Duchess of Cambridge on 24 Hour tour of the Country to launch 5 Big Questions

Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Cardiff to launch 5 Big Questions Survey

Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Cardiff to launch 5 Big Questions Survey
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Yesterday, Duchess of Cambridge launched a landmark survey ‘5 Big Questions’ under Fives for her dream project Early Years Intervention. Today to promote the survey, Catherine was undertaking a whirlwind tour of the country to meet parents and families.

Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Cardiff to launch 5 Big Questions Survey
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Initially, the plan was to join parents at LEYF Nursery in Southwark, London then travels to Cardiff to attend a baby sensory class at Ely and Careau Children’s Centre and the last stop of the day was Surrey. But due to the weather conditions, her London engagement was cancelled.

Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Cardiff to launch 5 Big Questions Survey
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The Survey gives people across the UK an opportunity to provide their view on raising the next generation. For the first part of the day, Duchess of Cambridge travelled to Cardiff where she visited Ely and Careau Children’s Centre and attended a baby sensory class.

Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Cardiff to launch 5 Big Questions Survey
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The centre provides support services to children and their families and helps youngsters with special needs in addition to offering adult education, parenting support and community education teams. Open access play, breakfast, after-school activities and holiday clubs are also housed in the centre, as well as health visitors, speech and language therapists and partners such as Sure Start and Language and Play.

Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Cardiff to launch 5 Big Questions Survey
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From People’s report,

“I see amazing work you’re doing here in so many areas,” she told workers at the center. “It’s just bringing it to light. The critical work you’re doing has a massive social — and economic — impact later down the years.”

Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Cardiff to launch 5 Big Questions Survey
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From Daily Mail’s report,

She spoke about her experience of being ‘isolated’ as a first-time mother, as she recalled living in Anglesey in North Wales when Prince George was a ‘tiny baby’ and William was a RAF Search and Rescue helicopter pilot.

While visiting the children’s centre, Kate told a group: ‘I had a tiny, tiny baby in the middle of Anglesey it was so isolated, so cut off. I didn’t have any family around and he was doing night shifts. So…if only I had had a center like this.’

Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Cardiff to launch 5 Big Questions Survey
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A beautiful shot of Catherine playing with kids. More from People’s Report,

Earlier, she met little River Rowson, 3, who was playing greengrocers with some pals. He was showing her some Brussels Sprouts and Broccoli. “Are you cooking too?” she asked as he offered some vegetables. “Are you going to make a stir fry?”
River clearly liked his new pal. “You’re my friend,” he told her, to which Kate replied, “You’re my friend too.

A video of the Cardiff visit.

Duchess of Cambridge visited HM Surrey Prison to launch landmark survey
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After Cardiff, Catherine travelled to HM Prison Send in Surrey to undertake the second part of today’s engagements. The location of the visit was kept under the wrap until the visit due to the security reasons.

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You might remember Catherine’s last visit to the prison in 2015 in relation to her work on Addiction. In 2015 after her visit, Duchess had said, “I was reminded today how addictions lie at the heart of so many social issues and how substance misuse can play such destructive role in vulnerable people’s lives. I saw again today that a failure to intervene early in life to tackle mental health problems and other challenges can have profound consequences for people throughout their lives. I am grateful to the women I met for sharing their difficult personal stories with me. It is encouraging to learn how organisations like RAPt are offering specialist support to help people break the cycle of addiction and look forward to a positive and crime-free life.”

Duchess of Cambridge visited HM Surrey Prison to launch landmark survey
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Today, Duchess met with some of the old inmates she met in 2015 and discussed how they have since been successfully rehabilitated, released and are rebuilding their families in addition to women currently at the prison. During the visit, Catherine learned about The Forward Trust.

Duchess of Cambridge visited HM Surrey Prison to launch landmark survey
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The Forward Trust helps people to break the often interlinked cycles of crime and addiction to move forward with their lives. Forward is one of the largest providers of intensive, abstinence-based addiction services in the UK, working across the country to empower people to break the often interlinked cycles of addiction or crime and move forward with their lives. The programme Forward delivers in HMP Send is the only intensive 12-step prison-based drug and alcohol programme for women in the UK. Duchess heard about the work Trust do at the prison in supporting clients to improve their relationships with friends and family, including reconnecting with children. From The Forward Trust,

One of the women the The Duchess was reunited with was Kirsty Day, who she first met in 2015. Kirsty spent her childhood in and out of the care system. Following a series of adverse experiences, she turned to substance misuse and began a 10-year cycle of addiction and re-offending.

