”
Kate also visited the Together for Twos’ creche, a nursery for two-year-old children in the local community. She met with volunteers, staff, and children in the program. The Duchess was presented with a hand painted card from the children in the creche.
During the event, the Duchess of Cambridge let us in on an important detail on her pregnancy – Her Royal Highness has confirmed that she is due “mid- to late-April.” This confirms our estimations of an April 24 due date.
The Duchess of Cambridge looked positively adorable today in a polka dot faux wrap dress from ASOS. The dress retailed for $63 but – you guessed it – it is now sold out. The dress was extremely flattering on Her Royal Highness. If you are devastated to have missed out, fear not: ASOS is known to restock Kate’s dresses.
Upon arrival, Kate wore a black coat trimmed in a fringed ruffle. This coat has been a long mystery for Royal Watchers. Today, the lovely Rebecca English from the Daily Mail confirmed that the coat was made by Catherine’s private dress maker.
For accessories, the Duchess of Cambridge wore her black suede Stuart Weitzman “Power” pumps – a favorite of hers lately – and carried her matching Mulberry clutch. Her jewels were extra sparkly and lovely today. She opted to wear her Mappin & Webb “Fortune” necklace, Cartier “Ballon Bleu” watch, and Kiki McDonough pink morganite drop earrings.
Overall, the Duchess of Cambridge clearly enjoyed her visit today. While there are no plans to become patron, a royal patronage of Home Start would be a wonderful asset to Kate’s current charitable endeavors. We loved seeing her interact with the parents and children!
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