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Duchess of Cambridge visited LEYF Stockwell Gardens Nursery to promote 5 big questions survey

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Today, the Duchess of Cambridge made another surprise appearance. She visited the London Early Year Foundation’s (LEYF) Stockwell Gardens Nursery & Pre School in South London to spend time with kids and promote her ‘5 Big Questions on the Under Fives‘ Survey -a nationwide Ipsos MORI survey which aims to spark the biggest ever conversation on early childhood.

Duchess of Cambridge launched 5 Big Questions under her Early Years Intervention Project
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Last Wednesday when Duchess of Cambridge launched the landmark ‘5 Big Question’ Survey, she was on a whirlwind tour of the country. She visited Birmingham to launch the survey and then visited Cardiff and  Surrey to promote the survey. But due to the bad weather, one engagement was cancelled -That was a visit to Stockwell Gardens Nursery.

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The LEYF is a social enterprise that aims to add value to the life of the community and future generations by strengthening local networks, demonstrating the role that everyone has. It operates 39 nurseries in some of London’s most disadvantaged areas and provides high-quality childcare to more than 4,000 children, employing more than 800 staff locally along with 60 apprentices across 11  boroughs of London.

The survey gives people across the UK an opportunity to provide their view on raising the next generation. About the survey, Kensington Palace said,

For the past 8 years, The Duchess has been hearing from people around the UK about the importance of the early years for future health and happiness. Now she wants to hear from you, so have your say on raising the next generation.

The launch of the survey follows eight years of work by the Duchess of Cambridge in which she has explored how experiences in early childhood often lie at the root of the hardest social challenges the country faces today. What we experience in the earliest years – from in the womb to the age of five – is instrumental in shaping our future lives.”

You can participate in the survey by clicking here.

Duchess of Cambridge visited LEYF Stockwell Gardens Nursery to promote 5 big questions survey
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During today’s visit, Catherine revealed that 1,00,000 people have already responded to the survey and she is looking for more people to be part of this survey.  She said, “I’m so happy that over 100,000 people from all across the UK have already completed it, and I can’t wait to see the results.” The Survey is designed to bring together the thoughts of as many individuals, organisations and businesses as possible – recognising that everyone has a role to play in ensuring that children have the best possible start in life.

Duchess of Cambridge visited LEYF Stockwell Gardens Nursery to promote 5 big questions survey
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The findings will be a vital source of information for the Early Years sector, helping it to better understand public perceptions of the importance of the early years, and the first-hand experiences of parents, families and carers. This public feedback will also help to focus Her Royal Highness’ work through The Royal Foundation as she endeavours to provide children across the UK with the best foundations to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

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At the nursery, the mother of three adorable kids, Catherine served the school kids breakfast having cereal and milk and played with them. From Daily Mail’s report,

When Kate first arrived she met a group of parents who had just dropped off their children, and said to one father: ‘I think that’s changed, there’s a lot more engagement from parents in general and particularly fathers who want to be involved in this early stage of development.’

In the kitchen, Kate chatted to trainee pre-school chefs Luke Nelson-Neil and Rouchelle Scott-Ashby. When they started discussing particular foods, Mr Nelson-Neil joked about beetroot, saying: ‘I still can’t get them to eat it.’

The duchess, mother of Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, one, said: ‘Mine absolutely love it – it’s one of those things, until you try it, you don’t know.’

Duchess of Cambridge visited LEYF Stockwell Gardens Nursery to promote 5 big questions survey
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After taking in breakfast for the children, she joined three little girls who sat down at tiny tables to eat, and the Kate took a shine to three-year-old Lucy, stroking her arm and leaning forward as she asked her what she wanted.

Kate poured out cereal for Lucy and her classmates, asking them to say ‘Stop’ when there was enough in their bowls, and later she turned to a plate of orange, banana, grape and papaya segments, asking ‘What do you think of the fruit? What’s your favourite?’

Before leaving, she high-fived the trio and joined a group of three and four-your-year-olds playing with shells in a water play pit, and she also joined another breakfast table of youngsters.

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Chefs and apprentices from the LEYF Early Years Chef Academy, which is based at Stockwell Gardens Nursery & Pre School, and offers the first specialist qualification for chefs either working or keen to work with children up to the age of eight,  spoke to The Duchess about the importance of nutritious food for child development. From People’s report,

In the kitchen, Kate chatted about nutrition with the school’s trainee chefs. Nelson-Neil joked about beets, saying: “I still can’t get them to eat it.”

Kate, who previously shared that her kids have an adventurous taste in vegetables, said, “Mine absolutely love it – it’s one of those things until you try it, you don’t know.”

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Duchess also held a private meeting with Giovanna Fletcher, who runs the Happy Mum Happy Baby podcast. Mrs Fletcher was also invited to the launch of ‘5 Big Questions Survey in Birmingham last week. Speaking with Giovanna Duchess said,

It’s great to visit places like this where communities come together to support one another. Last week I launched a UK wide survey on early childhood because I want to hear society’s views about raising the next generation.