Kirsty said: “In my teenage years, I experienced a series of loss, hurt and abuse. From this moment on, I entered a downward spiral of addiction and prison.

“While serving my sentence, I woke up one day and realised enough was enough. I took myself to my drug and alcohol worker and asked for help. I was lucky enough to be sent to HMP Send for a fresh start.

“The programme changed my life. In some of my darkest moments since, I have never turned back to drugs.”

Five years on from the Duchess’s last visit, Kirsty has married, been promoted at The Nelson Trust and even been shortlisted as a nominee at the National Diversity Awards, recognising her work in helping women recover from addiction and trauma.

Duchess of Cambridge visited HM Surrey Prison to launch landmark survey
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From Daily Mail’s report,

she told a group at the prison who have since been released from custody: ‘It really shocked me when I came here last time how early the challenges were that you face. How early you could take it back.’

One Send inmate described their time in prison as one of the best things that had happened to them, crediting the support of Forward Trust programmes. On hearing that, the duchess commented: ‘It’s so often I hear that, why does it have to get to that point before people receive the help and support?’

Returning to the impact early years experiences can have in people, Kate said: ‘I’m hugely passionate about trying to really help get into this crisis, trying to help provide that prevention mechanism and that support system in our communities. Particularly that support in the early years of life.’

A video of the visit.

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For the day, Catherine premiered a new look.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Massimo Dutti Limited Edition Button Cashmere Wool Camel Coat to Cardiff
Massimo Dutti Limited Edition Button Cashmere Wool Camel Coat

She was wearing a camel colour Massimo Dutti Coat. Thanks to Caroline Parr for the id. The £349 Limited Edition Button Cashmere Wool Camel Coat is described as, “Classic, sophisticated and with a flattering silhouette for the feminine figure, this camel-coloured coat made of natural fibres will be an essential piece this season. Tailored coat made of wool and cashmere. Featuring a slim fit, peak lapels, double-breasted button fastening, two flap pockets, long sleeves with four-button cuffs, a back vent and lining.” Currently, it is on sale for £149.

Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Cardiff to launch 5 Big Questions Survey
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Underneath the coat, Duchess of Cambridge was wearing a black knitted top and Animal print Zara Skirt. Thanks to Caroline Parr for the id.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Zara Animal Print Skirt to Cardiff
Zara Animal Print Skirt

The brown coloured skirt was described as, “Flowing midi skirt with a combined faux leather waistband. Fastening on the side with an invisible zip and snap button”. The skirt was original£29.99 before going on sale for £9.99 and selling out.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Ralph Lauren Collection Black Suede High Heel Boot to Cardiff
Ralph Lauren Collection Black Suede High Heel Boot

Catherine paired the look with her Ralph Lauren Collection Black Suede High Heel Boot.

Duchess of Cambridge UFO Gold Fringe Earrings
UFO Gold Fringe Earrings

Duchess finished her look with UFO Gold Fringe Earrings.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Daniella Draper Personalised Gold Midnight Moon Necklace to cardiff
Daniella Draper Personalised Gold Midnight Moon Necklace

Another new element in her look was Daniella Draper Personalised Gold Midnight Moon Necklace.  Thanks to MiddletonMaven on Twitter for the id. Catherine’s pendant was engraved with G, C and L – the first letter of her kids’ name. The £1070 necklace is described as, “Personalise this beautiful 9ct Gold Moon and sparkly diamond charm with your name, partners name, or simply a word that means something to you for an extra special touch. The moon is universally representing the rhythm of time as it embodies the cycle. The phases of the moon symbolise immortality, eternity and enlightenment.”

Duchess of Cambridge visited HM Surrey Prison to launch landmark survey
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Next, we will see Duchess of Cambridge on Monday, January 27th when she will attend the UK Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony in Westminster with Prince William.


