She was there in her role as Patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA).
Her patronage was announced this past May. More from ITV’s story.
The MMHA is a UK-wide charity and network of more than 100 organisations, working to ensuring women and families affected by perinatal mental problems have access to high-quality comprehensive care and support.
The Princess took part in a mothers and babies group.
More from Hello’s coverage.
She said: “I think more places like this would be so valuable in communities, bringing people together.” The Princess also told one mum: “It’s fantastic what’s being done here. It’s not about having more services, it’s actually about being able to integrate them.”
Another mother, Saher Hussain, who was there with her 12-month-old daughter Hanna, said she had suffered from post-natal depression but struggled to get support when she had lived in the nearby borough of Harrow. “I was so scared it would happen again and, unfortunately, it did,” she said. “But it’s been a lot easier to find the support in Hillingdon.”
A video from Rebecca English of The Daily Mail.
The princess was at Kate was at Colman Manor Children’s Centre to see how mothers experiencing a variety of problems ranging from loneliness to post-natal depression, addiction and brushes with the law can get help from experts and volunteers. pic.twitter.com/wgkCQHTDIL
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) November 9, 2022
Colham Manor was selected for today’s engagement as an example of how the borough’s integrated efforts help mothers and families.
The Princess also spent time speaking with representatives of charities working with perinatal mental health issues.
The Daily Mail’s coverage has more.
The royal went on to meet representatives from agencies working across perinatal services including specialist psychiatry staff, midwives, health visitors and social workers for a roundtable discussion.
There, they discussed how the service has developed to meet the needs of the most vulnerable mothers in their community,
Earlier this year, the royal said no mother is ‘immune to experiencing anxiety and depression’ in a video to mark becoming patron of the MMHA.
In a social media post, the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood noted, “Perinatal mental health issues can be devastating for women and their families. Today’s visit showed the importance of compassionate, high-quality support through pregnancy and the early years, which can make all the difference to parents and their babies.”
The Princess was given a lovely bouquet.
There was a darling moment when the Princess arrived as she stopped to talk with Akeem, who is three.
This People article has more.
Appearing not to have any shyness about speaking to a royal, Akeem asked Kate her name. “My name is Catherine,” she told Akeem, who simply replied, “Okay,” prompting laughter from the gathered crowd.
When Akeem showed interest in Kate’s poppy pin, which is worn in remembrance of those who lost their lives in war, she offered for him to have it. “Do you know what this is for?” Kate asked as she took the pin off her coat. “It’s for remembering all the soldiers who died in the war. There you go — that’s for you.”
As Akeem held the poppy, the mom of three made sure to give the pin to his mother, who was standing nearby.
Rhiannon Mills of Sky News posted a video of the encounter.
It’s not everyday you get a poppy from a Princess ???? Akeem who’s 3 was very chatty when Kate unexpectedly stopped to say hello at a maternity mental health visit so she gave him her remembrance poppy. Thanks Liberty from Colham Manor primary and Akeem’s mum for letting me share pic.twitter.com/ykP1wyujtf
— Rhiannon Mills (@SkyRhiannon) November 9, 2022
Following today’s engagement, Kensington Palace posted on Twitter.
A wonderful first visit with the Maternal Mental Health Alliance this morning, seeing its work and the benefit a holistic approach brings to so many mothers and families.
Spending some time with new mothers, understanding more about their experiences of mental health and how integrated services are making a real difference in the community.
Now for our look at what Kate wore today.
The midi-length garment is made of 68% wool, 19% cashmere, and 13% polyamide. The double-breasted style is inspired by military design and features wide lapels, a stand collar, cuff detailing, and a self-belt.
The ribbed-knit dress is also midi-length, with long sleeves and what I would call a mockneck as opposed to a crewneck, as the piece is described online. It is made in a fabric that is 78% polyester and 22% polyamide. The piece is part of Mango’s Committed Collection, made with more sustainable fibers and processes. Mango says that in 2020, 19% of its polyester-composed garments were made with recycled polyester; they cite a goal of 50% recycled polyester use by 2025. (Read more on the company’s practices here.)
Thoughts on the look from this British Vogue story.
What do Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Sienna Miller and the Princess of Wales have in common? They’re all fans of a knitted midi-dress. To visit a children’s centre in Middlesex on Wednesday afternoon, Kate selected a sleek ribbed dress in khaki green, and styled it under a belted coat in a similar shade.
The Princess frequently mixes affordable pieces with her Alexander McQueen formalwear and Jimmy Choo heels, but her latest high-street find is from a retailer that’s especially popular with the street-style set: Mango. Camille Charrière just unveiled a collaboration with the brand, and celebrities from Sienna to Selena Gomez have been snapped wearing its pieces.
The Princess brought back her ‘Palace’ Handbag by Jimmy Choo (no longer available) that was first noted when carried in Galway in March 2020. The leather bag has a croc-embossed design, measures roughly 8″ x 5″ and comes with a detachable strap so it can be carried as a crossbody or shoulder bag.
She also repeated her Gianvito Rossi 85 point-toe pumps in dark olive suede.
With thanks to Middleton Maven, her belt looks very much like Ralph Lauren’s Crocodile-Stamped Leather Belt (£149, about $170 at today’s exchange rates). The leather belt features a crocodile-embossed print with a double-prong buckle, and it measures about 1.25″ wide.
The Princess wore her hair down today.
And her Kiki McDonough Classic Citrine Pear Drop Earrings (£550, roughly $630).
The Princess also wore a poppy on both her coat and her dress.
Also today, updates on Saturday’s ensemble. You may remember we did not have a firm ID on the boots worn by the Princess.
Today Middleton Maven shared news from Gianvito Rossi that the boots are a custom-made design.
The skirt worn by the Princess is similar to this CO Pleated Skirt ($695) in a color called Cabernet, with thanks to Laura for the tip. There was also a Zara past-season skirt that was mentioned, but unfortunately, I forgot to bookmark it and now cannot find the info or photos. If I do find it, I will add it to the post.
The Royal Family Channel shares more than three minutes of video from today’s engagement.