Kate was in a navy ensemble for today’s visit to a Place2Be forum on “Resilience and Emotional Strength in Schools”.
Kate is Patron of the organization, it offers support to help children cope with the many issues they face in today’s world. Some may recall that the Duchess took part in a Place2Be event in April of this year.
For today’s engagement she wore an Orla Kiely Crepe skirt, a style from the spring/summer 2012 collection.
Many thanks to Anna of My Small Obsessions for her help on the skirt. The top worn by the Duchess is a Max Mara piece.
As of this writing (8pm EST Weds. Nov. 20) the exact style hasn’t yet been discovered.
Kate sported a pair navy gloves we’ve not seen previously. They are *very* similar to the Cornelia James gloves worn frequently by the Duchess, but the way the bow is knotted is just a bit different.
Today Kate’s hair was partially pulled back, revealing her Annoushka pearl drop earrings. The photo below right is also from that 2012 Tour.
The blue pumps worn today are the pair attributed by many to Alexander McQueen.
Kate was so interested in today’s activities she ended staying an hour longer than expected at the forum. A local school’s children performed several songs for the Duchess.
Place2Be offers services in more than 200 schools, helping 75,000 children. More on today’s event from the Daily Mail, quoting Professor Tanya Byron:
She’s genuinely engaged with the issues. She has given us such a seal of approval in a very public manner, from a woman who is loved by the public and has become a mother herself.
‘The Duchess was asking questions, and mentioned she was at a meeting yesterday when the issue of sexting came up as well.’
That is just one challenge children face; self-esteem issues, bereavement and loss, bullying, domestic violence, and self harm are some of the others. The organization assists educators, parents and children ages 4 through 14, offering help and support in dealing with difficult situations.
- Learn more about Place2Be by visiting its website or Facebook page, you can also follow the group on Twitter here. This video also provides splendid insight into the organization’s work.
- The Daily Mail’s story is here, The Express story may be read here, The Telegraph coverage is here (including a video)
- ITN’s video story is here
EDITOR’S NOTE: Today’s post is being written at an unfamiliar computer with unfamiliar software, please forgive any technical issues, as well as the brevity. (We have been without power since Tuesday morning, this is being written offsite.)