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Kate Middleton visits Dame Kelly Holmes Trust in Bath

The Princess of Wales brought the sunshine to Bath today as she donned a summery yellow blazer to visit the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.

Kate Middleton, 41, was beaming as she arrived at the organisation this lunchtime to meet with young people the charity supports. 

Looking effortlessly elegant, mother-of-three Kate sported a £359 bright yellow blazer from LK Bennett which she paired with a white t-shirt and matching trousers and trainers. 

During her visit, the mother-of-three, who has made childhood development one of her key pillars of royal work, will meet with students from St Katherine’s School in Bristol to discuss the challenges young people face today. 

She will also speak with Dame Kelly Holmes, who is the charity’s President having set up the organisation in 2008, as well as Love Island star Zara McDermott, who is one of Kate’s Shaping Us campaign champions.

The Princess of Wales, 41, brought the sunshine to Bath today as she donned a summery yellow blazer to visit the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

Kate swept her hair into her favourite bouncy blowdry style for the engagement, and opted for a neutral makeup look.

She added a touch of blusher to her lips and a sweep of eyeliner across her lids for the occasion.

Meanwhile she kept her jewellery to a minimum for the occasion. 

During today’s engagement, she will spend time with students from the school who are taking part in the On Track To Achieve programme, delivered by their athlete mentor, Paralympic gold medallist Liz Johnson. 

The royal is set to discuss how working with an athlete mentor has supported them to better express their emotions, build resilience, and promote positive mental health and wellbeing. 

Dame Kelly Holmes Trust is a youth development charity founded on the belief that every young person needs a champion. 

The organisation puts world class athletes shoulder to shoulder with young people to pass on their winning mindset and provide coaching and mentoring, helping those who are facing adversity to develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed in education, work and life. 

The Trust delivers a range of wellbeing programmes within education, community and children’s hospital settings such as the On Track To Achieve programme within schools which is targeted towards 11-19 year olds, including those with social, emotional or mental health challenges, or children who would benefit from the support of a positive role model to achieve their potential. 

The programme helps young people to build healthy relationships in school and with the wider community and understand the importance of physical and mental wellness. 

With a strong focus on their own personal development, it also promotes positive behaviours and attitudes, and sets them up to achieve. 

The Princess has long been a champion of prioritising mental wellbeing, including that of children and young people. 

She has dedicated her time to supporting various mental health programmes, such as the launch of Heads Together, Shout 85258, and the Mentally Healthy Schools programme. 

She is also patron of a number of charities which are focussed on promoting and providing mental health support to those in need.

In January 2023, The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood launched Shaping Us, a long-term campaign spearheaded by The Princess.

The campaign aims to transform the issue of early childhood from one of scientific interest to one of the most strategically important topics of our time. 

The campaign also highlights that, by focusing our collective time, energy, and resources to build a supportive, nurturing world around all children and those caring for them, we can make a huge difference to the physical and mental health and happiness of generations to come.

Kate’s engagement today comes after a busy few weeks for the Princess, in what appears to mark a new era for the royal mother-of-three.

The Princess of Wales, 41, released a number of behind-the-scenes videos on social media over the past week during the King’s Coronation, showing her family preparing for the historic events.

The video, released by the Wales’s official YouTube account, shows William and Kate meeting crowds of royal fans on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace the evening before the coronation.

It then shows William and Kate getting ready at Kensington Palace along with Charlotte and Louis the following morning.

The royal couple can be seen wearing their stunning Royal Victorian Order Mantles, while Kate wowed with her white Alexander McQueen dress.

The family then leave the palace to travel to Westminster Abbey in a gold carriage, alongside thousands of armed forces personnel and Buckingham Palace household members.

William, Kate and their children are then spotted standing on the Buckingham Palace balcony along with other members of the Royal Family after the Coronation ceremony.

The royals and the tens of thousands of people gathered outside the palace were then treated to a flyover by the Red Arrows despite the poor weather.

The following day, the family can be seen in the film pitching in for the Big Help Out – a volunteering event held across the country to celebrate the King’s years of public service.

Prince Louis can be seen helping out with a digger while his brother George has a go at archery before the family join in a group photo with the other volunteers.

The video ends with clips taken at the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle which starred Katy Perry, Lionel Ritchie and Take That before William makes a speech in honour of the King.  

He told his father: ‘We are all so proud of you.’

Hours later, the Princess opened the final of Eurovision in spectacular fashion, with a touching piano performance tribute to Ukraine.

Kate played piano alongside last year’s Ukrainian winners, the Kalush Orchestra, in a stunning opening sequence for the grand final, shown to an estimated worldwide audience of 160 million.