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About the visit LEYF Chief Executive, June O’Sullivan said, “You can’t capture just how important the early years are. There’s a raft of research that shows if you invest in them when they’re little if you give them the right kind of nurture if you give them the time to speak, learn, listen and concentrate – and opportunities of personal development – then they actually grow into really capable, successful human beings.

A video of the visit.

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For the day, Duchess of Cambridge chose a very casual yet a stylish look. She was wearing a new blue long coat that is still unidentified.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Sezane Tulio Jumper to LEYF nursery
Sezane Tulio Jumper

Underneath the coat, Catherine wore Sezane Tulio Jumper. The $125 Long-sleeved merino wool pullover features Fancy plastron, lace collars and lace on the front. Currently, it’s available in all sizes and two colours – off-white and black.

Duchess of Cambridge visited LEYF Stockwell Gardens Nursery to promote 5 big questions survey
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Duchess paired the white jumper with her black skinny jeans.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Russell & Bromely Fab Dry Ankle Boots to LEYF Nursery
Russell & Bromley Fab Dry Ankle Boots

Catherine chose a new pair of shoes today. She was wearing Russell & Bromely Fab Dry Ankle Boots. Thanks to @acesasisi and @Emma4AboutRoyal for the id. The £295 boots are described as “Gaucho styled Fab-Dry by Aquatalia are the perfect addition to your wardrobe. Crafted in weather-resistant black suede, these boots are detailed with a neat stacked heel and elastic inserts. Simply pull on over jeans or opaques for a nonchalant air to your off-duty dressing.” They are currently on sale for £145.

Duchess of Cambridge UFO Gold Fringe Earrings
UFO Gold Fringe Earrings

and her UFO Gold Fringe Earrings.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Joint Patrons, the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, this afternoon held a Reception at Kensington Palace.

Yesterday, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Joint Patrons, the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, held a Reception at Kensington Palace.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined stars at BAFTA Night
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The Duchess of Cambridge will be joining Prince William at BAFTA on Sunday night. This year’s dress code is re-wear. Have a look at Catherine’s gowns collection and vote which one you think she will re-wear.

 

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What Will Duchess of Cambridge Wear at BAFTA 2020?


Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined stars at BAFTA Night
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Britain’s prestigious film awards – British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has taken a new road. In order to lessen their carbon footprint and promote sustainability, the BAFTA has asked attendees to re-wear an outfit they’ve worn in the past or to choose another sustainable option like rent or wear vintage.

Kensington Palace announced last week that Duchess of Cambridge will be joining her husband Prince William, who is BAFTA President, this year again at the annual awards. So no doubt Duchess of Cambridge will be going through her impressive wardrobe to bring back a stunning number for the star-studded night!

The Duchess of Cambridge at BAFTA
The Duchess of Cambridge at BAFTA

Keeping that in Mind – Today, we are looking at Catherine’s gown collection and will try to pin-point which one we would like to see on Sunday evening. Let us have a look at the gown Duchess have worn publicly before and then we will go down to voting:

Black Gowns:

Blue/Lilac:

Green Gowns:

Pink Gowns:

Red:

Teal/Turquoise:

White/Silver/Blush:

Yellow:

I believe it is a British event Duchess of Cambridge will be wearing a British label so my bet is on Alexander McQueen Velvet Gown or Jenny Packham Duck Egg Blue Gown

Pick your favourite number below in the poll. If you cannot see the poll below Click Here to vote for your favourite gown.


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Children’s Tweedy Princess – The Duchess of Cambridge joined Kids for Art Workshop

Duchess of Cambridge joined kids for a Art Workshop run by National Portrait Gallery at Evelina London

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Today, the Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Evelina London Children’s Hospital and Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, joined a creative workshop run by the National Portrait Gallery’s Hospital Programme at Evelina London to see how the creative arts can support children’s health, wellbeing and happiness.

Duchess of Cambridge joined kids for a Art Workshop run by National Portrait Gallery at Evelina London
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Upon arrival, Duchess was presented with a posy by Anna-Victoria, nine, a patient here who has Achondroplasia. Duchess was welcomed by the staff and parents of the kids who are getting treatment at the hospital.

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The National Portrait Gallery works in close collaboration with play specialists from Evelina London to take artists into the hospital to deliver workshops to children of all ages, along with their siblings and parents. Activities take place on the ward or in playrooms. The Duchess has been Patron of the National Portrait Gallery since 2012.

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The Hospital Programme runs in three other children’s hospitals in London – Great Ormond Street Hospital, Newham University Hospital and the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, working with nursing staff, hospital teachers and specialists. Over the past 15 years, over 20,000 children (aged 0-18) have benefited from the creative workshops which include photography, animation, sculpture and textiles.

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Evelina London, which is part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, of which the Queen is patron, provides comprehensive health services to children and families from before birth, throughout childhood and into adult life.

