Fashion Week may be over in New York but it seems the style scoping has only just begun in Britain! On Thursday, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge showed off her fashionable flair when she made her first official royal appearance since giving birth to her second child, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, in May.
The 33-year-old regal beauty stepped out into the spotlight after four months of maternity leave, sporting a new hairdo, featuring wispy bangs, and a $1,595 houndstooth patterned Ralph Lauren dress.
The Duchess looked elegant as she made her way over to North London to pay the charity Anna Freud Centre a visit. During her stay, Kate Middleton learned how the facility is helping change the discussion of mental health, as well as treating children and adolescents affected by the disease.
“It’s one of the most important jobs she can do,” Peter Fonagy, CEO of Anna Freud Centre, told People magazine of Kate supporting the facility.
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According the The Mirror, Kensington Palace issued a statement on the significance of the charity.
"The Anna Freud Centre is focused on reducing the burden of mental health difficulties carried by children and young people by offering a holistic approach to tackling the issue," the statement read. "The charity is creating a new Community Campus, where experts in mental health, neuroscience and education will work together with children and families on developing new treatments and approaches. During the visit, The Duchess will learn about the AFC's development plan for the Campus, including its research and training programs, which helps train over 3,000 professionals in this field each year (sic)."
This isn’t the first time The Duchess has spoken out about the how vital it is to raise awareness on mental health. In February the wife of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, created a video message for the United Kingdom’s first Children’s Mental Health Week.
“The challenges facing the children in the UK today can often feel overwhelming. Both William and I have seen that many young people are struggling to cope with the impact of bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family break down and more,” she said, revealing that the trauma of those events could lead to serious issues. That’s why Kate and the charity Place2Be, a foundation that offers counseling for children in school, decided to team up to have an open discussion about mental health. “The stigma around mental health means that many children don’t get the help that they so badly need. This needs to change.”
Michael Samuel, chairman of the trustees, praised The Duchess during her charity visit for advocating such a prominent issue. “Your continued support on this important issues will be an invaluable ingredient towards making the real and urgent progress that is necessary in this area,” he said to the mother of two, according to reports.