The Princess of Wales was in casual separates for a visit to a local baby bank today.
Baby Bank Windsor was founded in 2015 by two local moms and now supports families in need from Windsor, Maidenhead, Slough, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and the surrounding areas. A Kensington Palace news release notes, “The charity provides a range of objects for families including new-born starter kits, school uniforms, nappies, buggies and beds. Donations are provided by the general public, retailers and local suppliers.”
We learn more about the visit from this story in the Harrow Times.
As well as providing essential items like nappies, school uniforms, and buggies for cash-strapped parents, the charity works with midwives and health workers to support mothers before and after giving birth.
Sitting down with a group of them, the princess praised their “vital” work, saying: “It is so often behind the scenes.”
“It is particularly tough times not only for midwifery and volunteering and organisations like this but for health visitors who are under huge amounts of pressure to deliver to families in growing need,” she said.
“You are there living and breathing it.
“You see these families and you see their challenges.
A quick video via Rebecca English of The Daily Mail.
The Princess learns more about Windsor Baby Bank pic.twitter.com/MEgkdx7U2C
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) April 24, 2023
More from this Daily Mirror piece.
Kate examined a large pile of boxes that had been donated by Mattel containing Buzz Lightyear toys. “Oh yes, my daughter is a huge fan of Toy Story,” the princess said.
She was interested to hear about The Baby Bank’s reach as “people might not initially think it’s a primary need area.”
We return to the Daily Mirror story.
She peppered the charity’s joint CEOs, Rebecca Mistry and Lauren Hall, with questions about their set up and local demand.
Rebecca explained how they try to match up donations with specific children so they don’t feel like they are relying on random hand-outs.
“Have you seen the needs of families change recently?”, Kate asked, surprised to discover that while they had seen a huge rise in need, this has not been matched by donations.
“People are hanging onto what they have or passing it to friends or selling things like buggies for a little cash,” Lauren explained.
And from the Daily Mail’s coverage.
As she sorted through the clothes, Rebecca told her that many people felt broody when they saw how tiny they were and joked: ‘Whereas I look at them and think I don’t want to go through that again.’
The princess laughed and said: ‘I’ve been there and done that.’
Before she left the princess sat down and chatted with some of the bank’s volunteers as well as local midwives and health visitors who are instrumental in referring families to it for help.
Now for our recap of what Kate wore.
The double-breasted style features patch pockets, a ticket pocket, peak lapels, and a single back vent.
The black suede flats featured a pointed toe with a distinctive buckle and a 1/2″ heel. The black is available in limited sizes, and the style is also offered in deep olive and tomato.
The Princess wore her Daniella Draper Gold Citrine Baby Treasure Necklace ($1100).
As well as her Bruna Earrings ($60, now sold out) by Sézane.