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Evelina London also offers special services for children with rare and complex conditions from across south London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex and beyond. Duke and Duchess of Cambridge asked the wellwishers to send gifts and donations to Evelina London if they would like to at the birth of their third child Prince Louis in April 2018.  Her Royal Highness became Patron of Evelina London in 2018.

The current project, entitled Playful Portraits, commenced in September 2017 and runs until 2020. The project delivers creative art workshops lead by a team of experienced artists, familiar with responding to the needs of young people in hospitals. Working in close collaboration with hospital staff including play therapists, nursing staff and hospital teachers ensures appropriate provision tailored to the needs of each individual setting.

Workshops offered to young people include photography, animation, sculpture, textiles, printing, collage, painting, craft and drawing activities. The programme gives children, young people and their families an opportunity to access the Gallery’s Collection of portraits and enjoy an associated activity whilst they are undergoing hospital treatment, either as day cases or on a longer-term basis. Activities take place in the ward, activity centres or by the bedside. Siblings and families also benefit as they are welcome to join in, bringing welcome relief to all from the challenges that a hospital stay can bring.

Duchess of Cambridge joined kids for a Art Workshop run by National Portrait Gallery at Evelina London
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About today’s visit Marian Ridley the director of Evelina London said, “They were proud to host the visit, adding. Art is an invaluable therapy for children and young people while they are in hospital, not only to develop their creativity but, but provide enjoyment that alleviates anxieties which they may be feeling.”

Duchess of Cambridge joined kids for a Art Workshop run by National Portrait Gallery at Evelina London
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During her visit, the Duchess joined young children receiving care at the hospital who participated in creative activities including illustration, photography and 3D set design. Catherine also heard more about the relationship between the NPG and Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

 

Rebecca English on twitter reported that Catherine was given two ‘rag wreaths’ by heart patient Luke Wheeler-Waddison, 10, and his sister, Savannah, 4 about which Duchess said she would definitely put the pink one up in Charlotte’s room.

Duchess of Cambridge joined kids for a Art Workshop run by National Portrait Gallery at Evelina London
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Luke clicked a really beautiful shot of Duchess using a Polaroid-style instant camera. Duchess of Cambridge, a History of Arts graduate,  herself is a really accomplished photographer and we just saw two of her portrait on Sunday. Catherine also told a parent that Prince Louis has tickly knees.

Duchess of Cambridge joined kids for a Art Workshop run by National Portrait Gallery at Evelina London
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From Daily Mail’s report,

Who is this here? ‘ asked Kate, pointing to a picture of a Kallum Stuart, six, who is being treated for kidney failure, and was accompanied by his twin brother, Blake. ‘This is brilliant.’

She added: ‘What a treat it is for me to meet you all today. What a treat! I am so pleased. ‘ Kate then laughing responded to a ‘high-five’ from Kallum. Chatting with artist  Jessica, the duchess remarked: ‘It’s wonderful to see what art therapy adds. To be able to paint, to draw, to be able to tell your story. ‘

Moving to her second table Kate met Luke and Savannah, who was dressed in a pretty floral Monsoon dress bought especially for the occasion.

She touched Luke’s arm and admired his ‘war wound’ – a large scar he has as result of breaking his arm last autumn after falling off some monkey bars and having to have plates and pins inserted in.

Luke said he didn’t feel nervous taking the duchess’s photograph with one of the cameras provided to the children for their art project and felt very proud of the end result – which was picture perfect.

‘I will take it home and keep it forever,’ he vowed.

Tracey Sturt, Kallum’s mother, said afterwards that it had been ‘such a pleasure’ to meet Kate, who had been ‘brilliant’ with the children.

 

Now to what Duchess Wore – The Duchess of Cambridge chose to bring old elements of her wardrobe back to design a new look.

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Catherine was wearing her black Dolce & Gabbana Tweed Suit that she first wore at the Mental Health in Education Conference in February 2019. The bouclé tweed skirt suit feature a frayed detailing.

Duchess of Cambridge at Mental Health in Education Conference in London
James Whatling/Duchess in March 2019

The double-breasted jacket features lapel collars with full-sleeved fitted silhouette having sapphire-esque buttons. The jacket is paired with a matching pleated above-the-knee skirt.

Gianvito Rossi Piper 85 suede pumps
Gianvito Rossi Piper 85 suede pumps

Duchess paired the look with her Gianvito Rossi Piper 85 suede pumps that she first wore in March 2019 for the first time when she visited Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre.

Mappin & Webb Empress Earrings
Mappin & Webb Empress Earrings

Catherine teamed up the outfit with her Mappin & Webb Empress Earrings and

Mappin & Webb Empress Diamond Pendant Necklace
Mappin & Webb Empress Diamond Pendant Necklace

Mappin & Webb Empress Diamond Pendant Necklace.

Next, we will see the Duchess of Cambridge at BAFTA on Sunday. This year BAFTA has asked guests to re-wear, rent or wear vintage, part of the academy’s plans for their first-ever carbon neutral awards ceremony. My bet is on Alexander McQueen Velvet Gown or Jenny Packham Duck Egg Blue Gown.

 

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