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Duchess of Cambridge on tour to Launch Landmark Survey

Duchess of Cambridge launched 5 big question survey for her early years intervention

Duchess of Cambridge launched 5 Big Questions under her Early Years Intervention Project
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Today, Kensington Palace released a piece of fantastic news. Duchess of Cambridge touched another milestone in her Early Years Initiative Project. She launched a landmark survey Five Big Questions on the Under Fives survey. It gives people across the UK an opportunity to provide their view on raising the next generation. About the survey, Kensington Palace said,

“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.”

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge host the UK-Africa summit reception at Buckingham Palace
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After yesterday’s show-stopping appearance at UK-Africa Investment summit, I was expecting Duchess to make an unannounced appearance at least once this week as we didn’t have any scheduled engagement. But we might be in for a handful of them.

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Last year we were told that we will be hearing more about Catherine’s dream project and here we have the first glimpse. The ‘Five Big Questions’ contains five short questions and aims to spark a national conversation on the early years that will ultimately help bring about positive, lasting change for generations to come. It is designed to bring together the thoughts of as many people as possible – recognising that everyone has a role in ensuring strong, healthy foundations for the youngest in our society that will positively affect their lifelong outcomes.

The findings should provide 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. The results of the survey will be made available in March and will determine the next step in Catherine’s early year’s work.

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For the big launch, today Catherine visited Birmingham, where she visited ‘Thinktank’ – the city’s science museum. Catherine met with children at MiniBrum, an interactive, child-sized mini-city in the museum before speaking with various parents who have been involved in the project. Speaking about the project Duchess said,

Parents, carers and families are at the heart of caring for children in the formative years, so that is why I want to listen to them. As a parent, I know how much we cherish the future health and happiness of our children.

I want to hear the key issues affecting our families and communities so I can focus my work on where it is needed most. My ambition is to provide a lasting change for generations to come.

Duchess of Cambridge launched 5 Big Questions under her Early Years Intervention Project
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During today’s engagement, Catherine spent time with a group of children from Henley Montessori School and St Paul’s Nursery in Balsall Heath. Duchess of Cambridge is a passionate champion of family and children support. From Daily Mail’s report,

After being presented with a posy by Poppy as a thank you for visiting the ‘city’, the duchess met various parents who have been involved in the project, including Giovanna Fletcher, whose podcast Happy Mum, Happy Baby is aimed at ensuring that new mothers do not feel alone.

The group then sat down together to discuss various issues surrounding parenthood and the role that local communities can play.

Kate, 38, said: ‘What we experience between the ages of nought and five shapes the developing brain.

‘They help us avoid adversity, or certainly build resilience to adversity in later life, prevent challenges with mental health later down the line.

‘As a mother, it’s given me a different perspective.

‘There’s so much pressure on parents to feel the responsibility is just down to them but actually it’s important to work together as a community.’

Duchess of Cambridge launched 5 Big Questions under her Early Years Intervention Project
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Duchess put the focus of her public life on helping families and children to provide a healthy and happy childhood. In 2018, Duchess convened a steering group of academics, practitioners and charities to focus on early intervention to support the social, emotional and mental wellbeing of young children. More from DailyMail’s report,

One of its members, David Holmes CBE, chief executive of Family Action, of which the Duchess is patron, said: ‘Every parent, carer and family wants the best for their child and raising the profile of the vital early years in a child’s life is work of national importance.

‘The insight this survey will give the early years sector valuable direction in designing and delivering services and support which reflect what matters most to people.’

Kate Stanley, director of strategy for the NSPCC, said: ‘It’s fantastic to see The Duchess of Cambridge launch this survey today. The results will provide fascinating insight into how we think about the early years and it will be a vital source of information for the sector.’

Duchess of Cambridge launched 5 big question survey for her early years intervention
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Catherine will be undertaking a 24-hour tour of the country to trigger country-wide participation. Tomorrow, the Duchess of Cambridge has engagements in London, Cardiff, and Surrey to continue promoting the initiative. You can participate in the survey by clicking here.

A video of the visit to Birmingham.

