The Princess of Wales has revealed how her youngest son Prince Louis and his classmates use a ‘feelings wheel’ to express their emotions. Hosting a symposium where the findings of new research from her Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood were unveiled, Kate, 41, told TV’s Fearne Cotton, who presented the event, about Lambrook School’s technique.
The royal mother-of-three, dressed in an elegant Emilia Wickstead purple suit, revealed her five-year-old son has taken part in her study for early years and said: ‘Louis’ class, they came back with a feelings wheel, it’s really good.
‘… These are five or six-year-olds, and going with names or pictures of a colour that represents how they feel that day, so there is a real keenness in school particularly to get involved in conversations.’
A feelings wheel is often a circle that displays colour-coded ‘core’ emotions – ones that are more easily expressed – at the centre, with more complex or ‘secondary’ emotions around these. Children are encouraged to try and pinpoint their feelings.
Kate, who launched her early years Shaping Us campaign in January, later delivered a keynote speech at the occasion at the Design Museum in London, attended by child and adult specialists and global thinkers.
In her address, she said: ‘We must acknowledge and address the root cause of some of today’s toughest social challenges and work together to find better answers.’
Ahead of the speech, she told TV’s Fearne, a Shaping Us champion, that she felt ‘nervous’ but ‘excited’.
Said to be Kate’s ‘life’s work’, the Shaping Us project aims to highlight the significance of the formative years of a child’s life. She hopes it will influence attitudes towards children in the early years period of their lives.
Looking effortlessly elegant, Kate paired her power suit – which she previously wore to Northern Ireland in September 2021 – with dazzling sapphire and diamond earrings as well as purple heels.
She styled her hair in bouncy waves and opted for a smattering of glamorous makeup to complete her sophisticated look following a late night at King Charles’ 75th birthday party at Clarence House.