For tonight’s Action on Addiction gala dinner, the Duchess was in a piece we’ve seen before.
The gala dinner is in recognition of Addiction Awareness Week, June 10-16. The event is designed to showcase the different elements of addiction and to engage people and families affected by addiction, as well as raise public awareness. Below, Kate being escorted into tonight’s gala under an umbrella by Lord-Lieutenant of London Sir Kenneth Olisa.
The Duchess has been the organization’s royal patron since January 2012. Action on Addiction is the only UK addiction charity working across all the areas of research, treatment, family support and professional education. In his People story, Simon Perry reports that
“Action on Addiction is ….something that she spoke about with locals in Cumbria on Tuesday. Simon Morsby, who has recovered from drug use and is now part of the Cumbria Drug and Alcohol Service, told PEOPLE, “I felt I could have talk to her for an hour and she would have wanted to do so too. I was really impressed.”
Tonight’s function was hosted at London’s Spring restaurant by the charity and restaurant owner and head chef Skye Gyngell. I believe we see her below with the Duchess.
Before the dinner, Kate chatted with former Action on Addiction clients Jay Otty and Melanie Bennett, who worked on tonight’s meal. The Evening Express reports that Mr. Otty “…has been sober for nine years after participating in the charity’s self-help and addiction recovery programme, and now works as front of house staff at The Brink – a dry bar in Liverpool.” The Duchess visited The Brink bar in 2012 when she spent a day in the city.
The Express piece also notes that Ms. Bennett “…was helped by the charity’s recovery programme after she struggled with substance abuse following the death of her father.”
Simon Perry updates us on tonight’s menu: “The dinner started with a salad made with radishes, carrots, broad beans, stracciatella, and verbena oil. After a main course of River Test trout, lemon cake with elderflower cream and gooseberries was served for dessert.
Kate delivered opening remarks at the event. Below, the Duchess on her way to the podium.
Here you see her with Graham Beech, the charity’s Chief Executive.
Kate spoke about the organization and how her time as its patron has inspired other elements of her work.
Action on Addiction was one of my very first patronages, and as such, it is very close to my heart. And in some ways, it was the catalyst for my interest in early childhood development too.
It is vital that we support everyone who cares for children in those formative years, especially if we want to help with the inter-generational cycle of addiction.
What’s remarkable about Action on Addiction is that it goes beyond helping those who are suffering on the courageous journey into recovery – it also lends direct support to the children and families affected by addiction – for as long as it takes.
You can read the entire text of Kate’s speech here.
Others attending tonight’s gala included Ronnie Woods and his wife, Sally Humphreys.
Now for our look at what Kate wore this evening.
She was in a dress by Barbara Casasola that was first worn in July 2016 for the Art Fund Museum of the Year awards. From our original post: “The Tribal Dress is crafted from a stretch jersey material, a viscose/poly blend that hugs the figure. It is an off the shoulder design featuring multiple fabric panels, a front zipper, wide waistband, three-quarter sleeves, and a fluted skirt.”
While not everyone was crazy about this when first worn, it was very popular, thus my use of the term fan favorite in the post title.
Kate also brought back her Dégradé Glitter Pumps ($725) that were first noted at the BAFTA awards in February. The shoe is actually the classic Jimmy Choo Romy 100 style, embellished with shimmering crystals.
Kate carried a new handbag, the Charlie Classic Silk Clutch in the Steel colorway (£205, roughly $260 at today’s exchange rates). The piece is 100% silk with a jeweled clasp featuring an ornate bee.
Many thanks to Laura for her speedy identification of the bag.
Kate also wore the Kiki McDonough ‘Lola’ Blue Topaz earrings, a pair we’ve not seen for several years as pointed out by Gabi.
In unrelated news, Kate will make an appearance on the BBC children’s show Blue Peter tomorrow (Thursday, 6/13), where she will launch a competition for children to design a sculpture for the garden she is working on for RHS garden at Wisley, open in September. More from The Telegraph’s story:
The Duchess of Cambridge has turned her hand to being a Blue Peter presenter, as she joins the landmark television programme to lure Britain’s children outdoors with pond dipping and den building.
The programme will see the Duchess speak about the importance of outdoor play, confessing her own children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are “dragged outside” come “rain or shine”.
A seven-and-a-half minute segment of the show, which is broadcast on CBBC, sees the Duchess introduced as a “gold Blue Peter badge-holder” before taking part in three outdoor activities children can try at home.
Below, Kate with Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell.
The news was detailed on the Kensington Palace Instagram page tonight, along with a brief clip.
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⛺️📺🍃 The Duchess of Cambridge has joined forces with @CBBC show Blue Peter, the longest running children’s TV programme in the world, to get stuck in with pond dipping, planting and team den building with local children and Blue Peter presenter @LindseyJRussell. Swipe to watch a preview of the show. The Duchess wants to highlight the benefits of the great outdoors and inspire children, families and communities to get back to nature. She is a strong advocate for the importance of early years and the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development. Our followers in the UK can tune in to watch the special film on @CBBC at 5.30pm on Thursday 13th June. #BluePeter
Blue Peter is the longest running children’s TV program in the world, according to Kensington Palace. Below, the Duchess in a den built by the children as part of a contest.
In the UK the program starts airing tomorrow at 5:3opm local time and runs through Tuesday, June 25. I checked Britbox to see if that service offers Blue Peter but did not see it on the program schedule.
It is not the first time a member of the Royal Family has appeared on the show. In 2017, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were awarded a gold badge on the show for their campaigning work for mental health with Prince William joking that he would “compare” his with that given to his grandmother the Queen for her golden jubilee.
Here is a quick clip of Kate and William when they visited the Blue Peter set back in December 2017.
In the courtesy photos from the program, it looks like the Duchess might have taped this yesterday before the Cumbria engagements. She is wearing the same Troy London Tracker jacket, Kiki McDonough earrings, and shirt with distinctive pie crust collar that we saw for the Keswick visit and walkabout. In the second photo, you can see she is in a pair of sneakers that appear to be another Superga style, the Cotu 2750 in a color called Sherwood Gum ($59). It is a distinctive look with the contrast of the vulcanized gum sole (thus its name) against the olive/khaki green of the shoe’s canvas upper.
This Royal Family Channel piece runs about 3 minutes and includes Kate’s remarks.
Here is a 17-second clip from the show via reporter Omid Scobie’s Twitter feed.
Also in the episode, which airs Thursday on the @cbbc network, Kate plants flowers with the children and joins them for a den building challenge. “I love it, but I am in your hands,” she said as she prepared to gather sticks⛺️ pic.twitter.com/TajmSdWLQp
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) June 12, 2019
- Learn more about Action on Addiction at the charity’s website here; the organization’s Facebook page is here; it’s Twitter feed is here; the Instagram page is here;
- Read the entire text of Kate’s speech here; the Addiction Awareness Week site is here; a Twitter feed is here
- The Daily Mail’s story is here; The Mirror’s piece is here; an Express article is here; the full Evening Express piece quoted above is here
- Simon Perry’s piece for People is here; a PopSugar gallery is here; the Fug Girl post and slideshow may be seen here
- The CBBC Facebook page is here; The Telegraph‘s story about the Blue Peter show is here; Victoria Murphy’s piece for Town and Country is here, and it has a 1-minute clip from the program