Today marked the first official engagements of 2017 for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with events marking the importance of children and families having the critical support they need to thrive.
The day started with the Duchess attending solo events at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. While visiting the AFNCCF, Kate got to experience firsthand the amazing work of the Early Years Parenting Unit. The Early Years Parenting Unit aims to keep families together and help parents become more responsive to their children’s needs.
The AFNCCF clarified the important work of the Early Years Parenting Unit on their website. Opened in April 2011, the EYPU offers an assessment and treatment programme for groups of parents with personality disorders, and their children under five years, who are at risk of being taken into care. The treatment seeks to address the parents’ personality disorders; children’s developmental needs; and the parent-child relationship. The ultimate aim is to keep families together, and help parents become more aware of, and responsive to, their children’s needs, leading to more emotionally attuned parenting.
The Duchess then met with families who have benefited from another service of the AFNCCF, Parent Infant Psychotherapy (PIP). The PIP service supports expecting and new parents, placing the relationship between parent and baby at its centre, acknowledging the need to understand and to make sense of the impact that the baby has on the parent and vice-versa.
Following her visit at the AFNCCF, Kate met up with William for a joint event at the Child Bereavement UK Centre in Stratford where they participated in a ‘Memory Jar’ activity in a Support Group session. William & Kate joined youngsters making memory jars for those they have lost.
The Cambridges then cut a cake to celebrate the one year anniversary of the charity’s branch.
For the day’s events, Kate wore a new coat from a label we have seen on her before, Eponine London. Kate chose a royal blue dress from the line’s Autumn/Winter 2016 collection, known on the designer’s site as “1208“.
She paired the new coatdress with her Muse clutch by Stuart Weitzman, navy Rupert Sanderson heels, Cartier watch and sapphire earrings.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on this new look for Kate!