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The Duchess of Cambridge attends Action on Addiction Autumn Gala Evening

The Duchess of Cambridge attends Action on Addiction Autumn Gala Evening

This evening, the Duchess of Cambridge attended an Autumn Gala Evening in support of her patronage Action on Addiction. The black tie dinner and reception was held at L’anima, an upscale, award-winning restaurant in London.


Catherine became patron of Action on Addiction in January 2012. One of her first patronages, the charity “is the only UK charity working across the addiction field in research, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, professional workforce development, professional education and support for families and children.” To learn more about Action on Addiction, catch up on our Charity Spotlight.


The Duchess has worked very closely with Action on Addiction during her royal engagements, often visiting the charity’s services including a visit to a treatment center house and launching the MPACT program. The purpose of tonight’s event is to thank supporters and encourage further contribution to the charity’s work.


The Duchess of Cambridge arrived on the hot pink carpet around 7PM. Catherine enjoyed pre-dinner entertainment, including a piano performance, a speech by the Charity’s Chair, John Lloyd, and a performance by impersonator and comedian Rory Bremner. She mingled with guests, charity volunteers and staff in the restaurant’s event space.


Nick Barton, Chief Executive of Action on Addiction, said in a press release: “The Duchess of Cambridge has shown unwavering support of the Charity and we are delighted that our Patron is able to attend the Autumn Gala Evening. We are enormously grateful that Her Royal Highness has helped us to keep addiction very much in the spotlight by her involvement to help reduce the stigma surrounding the condition. The Charity’s mission is to free people from addiction and we hope this evening will help us to make further progress in achieving that aim.”


Kate opted for a stunning cocktail dress for this evening’s reception. The Temperley London “Emblem Flare Dress” is described as: “long-sleeved dress is inspired by stained glass ironwork and woven from a lightweight cotton-blend yarn. Delicate panels expose the nude slip, adding an edge to this feminine piece. The design is finished with a slashed neckline and a scoop back.” It is still available for $795.


The Duchess accessorized with her black suede Jimmy Choo “Cosmic” heels and carried a sparkly, beaded clutch handbag. She opted for diamond earrings – a wedding gift from Prince Charles – to add a little glitter to the outfit.


In tonight’s program, the Duchess of Cambridge wrote that the work of Action on Addiction “is simply life changing and I could not be more proud to be their patron.” Action on Addiction is a favorite for many royal watchers, and we could not agree more with Catherine’s sentiments. A wonderful charity was supported tonight by this wonderful event!

The Duchess of Cambridge attends the 2014 Wildlife Photography Awards

The Duchess of Cambridge attends the 2014 Wildlife Photography Awards

The evening, the Duchess of Cambridge attended the 50th Annual Wildlife Photography Awards at the Natural History Museum in London. The Duchess of Cambridge has been patron of the Natural History Museum since April 2013, and her support for both the museum and these awards demonstrates her dedication to wildlife conservation and nature preservation. #457611604Continue Reading

Monthly Mental Health: Art Therapy and The Art Room

Monthly Mental Health: Art Therapy and The Art Room

Last week, the Duchess of Cambridge unfortunately had to miss an event at The Art Room, one of her patronages. The event was to mark the opening of the Clore Art Room at Barlby Primary School in London and Kate sent a lovely note to the organization, apologizing for her absence due to continued illnessContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: The HER Foundation

Charity Spotlight: The HER Foundation

As you all know by now, the royal-watching community is buzzing with the exciting news that came from the Clarence House last Monday. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting Royal Baby Number 2! But with that exciting news came a bit of sad news as well. The Duchess is once again suffering fromContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: Only Connect

Charity Spotlight: Only Connect

Only Connect is a charity intended to create a positive community for prisoners, ex-prisoners, and at-risk young people to help them find their value. They do this through six different programs across London that provide training, support, and creative opportunities. These programs not only help the people involved but are intended to provide contributions toContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: The Imperial College Healthcare Charity

Charity Spotlight: The Imperial College Healthcare Charity

The Imperial College Healthcare Charity is an organization that raises and manages charitable funds for the five hospitals in the Imperial College Healthcare Trust. These hospitals are Charting Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, St. Mary’s, and Western Eye. Their aim in raising funds for these hospitals is to improve the experience of their patientsContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: PeacePlayers International

Charity Spotlight: PeacePlayers International

PeacePlayers International (PPI) is an organization aimed at bridging gaps and bringing children together in communities in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Israel, and Cyprus. They do this through a “peacebuilding-and-leadership development curriculum” that teaches them various tactics for improving their individual communities. Their mission is “to unite, educate and inspire young people in divided communities”Continue Reading

Charity Spotlight: BeatBullying

Charity Spotlight: BeatBullying

BeatBullying is an organization that seeks to create an online support forum for young people experiencing bullying, either on the Internet or in school. What makes BeatBullying unique is that they use highly-trained young people as their mentors. That means that if a student or other young person seeks help by registering on the site,Continue Reading

Charity Spotlight: Together For Short Lives

Charity Spotlight: Together For Short Lives

The Association for Children’s Palliative Care, now called Together For Short Lives, is a charity for children with life-threatening conditions and the people who support them. They work closely with hospitals and children’s hospices by raising funds to support and sustain their work with the children. Their primary goals are for every child and theirContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: The Royal Foundation

Charity Spotlight: The Royal Foundation

The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry was established in 2009 by William and Harry and became fully operational in 2011 when Kate joined as an official patron. The purpose of The Royal Foundation is to act as a vehicle for their individual philanthropic endeavors. The foundation has aContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: The Tusk Trust

Charity Spotlight: The Tusk Trust

The Tusk Trust began in 1990 as the African elephant population was approaching extinction due to excessive poaching for ivory found in their tusks. What began as an organization committed to ending this poaching quickly grew into an organization that pledged to invest in the future of Africa. Tusk does this by raising money toContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: The National Portrait Gallery

Charity Spotlight: The National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery was founded in 1856 to promote British history through portraits. The museum has an extensive collection of portraits they display in their London gallery and a number of other locations around the United Kingdom. They are supported by both the government and donors. The Gallery states that their goal is toContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: Naomi House

Charity Spotlight: Naomi House

Naomi House is an organization that provides hospices to young children with life-threatening conditions. They have locations around England and provide respite care, end-of-life care, emergency support, and bereavement support to the children and their families. These hospices are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and they only receive ten percent ofContinue Reading