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For the visit to Birmingham, Catherine wore a new printed Pansy Pussybow blouse in green from Tabitha Webb. Thanks to UFONoMore for the id.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Tabitha Webb Pansy Pussybow blouse Green Chevron Blouse to launch the 5 Big Question survey
Tabitha Webb Pansy Pussybow blouse Green Chevron Blouse

The £295 Pansy Pussybow blouse is described as, “It’s the Pansy Pussybow in all its glory in our new green chevron print. Our signature style is ready to take you through the spring season”. Crafted from 100% silk the blouse is from label’s Autumn 2019 collection but now is back for pre-order.

Jigsaw High Waisted Sport Luxe Trousers
Jigsaw High Waisted Sport Luxe Trousers

Duchess of Cambridge paired the blouse with her Jigsaw High Waisted Sport Luxe Trousers.

Duchess of Cambride debuted Emmy London Josie Block Heel Pointed Shoe in May 2019 at the launch fo King's cup
Emmy London Josie Block Heel Pointed Shoe

Catherine was wearing her Emmy London Josie Block Heel Pointed Shoe

Monica Vinader Siren Earrings
Monica Vinader Siren Earrings

and Monica Vinader Siren Earrings.

Duchess of Cambridge's Halcyon Days Gold Plated Maya Torque Bracelet in Aquamarine
Halcyon Days Gold Plated Maya Torque Bracelet in Aquamarine

Another new element in today’s look was Halcyon Days Gold Plated Maya Torque Bracelet in Aquamarine. (Thanks to UfoNoMore for the id).The £110.00 is described as, “Our new Maya torque bangle has the blues. Dive into the Caribbean with this latest blue and bejewelled twist on our classic design” and is available online

Duchess of Cambridge launched 5 Big Questions under her Early Years Intervention Project
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Tomorrow is going to be a busy day when Duchess will join parents at LEYF Nursery in Southwark for the nursery drop off, before helping nursery workers serve breakfast to the children. Next, Catherine will travel to Cardiff to attend a baby sensory class at Ely and Careau Children’s Centre where she will hear about the support that parents receive.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hosted UK-Africa Investment Summit Reception

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge host the UK-Africa summit reception at Buckingham Palace

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Tonight, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, hosted a reception in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit. It was the couple’s first solo event of this level where they received State heads in the absence of Her Majesty or Prince of Wales.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge host the UK-Africa summit reception at Buckingham Palace
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William and Catherine arriving for the reception. The UK-Africa Investment Summit, hosted by the UK government will bring together heads of state and government and senior representatives from African countries, key multilateral agencies and high profile the UK and African businesses to showcase and promote the breadth and quality of investment opportunities across Africa.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge host the UK-Africa summit reception at Buckingham Palace
The Royal Family

Both William and Catherine share a special bond with the African continent. While William has spent much-needed family time with his father and brother at the continent, the couple also got engaged during a vacation in Africa choosing Kenya specifically.

The Royal Family

The summit will demonstrate the strength of the relationship between the UK and Africa, showcase and promote the breadth and quality of investment opportunities across Africa, and highlight the UK’s commitment to supporting economic development in Africa, including through the creation of jobs and new partnerships. It will mobilise new and substantial investment to create jobs and boost mutual prosperity.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stood for a group photograph after receiving the 21 delegations that included British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, African heads of state –  President of Rwanda Paul Kagame, the Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara, and Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta among many others.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge host the UK-Africa summit reception at Buckingham Palace
The Royal Family

The Royal Couple welcomed the Heads of state and Government and their partners, prominent business leaders other representatives from the United Kingdom and from across Africa at Buckingham Palace. The Duke of Cambridge is the patron of the Royal African Society since 2017. He recently visited the African continent in 2018 and I believe we will see Duke and Duchess of Cambridge undertaking an African visit in the near future.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge host the UK-Africa summit reception at Buckingham Palace
The Royal Family

From British Foreign Policy Group Research, “The UK-Africa Investment Summit should serve as a springboard, not just to greater investment in Africa, but the start of serious relationships with major African governments. The Department for International Development has made clear that they want to make it easier for African governments to access, and make the most of, trade and investment opportunities – but articulating a post-Brexit, independent foreign policy means more than that, and the UK can now begin to present itself as the central convener on global conversations on the pressing issues of today”.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge host the UK-Africa summit reception at Buckingham Palace
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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by Princess Royal Anne with Earl and Countess of Wessex. On a pleasant note, The Countess of Wessex Sophie is celebrating her 55th Birthday. I wish her a very Happy Birthday. Given the current situation in the Royal Family, it is believed that Earl and Countess of Wessex will have a more prominent role in Family as there are very few senior royals under the age of 70.

