Place2Be is one of Kate’s patronages; it provides emotional support in school-based settings for children attending primary and secondary schools. It is one of the charities under the umbrella of the Heads Together initiative started by Kate, William and Harry. From The Evening Standard’s story:
When she arrived the Duchess said she was “honoured” to be attend these very special Place2Be Awards.
Kate said “all of us” need help during their lifetime and that is why future King William, herself and Prince Harry set up the Heads Together campaign. “We want to end the stigma surroundings mental health that stops people getting the help that and suppport that they so desperately need,” she said.
Kate spoke with parents, students, educators and Place2Be personnel at tonight’s function.
Kate meeting some of the finalists for this evening’s awards.
The event in London this evening aims to recognise children and young people who have been inspiring examples of positive mental health in their schools.
The awards gala was held at Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London.
In a speech at the ceremony the Duchess praised the inspiring finalists and the ‘remarkable’ work being done by Place2Be in support of children’s mental health.
Here you see Kate giving the Child Champion Award to Cerys, who has helped pupils to overcome anger.
These photos from Rebecca English of The Daily Mail offer a little closer look at the Duchess’s dress.
As you have no doubt already realized, Kate wore the same dress from Preen that she wore in red on the Canada tour.
It is the ‘Finella,’ and we show it at Net-a-Porter. The dress is made of a heavy material that Preen describes as its “signature body-sculpting Matte Stretch Satin.” The Finella also showcases box pleats in the skirt, an exposed back zipper, pleated bodice, asymmetrical neckline and off-the-shoulder styling.
Here is how the two ensembles look side by side.
The black Finella is available at Browns in most sizes (£1000), as well as in some sizes at Net-a-Porter ($1715). The red version of the dress remains available in limited sizing at Matches Fashion ($1332) and on the Preen website as well (£999).
Kate wore another new pair of shoes this evening, the Prada Wavy-Cut Suede Pump. The shoe is black suede with a pointed toe, 3.3″ heel, low-dipped collar and the distinctive wave cutouts.
The style also came in a rich red shade; I believe the original selling price was $750. Unfortunately, the heels are no longer available.
The Duchess had on a shimmering pair of diamond earrings we hadn’t seen before.
It turns out the earrings have been worn previously, although not by Kate. (At least not that we know of.) Below you see HM at the State Opening of Parliament in May of 2012.
Anna of My Small Obsessions identified the earrings as the pair previously worn by the Queen, but she notes there doesn’t seem to be any background information on the pair.
Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault describes the earrings as “This pair of diamond pendant earrings includes a pendant of separate stones hanging within a diamond frame.”
The belt is from the same season as Kate’s Temperley London ‘Noa’ coat, first seen at Remembrance Sunday 2013.
Our thanks to Kate J on the WKW Facebook page, and also Annabelle G on Twitter, for identifying the belt.
We’ll leave you with a few photos that show off the Queen’s earrings.
And a brief video.
- Learn more about Place2Be by visiting its website here, its Facebook page here, or its Twitter feed here.
- Click here to see the full text of Kate’s remarks at this evening’s awards presentation
- The Daily Mail‘s story is here; The Evening Standard’s story is here; The Daily Mirror’s story is here; The Express story is here
- The Daily Mirror’s fashion story is here; PopSugar’s photo galleries are here and here