The Princess of Wales chose tailored separates for the launch of an Early Years business task force today.
The inaugural meeting of the Business Taskforce for Early Childhood took place at NatWest headquarters in London. Above, you see the Princess being welcomed by NatWest CEO Dame Alison Rose. (NatWest Group is a private banking company.)
The organization is described this way on the Royal Foundation site: “Run by business, for business, the Business Taskforce will play an essential role in The Princess of Wales’ work to transform the way in which society prioritises and supports children and the ecosystems around them in their earliest years.”
Its formation follows the late January launch of the Shaping Us campaign, the long-term effort spearheaded by the Princess aimed at changing how society views and treats children in their formative years.
We learn more from Victoria Ward’s Telegraph story.
Nine global firms, including Unilever, Ikea, Aviva, Deloitte, Co-Op and Lego, have already signed up and it is hoped that many more will join.
It is considered the next chapter in the Princess’s Shaping Us campaign, which was launched in January and aims to raise awareness of the critical importance of the first five years of a child’s life.
In the long term, it is hoped that the taskforce will create broad principles about staff wellbeing that big business will adopt.
At today’s meeting, the group discussed why Early Childhood is so critical for business, focusing on ways the business community can build a supportive and nurturing world for children and those who care for them.
Participants viewed a 90-second Shaping Us video, and then remarks were delivered by Dame Alison.
This is a critical issue for the future growth and success of our businesses, our economy and our society.
As business leaders, we have an important responsibility to the colleagues, customers and communities we serve. This Taskforce can deliver positive change by bringing together a wealth of experience across the private sector to help provide the support and resources that young children and their carers need to thrive.
The Princess of Wales delivered a speech.
From her remarks:
This however is not just about supporting children in the earliest years of their lives. It is also about building healthy communities in which they can grow. Because the healthy development of our children relies on healthy adults. So this is why we all have a part to play.
And that is why I’m standing here in front of you, to ask you, some of Britain’s most influential business leaders, for your support in helping create the societal change that is needed.
I have spoken before about the need to make early childhood the societal equivalent of climate change. In the way that the business world has embraced the net zero target to protect our environmental ecosystems, you also have an important role to play in ensuring that our social ecosystems are protected too.
Your business organisations are living examples of these social ecosystems, so building healthy environments both in and out of the workplace is fundamental.
We return to the Princess’s comments.
I believe therefore that we need two things to really transform society for generations to come.
The first is to prioritise creating working environments that provide the support and training your workforce needs to cultivate and maintain its own social and emotional wellbeing. This will benefit them personally and professionally as well as creating a better working culture within your organisations. Given most of your workforce have a role to play in raising the next generation at home, it will also transform the experience of the very youngest in society too.
The second is a more concentrated effort in supporting the social and emotional development of our youngest children. Because as with most human development, the key time to build these social and emotional skills in the first place is in the first five years.
I know businesses are feeling the pressure across the board. However, I truly believe that by investing in early childhood, with a specific focus on social and emotional development, businesses in turn will see in the future… better communication, better working relationships, improved resilience, employees finding better work–life balance, less stress, more patience and understanding and increased job satisfaction.
The Princess also visited NatWest’s rooftop garden.
One more photo, this one of the Princess and Dame Alison.
Now for our look at what Kate wore.
The jacket is made in a blend of 52% viscose, and 48% acetate, and bears many of the signature McQueen design elements, including the snug fit, sharply angled pockets, peaked shoulders, and double back vent. It is available at Alexander McQueen ($2190), Luisa Via Roma ($2190), and Net-a-Porter ($2390).
It may look like the Alexander McQueen blazer first worn in Jamaica, but that jacket is a bright white, while the garment worn today is ivory.
The design is a style the Princess is fond of; she owns it in black, most recently worn at a January Early Years advisory board meeting; in purple, seen here when arriving in Boston; in navy, shown during a Windsor Castle audience with crew members from HMS Glasgow; in pink, worn for a June 2022 Early Years meeting, and in white, seen here at Windrush Day engagements at Waterloo Station. It is a key component of her working wardrobe, essentially a part of her uniform.
She brought back her Asprey Oak Leaf Small Hoop Earrings ($8250), done in 18K yellow gold with pavé diamonds.
For those who like the design, I have a few pairs of repliKates on this page.
Also today, a look at two delightful photographs released for Mother’s Day/Mothering Sunday, celebrated in the UK this past Sunday.
Kensington Palace released the photos via social media on Sunday. The images were accompanied by a message: “Happy Mother’s Day from our family to yours .”
Matt Porteous shot the photos, which appear to have been taken when the family’s 2022 Christmas card photo was shot (seen below) last summer, as everyone is in the same clothing.
A very quick refresher on what Kate wore in the pictures, beginning with the ‘Mabel Shirt’ by MiH Jeans, long sold out.
And her Orelia Chain Huggie Hoops ($23) shown below when worn on another occasion.