On Wednesday morning, Prince William and Kate have carried out their first royal engagement of the year. The couple visited the Foundling Museum, which tells the story of the 18th-century Foundling Hospital — the U.K.’s first children’s charity which was founded in 1739 as a home for children whose mothers couldn’t keep or care for them.
Soon after arriving, Prince William and Kate took part in a roundtable discussion with experts about foster care in the United Kingdom and how to help those in the system and support them during challenges they may face after, such as in their careers, issues pertaining to housing, addiction and mental health.
It’s lovely to be back at the @FoundlingMuseum and see how they’re continuing to help to transform the lives of young people, but also hear some of the difficulties that care leavers have faced over the years including during the pandemic. pic.twitter.com/tSGqCiaruj— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) January 19, 2022
They also spoke with individuals who have experience of the care system, including poet Lemn Sissay, former track and field athlete Kriss Akabusi, and writer Allan Jenkins.
The couple will meet a group of young care leavers to hear about some of the challenges they have encountered, and the impact of the support and training they are receiving through the Foundling Museum’s Tracing Our Tales programme.
Kate, who has a longstanding interest in both the arts and supporting vulnerable families, has been named patron of the Foundling Museum in 2019.
For the outing today, she chose a black polo neck and recycled a peacock blue wool winter coat and her favourite pair Jigsaw trousers.
Prince William and Kate’s first royal outing of the year comes just days after Prince Andrew, was stripped of his military, royal titles amid his ongoing sexual assault case.
And on the way out of the Foundling Museum, William was asked a question about that topic. He remained tight-lipped as he was asked: “Do you support Andrew?”