Duchess of Cambridge’s stylish visit to Sunshine House

Duchess of Cambridge wore blue polka dot shirt to Sunshine Family Nursing Programme
Duchess of Cambridge wore blue polka dot shirt and Zara Culottes to Sunshine Family Nursing Programme
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Today, the Duchess of Cambridge made an embargoed visit to Sunshine House Children and Young People’s Health and Development Centre in London to meet the new mothers being supported by The Family Nurse Partnership. The visit was not announced beforehand so it came as a pleasant surprise to Royal followers.

Duchess of Cambridge wore blue polka dot shirt and Zara Culottes to Sunshine Family Nursing Programme
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Duchess was visiting to learn more about a nursing initiative that supports families and children in the early years run by the Family Nurse Partnership and to better understand how the programme has helped them and their children. The Family Nurse Partnership – a voluntary home visiting programme, supports young mothers and first-time parents aged 24 & under to have a healthy pregnancy, improve their child’s health and development and attain their goals for their child and their family.

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Sunshine House Children and Young People’s Health and Development Centre provide community health services in a variety of locations across Lambeth and Southwark.  The Family Nurse Partnership is one of them.  At FNP parents are partnered with a specially trained family nurse, who visits them regularly from early pregnancy until their child is two.

Duchess of Cambridge wore blue polka dot shirt and Zara Culottes to Sunshine Family Nursing Programme
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About the visit palace said, “the visit is to further Duchess’ research and engagement with the Early Years sector. FNP in Southwark is delivered by Evelina London, of which Her Royal Highness is Patron. As part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Evelina London is a major children’s hospital and provider of community services. From health visitors and school nurses to specialist treatment for children with long-term health conditions, Evelina London’s community services care for children and families across the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark“. Catherine has made support to families, carers and children in their early years and mental health her primary focus of public life as a royal.

Duchess of Cambridge wore blue polka dot shirt and Zara Culottes to Sunshine Family Nursing Programme
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Since late 2017, Catherine has been doing extensive research and studies in the field. She even set up a steering group of experts and professionals in the field of early years. The Duchess’s longer-term aim is to create a partnership between experts and organisations in order to build strong collaboration and to raise awareness of issues like perinatal, maternal and infant mental health, and the need for parenting support and advice, as well as resources for schools and educators. The steering group will work in the months ahead and report back to The Duchess on options for long-term collaboration.

Duchess of Cambridge wore blue polka dot shirt and Zara Culottes to Sunshine Family Nursing Programme
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The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) in Southwark is run by Evelina London, a children’s hospital and provider of community services. Duchess of Cambridge became the patron of Evelina London in December 2018. Evelina London was also one of the chosen charities for the funds and gifts at the birth of Prince Louis in April 2018. Families from Evelina London were invited at the unveiling of Duchess’s Back to Nature Garden Wisley in Woking, Surrey earlier last week.

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By focusing on their strengths, FNP enables young parents to develop good relationships with and understand the needs of their child, make choices that will give their child the best possible start in life, Believe in themselves and their ability to succeed and mirror the positive relationship they have with their family nurse with others.

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FNP is structured – the tools it uses and the nature and number of visits are prescribed, based on years of research, evidence, successful implementation and constant evaluation – but it is also flexible. Within this structure, nurses deliver a highly personalised intervention based around the specific strengths and needs of each client. We call this agenda matching, and it is a sophisticated process demanding a high level of skill from our nurses.

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Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is delivered in around 80 areas across England. Each local team is made up of specially trained family nurse supervisors, family nurses, and quality support officers. The supervisors are experienced and highly skilled health professionals who also receive extensive additional training from the FNP National Unit. They lead the local team: providing supervision to their nurses, incorporating formative, restorative and normative elements, ensuring the safeguarding of clients and their children; developing the learning of the nurses in their team; and engage and build positive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders. Importantly, they also carry a small caseload of clients.

A video of the day. From People’s report,

One of those professionals, Kate Stanley, from the children’s charity the NSPCC, told PEOPLE earlier this month that Kate “has identified very shrewdly that if you want to tackle the root causes of all mental health then looking at the early years is a great place to be. It is a critical period of of development, lays the foundations for later life for both our physical health and mental health. It’s a natural progression from that interest.”

Kate has a “really strong interest therefore in how you can support mothers and fathers in the earliest months of life of a child and during pregnancy in order to make sure that brain architecture was well supported. And a real compassion about the challenges of that and desire to understand the experiences of the families that some of the people around the table work with.”

During the visit, Duchess met the team at Sunshine House, whose work helps support young mothers. She talked about how quickly her children grow up and she can’t believe George is already 6.


Coming to what Duchess wore – Catherine debuted another stunning look today.

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She was wearing Equipment Slim Signature Polka Dot Silk Shirt. Thanks to Caroline Parr on Twitter for the id.

Duchess of Cambridge wore blue polka dot shirt to Sunshine Family Nursing Programme
Equipment Slim Signature Polka Dot Silk Shirt

The $280 shirt is described as, “This button-down features all the classic elements of our signature blouse from the front buttons to the double chest pockets, but we’ve cut it slightly more fitted for a structured work-ready look”.

