The Duchess of Cambridge today continued her crusade to help vulnerable children as she visited a family charity in South London.
Kate, 37, who is performing her third engagement in the space of a week, has arrived at Family Action’s Forest Hill base, near Lewisham which provides a range of valuable community support for children and families in the area.
She made a political statement with her fashion choice today, opting for a bespoke pine green belted dress by luxury London brand Beulah, estimated to cost £550.
Run by family friend Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs, the daughter of the Marquess of Reading, and Lavinia Brennan, the ethical fashion label aims to support the victims of sex trafficking in India.
Kate has arrived at Family Action’s Forest Hill base, near Lewisham which provides a range of valuable community support for children and families in the area
Kate accessorised the look with olive suede clutch bag and court heels in the same shade. She added a touch of sparkle with a pair of £1,400 diamond earrings by Kiki McDonough.
She chose to wear nude tights rather than the opaque style she has worn recently and despite the chilly temperatures, the mother-of-three went without a coat.
Kate, who has put the well-being and mental health of children at the heart of her work, is there to launch a new helpline, to mark its 150th anniversary, called ‘FamilyLine’, which uses a network of volunteers from across the country to support parents and carers virtually through telephone calls, email and text messaging.
This visit furthers The Duchess’s research and work focusing on the support available for children in their earliest years.
She made a political statement with her fashion choice today, opting for a pine green belted dress by luxury London brand Beulah
The Duchess appeared to be in high spirits as she greeted members of the charity outside its Forest Hill base today
Working with a steering group of leading practitioners and academics from a range of disciplines, the duchess is driving forwards a project to establish what more can be done in Britain to make a positive difference to the lives of children by focusing on their earliest moments in life, from pre-birth to infancy.
The visit will be hosted by David Holmes CBE, the chief executive of Family Action, who is a member of Kate’s steering group.
During the visit she will meet families who are supported by Family Action, spend time with some young carers, meet volunteers who are supporting the new FamilyLine service and also view the ‘Family Monsters’ campaign film that has been produced to mark Family Action’s 150th Anniversary.
The campaign highlights the hidden ‘monsters’ that many families face, such as debt, addiction, lack of time together, relationship issues and mental health issues.
Mr Holmes said: ‘We are so grateful to the Duchess of Cambridge for visiting Family Action’s services today, for her interest in our work and addressing family pressures and for officially launching Family Line.
‘The Duchess’s support will encourage many more families to talk about their ‘family monsters’.’
Kate’s glossy brunette locks were blow dried to perfection, but did received a bit of ruffling from the breezy weather
When it came to her accessories Kate opted for a selection of suede pieces in an olive shade, perfectly complimenting her bespoke dress
THE BRAND BEHIND KATE’S ETHICAL FASHION CHOICE – AND ITS VERY REGAL LINKS
Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs and Lavinia Brennan are the two women behind luxury London brand Beulah. Through their ethical fashion label, the duo are offering a new way of life for the victims of sex trafficking in India
Lady Natasha is the daughter of the Marquess of Reading and her circle of aristocratic friends have previously been linked to Prince Harry and Kate’s husband Prince William.
Natasha also has links to Kate herself having married Rupert Finch back in 2013. Finch has previously dated the Duchess of Cambridge during her time at St Andrews before she and William met.
Kate has previously worn Beulah, a brand that supports victims of sex trafficking in India, and it is run by Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs who is now married to the duchess’ boyfriend Rupert Finch. Pictured: Kate wearing Beulah in 2011 as she attended a fundraising gala with William
Back in 2010 she and Lavinia travelled to India where they spent several months working in the slums of Delhi and were so moved by the plight of the people they met – particularly the young women they encountered who had been rescued from the sex trade – that they decided to establish an ethical fashion label called Beulah.
Many of the women Natasha and Lavinia are anxious to help have been trafficked from poor rural areas in India and Bangladesh to work in the sex industry in Indian cities such as Kolkata and Delhi.
The label has previously proven a hit with not only Kate but her sister Pippa, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and Harry’s ex Cressida Bonas.
Hundreds of well-wishers had gathered in the streets of Forest Hill in anticipation of the Duchess’ arrival today
Kate added a touch of blind to her ensemble in the form of £1,400 diamond earrings by Kiki McDonough
She flashed a wave to the gathering crowds before she made her way into the South London based charity
Kate chose to wear nude tights rather than the opaque style she has worn recently and despite the chilly temperatures, the mother-of-three went without a coat
We last saw the Duchess on Wednesday last week where she paid a visit to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden to tour its costume department.
A day earlier she cut a remarkably casual figure during a trip to a community garden in Islington where she helped to make homemade pizzas in and outdoor kitchen.
Later today, her husband, the Duke of Cambridge will interview Sir David Attenborough at the Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
On day one of his two day visit William will take part in a conversation with Sir David on stage, discussing the broadcaster’s work over the decades and highlighting the importance of the natural world.
The talk will also highlight the urgent challenges and opportunities facing the next generation of environmental leaders.