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A New Beulah London Dress for Family Action Engagement

The Duchess was in a dress by Beulah London for today’s Family Action engagement.

A video of Kate arriving from Richard Palmer of The Express.

It was sunny with temps in the mid-40s before rain and snow arrived in the afternoon.

Kate being welcomed.

This wasn’t the Duchess’s first Family Action engagement. She visited a children’s center in November 2017 and learned more about the agency’s work.

Kate laughing as she was introduced to staff today. On the left, Family Action CEO David Holmes. 

Mr. Holmes is also on the steering committee for the bigger project Kate is working on, a comprehensive effort to improve care for infants and children. Kensington Palace noted the Duchess is “currently driving a research project to establish what more can be done in (sic) across the UK to give children their best possible start in life.”

In his story for People, Simon Perry explains more about the longterm project:

Last year, Kate, 37, quietly brought together practitioners and academics from the worlds of neuroscience, mental health, nursing, perinatal care and education to form a new steering group. They have met several times behind the scenes to discuss what can be done to make a positive difference to the lives of children by focusing on their earliest stage of life, from pre-birth to infancy.

Her hope for early intervention to help youngsters has been at the heart of Kate’s work on addiction, mental health and young people’s well-being.

Kate was at Family Action to officially launch FamilyLine, a national service offering help for parents and caregivers via email, texts, or a phone call. In her story for The Telegraph Hannah Furness reports Family Line is “…for anyone struggling with aspects of family life, from parenting and relationship difficulties to mental health and wellbeing.”

Here you see Kate in a coaching session for those responding to Family Line questions.  

Family Action says “We are here to provide a listening ear, answer those particular parenting questions or help with guidance around more complex issues. We can also provide longer-term support through regular sessions with our befrienders and counsellors. All via telephone, text message or email for free.”

A quick video from the training session.

The session was focused on maternal mental health, and the Duchess spoke candidly about parenting.

More from this People story (the first paragraph quotes Kate):

“It’s so hard. You get a lot of support with the baby as a mother particularly in the early days, but after the age of 1 it falls away,” she said during her visit. “After that there isn’t a huge amount — lots of books to read.”

Deidre, from Islington, north London, and her aunt, Dawn Daley, 46, told Kate how Family Action had helped them as they struggled to look after Deidre’s two children who both have a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis.

“She was saying we were brave to be able to speak about our stories and come out and speak about what’s happening with us. She was very compassionate. I was scared – should I curtsy, should I say Ma’am. But from the time she walked in there was this presence and everyone just felt at ease.”

In one of the meetings, the Duchess was positioned by a glass door, creating a mirrored effect in photos.

Kate spent time with very young caregivers and heard about the challenges they face balancing school and care responsibilities. The agency’s young carers services help them cope with the pressures on themselves and their families, to meet other young carers, and focus on their own wellbeing and future, as well as, the members of their family they help care for.

She also watched Family Monsters, a 1:30 video that is part of the Family Monsters Project highlighting “the hidden ‘monsters’ that many families face, such as debt, addiction, lack of time together, relationship issues and mental health issues.”

It’s a great piece, and well worth viewing. CEO David Holmes said that Kate’s “support will encourage many more families to talk about their ‘family monsters’.”

The campaign helps mark the charity’s 150th anniversary.  The charity notes it has been “building stronger families since 1869, and today work with over 45,000 families through over 135 community-based services. Thousands more are supported with financial assistance through education and welfare grants programmes.”

As she was leaving Kate was given flowers by 13-year-old Helena, who is a caregiver for her mother and receives support from Family Action programs.

A wave and a smile from the Duchess.

Victoria Murphy tweeted a video of Kate leaving.

Now for our look at what Kate wore, starting with her Beulah London dress.

The Duchess was in a bespoke version of the Yahvi dress ($770).

Crafted of 100% wool crepe, the midi-length piece features a darted bodice, fitted waist, puffed sleeves, a full skirt and distinctive button detailing at the left hip.

Kate’s dress does not have the fluted sleeve seen in other versions of the frock. In this image, you can see the three buttons spaced out starting at the sleeve hem.

