On Tuesday Kate Middleton went out on a surprise visit, meeting up with the community in Southwark south London that helps parents and their young children at PACT (Parents and Children Together). This group was created after parents, community and faith leaders identified mental health issues and isolation as the biggest challenges that affect the ability of to parents give their children the best start in life. Since then the project has expanded to Leeds and Newcastle.
The Duchess met with volunteers and attendees during their weekly MumSpace group, which provides support for local parents and a place to discuss any challenges they might be currently facing.
Kate, as a mom of three those being Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis- was in the zone during this engagement with both fellow parents and their young children. The royal knelt down to talk with the kids and even joined them as they worked on a food project: making fruit kebabs.
“One of the key takeaways was how local support networks are such a core principle in giving parents the confidence and resilience to support their children,” Kate’s office at Kensington Palace said of the visit. “It’s such a great example of best practice in leveraging the power of communities for support of one another.”
For this surprise visit, the Duchess looked both professional and elegant with a black top and trousers paired with a grey blazer. She finished off her look with simple pearl earrings and a round pendant necklace.
One of the biggest areas that Kate has supported and focused her royal work is on childhood, working with many organizations and projects that try to provide children with the best possible start to life. Last year she launched the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, whose goal is to “raise awareness of why the first five years of life are just so important for our future life outcomes, and what we can do as a society to embrace this golden opportunity to create a happier, more mentally healthy, more nurturing society.”
Last week Kate revealed that she will be taking her project abroad for the first time. The Duchess will be visiting Denmark on February 22 and 23. The announcement came as a video posted on the official Kensington Palace account which showed her playing with LEGO before creating a Danish flag from the bricks, a fitting choice as the popular children’s toys originate from that Scandinavian country. The post was simply signed off with a “C” for Catherine and “På starlight gensyn,” which translates to “see you soon.”