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Kate Middleton looks smart in an Alexander McQueen blazer


The Princess of Wales looked smart in an Alexander McQueen blazer as she met with  experts specialising in early childhood development at Windsor Castle today. 

Kate Middleton, 41, met with a group of eight professionals, who have been appointed to offer her strategic advice and provide oversight of the work of her Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, in Berkshire this morning. 

The team will support The Princess and the Centre as her work continues to promote the fundamental importance of the first five years of a child’s life. 

As she shook hands with the experts, she told them: ‘Thankyou for coming on a cold sort of morning! It’s really great to have you on board, we’re so grateful for your work.’ 

The Princess of Wales looked smart in an Alexander McQueen blazer as she met with experts specialising in early childhood development at Windsor Castle today 

The mother-of-three, who has made Early Years work a cornerstone of her royal work, donned a smart black blazer from the British label for the occasion, which she paired with a white blouse from Holland Cooper. 

Kate swept her hair into a bouncy blow dry for the outing today, and opted for a subtle smokey eye and a sweep of blush. 

Tucking her hair behind her ear, she revealed a pair of smart pearl drop earrings which added a touch of glamour to her outfit.  

A favourite of the royal, Kate has worn Alexander McQueen on numerous occasions, most notably choosing the design house’s creative director Sarah Burton to fashion her iconic wedding dress.

A favourite of the royal, Kate has worn Alexander McQueen on numerous occasions, most notably choosing the design house's creative director Sarah Burton to fashion her iconic wedding dress

A favourite of the royal, Kate has worn Alexander McQueen on numerous occasions, most notably choosing the design house’s creative director Sarah Burton to fashion her iconic wedding dress

Crafted from structured crepe, her blazer creates a fitted and flattering silhouette, thanks to its angular pockets and sharp padded shoulders. 

She paired the smart blazer with a white bodysuit from designer label Holland Cooper, which she has worn on a number of occasions in the past. 

Kate’s meeting today reflects several years of work in early years, maternal and teenage mental health as she continues her crusade to improve the wellbeing of the nation. 

Kate launched The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood in 2021, established to increase focus on the first years of a child’s life in impacting later life.

The Princess appeared in good spirits as she met with the experts today, opting for a sweep of eyeshadow and a touch of pink lip gloss

The Princess appeared in good spirits as she met with the experts today, opting for a sweep of eyeshadow and a touch of pink lip gloss 

The mother-of-three donned a smart black blazer from the British label for the occasion, which she paired with a white blouse from Holland Cooper

The mother-of-three donned a smart black blazer from the British label for the occasion, which she paired with a white blouse from Holland Cooper

The Princess, who has met a number of the experts in the past, said she was 'grateful' for their advice and support

The Princess, who has met a number of the experts in the past, said she was ‘grateful’ for their advice and support 

Kate's meeting today reflects several years of work in early years, maternal and teenage mental health as she continues her crusade to improve the wellbeing of the nation

Kate’s meeting today reflects several years of work in early years, maternal and teenage mental health as she continues her crusade to improve the wellbeing of the nation

Kate launched The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood in 2021, established to increase focus on the first years of a child's life in impacting later life

Kate launched The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood in 2021, established to increase focus on the first years of a child’s life in impacting later life 

According to its website, the centre focuses on three main areas: research into the significance of early years, collaboration with public, private and voluntary sectors to share knowledge; and campaigning to raise awareness of the issue.

Those in the group she is meeting today include Professor Peter Fonagy OBE, who is Head of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at UCL, who previously said Kate had made early years her focus to make sure she’s the best mother she can possibly be.

In 2018, Peter opened up to People magazine, about the inspiration behind Kate’s favoured projects.

‘Part of her interest in prevention is to make sure that she does things right in her own parenting,’ he said.

He added that the Princess feels it’s ‘an incredible privilege to be a mum’.

The mother-of-three has made Early Years work a cornerstone of her royal work and appeared animated as she chatted with the experts today

The mother-of-three has made Early Years work a cornerstone of her royal work and appeared animated as she chatted with the experts today 

The Princess was beaming as she spoke with the eight experts, who will be offering advice to her foundation, during the meeting today

The Princess was beaming as she spoke with the eight experts, who will be offering advice to her foundation, during the meeting today

‘She’s genuinely interested in how to make children’s lives better, and what parents and professionals can do to positively influence the lives of children,’ he said.

The experts who will be advising the Princess!  

Advisory Group members are:

Professor Peter Fonagy OBE, Head of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at UCL and Chief Executive of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Eamon McCrory, Professor of Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology, University College London

Dr Alain Gregoire, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist and President and Founder of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance

Dr Trudi Seneviratne, Registrar at the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Ed Vainker OBE, co-founder of Reach Academy Feltham,

Carey Oppenheim, Project Lead at the Nuffield Foundation

Imran Hussain, Director of Policy and Campaigns for Action for Children

Beverley Barnett-Jones MBE, Associate Director at Nuffield Family Justice Observatory and Trustee at What Works in Children’s Social Care

 

She has also met with a number of the experts on previous occasions, including Dr Alain Gregoire and Eamon McCrory. 

The group will support the delivery of the Centre’s work in commissioning new research, learning from best practice in the UK and globally, and raising awareness of the extraordinary impact the first five years of life have on future outcomes.

Advisory Group members have been chosen for their deep expertise in a range of areas including neuroscience, psychology, perinatal psychiatry, early years services and policy development.

Amanda Berry, Chief Executive of The Royal Foundation said: ‘Working with such an eminent group of people is an absolute privilege.

‘I know their advice and experience is hugely valued by The Princess, and the whole Centre for Early Childhood team, as we continue to drive awareness of, and action on, the transformative impact of the early years. 

‘The Advisory Group’s support in our key areas of research, collaboration and awareness raising will be invaluable and I look forward to working closely with them to make a difference for generations to come.’ 

Several of those involved have already played a pivotal role in the work The Princess of Wales has been pursuing for more than a decade in this field, helping her to shape her work on the issue and adding to her determination to help change the way people think about early childhood.

The appointment of the Advisory Group comes as the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood appoints Christian Guy as the Centre Director. 

Kate’s appearance today comes after a royal expert said the Princess is ‘rising above the drama’ following her brother-in-law’s explosive memoir. 

The Princess swept her hair into a bouncy blow dry for the occasion, tucking it behind one ear to reveal a pair of pearl drop earrings

The Princess swept her hair into a bouncy blow dry for the occasion, tucking it behind one ear to reveal a pair of pearl drop earrings 

The mother-of-three, who has made Early Years work a cornerstone of her royal work, donned a smart black blazer from the British label for the occasion, which she paired with a white blouse from Holland Cooper

The mother-of-three, who has made Early Years work a cornerstone of her royal work, donned a smart black blazer from the British label for the occasion, which she paired with a white blouse from Holland Cooper

Kate met with a group of eight professionals, who have been appointed to offer her strategic advice and provide oversight of the work of her Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood

Kate met with a group of eight professionals, who have been appointed to offer her strategic advice and provide oversight of the work of her Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood

She was praised for ‘putting duty before herself’ by Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl. 

‘She’s doing a job that not only puts a smile on her face, but brings smiles to the faces of others,’ author Katie told OK! Magazine. 

‘She doesn’t do drama and she never has.’

The writer behind The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy And The Future Of The Crown told the outlet the King Charles III will be channeling the same ‘back to business’ attitude his family is known for.

‘She’s leading by example and putting duty before herself,’ Katie added. 



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