 


Speaking at the event, Prince William talked about his personal relationship with the African Continent. Emily Nash on Twitter reported,

“The African continent holds a very special place in my heart. It is the place my father took my brother and me shortly after our mother died.

And when deciding where best to propose to Catherine I could think of no more fitting place than Kenya to get down on one knee.

As Catherine and I have said to several of you here tonight, we hope to have the chance to visit many more countries in the future and share our mutual love of your continent with our children.”

A video of the day.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Needle and Thread red dress with Gianvito Rossi Pumps at UK-Africa Reception
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For the evening event, Duchess of Cambridge was looking royally elegant in an all-over red look. She wore a gorgeous red dress from British label Needle and Thread.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Needle and Thread Aurora Dress at the UK-Africa reception at Buckingham Palace
Needle and Thread Aurora Dress

Looks like Duchess was wearing a customised version of label’s ‘Aurora’ dress. Thanks to Kate’s Royal Closet on Twitter for the quick id. It was the first time we saw Catherine wearing any piece from British Label. Crafted from delicate tulle, the a-line dress has sequin work on it.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Needle and Thread Aurora Dress at the UK-Africa reception at Buckingham Palace
Needle and Thread Aurora Dress

The £410.00 dress is described as, “The Aurora Gown in Cherry Red. This light-catching floor-length dress is decorated with silver shimmering sequins inspired by vintage lace tablecloth. The Aurora is a long sleeve dress with pretty floral elements, engineered to flatter the A-line silhouette. There is delicate frill lace detailing around the neck and arm for further intrigue.”

Duchess of Cambridge wore Needle and Thread Aurora Dress at the UK-Africa reception at Buckingham Palace
Needle and Thread Aurora Dress

The dress comes in both Gown and Mini version. Catherine’s dress looks like a customised version with midi Length. A lovely description of Catherine’s look from Telegraph’s Tamara Abraham,

Kate made the challenge look easy, making her entrance alongside Prince William in a red evening dress that looked suitably celebratory, identifying her as co-host, but not so over-the-top that other guests looked underdressed – a tricky balance to strike.

Kate’s dress, a customised version of the £410 Aurora gown from the Cruise 2020 collection, was unquestionably dazzling. The tulle creation was inspired by the design of a vintage lace tablecloth and is decorated with tonal sequins and a frill detail at the arms and neck.

The deep red hue was spot on: bold, regal, elegant, and no accidental stroke of luck – the 38-year-old will have learnt from the Queen that it is important to wear an eye-catching colour for such engagements so that people who may have waited to catch a glimpse of you can identify you easily in a crowd or from a distance.

 

Gianvito Rossi’s ‘Gianvito 105’ Red pumps
Gianvito Rossi’s ‘Gianvito 105’ Red pumps

It looks like Duchess paired the dress with her red Gianvito Rossi’s ‘Gianvito 105’ Red pumps

Jenny Packham Casa Clutch
Jenny Packham Casa Clutch

and Jenny Packham Casa Clutch.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Soru Jewellery Ruby Gold Earrings
Soru Jewellery Ruby Gold Earrings

Catherine wore a pair of Gold Ruby earrings from Soru Jewellery. Kate’s Royal Closet received confirmation from the label’s representative. The earrings are from 2017 collection and they will be available for pre-order.

Duchess of Cambridge visited The Goring hotel in March 2015 to mark its 105th anniversary
The Goring

In other news, the Goring Hotel – Where Catherine stayed a night before her wedding with her family, shared this unseen picture of Duchess giving the final touch to a painting that is now hanging in the hotel. The picture is from March 2015 when Catherine was expecting Princess Charlotte and visited the Hotel to mark its 105th anniversary.

Today Palace announced that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the UK Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony in Westminster on January 27th. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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