The Duchess wore her Gianvito Rossi olive pumps. They are a basic point toe style with an 85mm heel height, that is just under 3.5″.  

She carried the Dora clutch by LK Bennett. The bag measures roughly 21″ x 10″ and comes with a goldtone metal chain to use as a shoulder strap if so inclined.

The bag is available in navy velvet (on sale for $142.50) and powder blue suede ($285) on the LK Bennett US siteOn LK Bennett’s UK site the clutch is offered in poppy red (£119, roughly $150 at today’s exchange rates), as well as dark pink (£119), mint leaf (£175), and powder blue (£175).  

Kate’s hair was down and curled.

She had on her Gold & Diamond Hoops paired with Green Amethyst Cushion Drops, both by Kiki McDonough.

Here is a 2-minute video from ITN’s Royal Family Channel.

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BlondieBlue Eye Eight

Sunday 27th of January 2019

Question to Admin. Isn’t there a protocol about wearing a coat to a function, I believe you need to keep the coat on at the event. So if do wear a coat to event, it needs to stay on, that is one reason why Kate wears coat dresses or not a coat at all. Please advise. Thank you, I am curious. ?

Please delete the first one I sent the auto correct, does not work right all the time, I think it has a mind of it’s own.

admin

Sunday 27th of January 2019

Hi, and thank you for commenting. There isn't any guideline or protocol saying one's coat has to stay on. There have been instances where Kate arrived in a dress and coat and removed the coat. She is known to leave her coat on inside at many functions and events; I believe it is just a matter of her personal preference. A good example is the annual Festival of Remembrance, where the Duchess generally keeps her coat on for the entire event. Here's an example from the 2017 Festival, you will see other women have removed their coats and are in dresses/suits: https://whatkatewore.com/2017/11/11/kate-catherine-walker-festival-remembrance/ This year Kate wore a dress; we don't know if she arrived with a coat over it or not. All of this is a long way of saying there is no protocol that a coat can't be removed. There was a media story about a year ago or so suggesting that it wasn't proper for a royal to be seen removing an item of clothing, such as a coat. That isn't the case, but the story blew up and received lots of attention. Hope this is helpful! :)

pca

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

IMHO, this ensemble is a huge win. While I prefer the sleeves and the lack of belt on the model, the revised sleeves and the belt make this dress a solid business choice that looks perfect on the DofC. Attractive, great color, clean lines, appropriate, perfect for royal business. Accessories on point. And once again, she looks so happy and truly engaged and caring.

Sherrie B

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

Love the dress; a very classic look. This reminds me of how I dressed for work in the 1980s. The green is lovely on Kate but as others have mentioned the accessories are not quite right. A warm saddle brown, camel or even cream would have worked well.

sue d

Friday 25th of January 2019

Yes it reminded of what I wore to work in 80's -----to look serious and very classic!

Barbara

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

I really like this dress, especially with the changes the Duchess made. The flared sleeves, longer length, and undefined waist look a little dowdy on the model. On Kate, with her changes, we have an elegant, professional dress that allows the wearer to shine. I love the button detail on the side of the skirt. Thank you for the information on the Duchess's steering group working on early intervention strategies for children and families. Parenting is the toughest job in the world and the early years are so important.

Amelie

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

This dress is fine, not exciting but overall a nice professional look that doesn't go into dowdy territory for me. I'm glad she lost the bell sleeves, they are just so fussy looking. Not a fan of the belt with this dress, it looks odd paired with this dress. I know she's worn it before, but I can't remember its details because it's not included in the post (don't feel the need to edit the post, she's worn this belt often enough!).

It also seems like Kate got the shoulders of the dress altered. She is really loving the puffy shoulder look and I wish she'd let it go. It does make the dress look a bit dated which I didn't notice at first.

Dulcenena14

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

I don’t understand the puffy sleeves either. Very dated look. But she wears it so often I wonder if she is trying to make it her signature look?

Stacey

Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

I think the belt would've looked really nice if her handbag matched it...bringing the entire ensemble together.