Duchess of Cambridge wore blue polka dot shirt to Sunshine Family Nursing Programme
Equipment Slim Signature Polka Dot Silk Shirt

The silk shirt features Front button closure, Spread collar, Chest flap-patch pockets, Long sleeves with button cuffs, back yoke with box pleat and Shirttail hem.  It is currently available on Equipment, Nordstrom and Shopbop.

Duchess of Cambridge wore blue polka dot shirt and Zara Culottes to Sunshine Family Nursing Programme
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Catherine paired the look with Zara black Culottes. Thanks to PackhamGown and Cambridge mums on Twitter for the id.

Duchess of Cambridge wore blue polka dot shirt and Zara Culottes to Sunshine Family Nursing Programme
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The $49.90 high waist wide-leg trousers have side zip fastening hidden in the seam. It is also available in grey and white.

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

Catherine was wearing her Gianvito Rossi Piper 85 suede pumps.

Duchess of Cambridge opened back to nature garden at RHS Wisley wearing Emilia Wickstead floral dress
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Duchess finished her look with gold-tone earring she wore last week at the opening of RHS Back To Nature Garden in Surrey. 
Today was not the only unannounced engagement, Court Circular also had two Royal Foundation meetings, one in the last week when Duchess met with director Richard Curtis and one yesterday when she attended Royal Foundation Trustees’ Meeting.
Next, we will see William and Catherine will be visiting Birkenhead on Thursday, September 26th. The Palace announced,

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Birkenhead on Thursday 26th September to attend the naming ceremony of the UK’s new polar research ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough. Before the ceremony, Their Royal Highnesses will undertake a short tour of the ship. Owned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and operated by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the RRS Sir David Attenborough will enable world-leading research to be carried out in Antarctica and the Arctic over the next 25 to 30 years. Studying these remote regions plays a crucial role in allowing us to understand the changes in our planet’s oceans, marine life and climate systems. The ship will be available year-round to the UK’s research community.

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Duchess of Cambridge in Lovely Floral Emilia Wickstead for RHS Wisley Opening

Duchess of Cambridge opened back to nature garden at RHS Wisley wearing Emilia Wickstead floral dress
Duchess of Cambridge opened back to nature garden at RHS Wisley wearing Emilia Wickstead floral dress
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The Duchess of Cambridge today unveiled a children’s playground paradise inspired by her ‘Back to Nature Garden’ first displayed at Chelsea Flower Show in May earlier this year at the RHS Wisley Garden. Duchess attended the Back to Nature Festival at RHS Wisley in Surrey, which celebrates the value of communities to our wellbeing and marks the culmination of the RHS garden project.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took Princess Charlotte to her first day of school
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It was Catherine’s first official engagement after summer vacation. Last week we saw her dropping Charlotte at School for her first day with William and George.

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The Back to Nature Garden Festival will stay open between 10–15 September 2019. The Festival includes a coconut shy, gardening activities, maypole dancing and circus acts. Visitors can create bunting using pressed flowers and leaves, make origami seed packets to fill with wildflower seeds, and sow peas to take home and grow.

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The centrepiece attraction of Wisely garden is a giant wooden treehouse. The Back to Nature Garden is a space where families can play, discover and relax in a natural and exciting environment, and will delight thousands of children for years to come. About the visit and garden Palace said,

The Back to Nature play garden has been inspired by the Duchess’s designs and includes elements such as the hollow log from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden, and the wildflower meadow and rolling hill showcased at Hampton Court. New features include two connected treehouses and slides which encourage families and friends to have fun together in a natural environment. The garden was designed by landscape architects Davies White with input from the RHS, and will be a permanent installation at RHS Garden Wisley.

The garden is child-friendly with a sandpit, water feature and a set of swings and a hut made to look like a hedgehog. The play area will remain a permanent part of the RHS Wisley garden.

 

Duchess arriving at the garden. The Wild at Wisley play area went through an exciting transformation this summer and have fun play elements. It also incorporates the winning sculpture from the BBC Blue Peter Royal Garden Competition.

Duchess of Cambridge in Blue Peter
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In June this year, the Duchess of Cambridge joined forces with CBBC’s Children’s show Blue Peter to launch a special competition that asks viewers to design a sculpture to go into The Duchess’s Back to Nature garden.

The garden has features from the Duchess’s Back to Nature Garden displayed at Chelsea Flower Show and RHS Hampton Court Garden but is larger and even more child-friendly. RHS Director Sue Biggs said, ” We are grateful to the duchess for the incredible impact that this Back to Nature collaboration has had. There is no doubt that this project, through her passion and vision, has highlighted that access to natural environments and green spaces isn’t just a nice to have, it’s vital to have. This is something that the RHS also strongly believes in and will continue to champion through our Greening Great Britain Campaign and charitable work.”

Duchess of Cambridge Gave Final Touches to Her Back to Nature Garden
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Catherine helped to create this special Chelsea show garden as part of her ‘early years’ project, that is exploring how childhood experiences have a direct link with the issues some face as adults, such as addiction and social exclusion.

Duchess of Cambridge RHS Back to Nature Garden
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The Duchess of Cambridge is a strong advocate for the proven benefits the outdoors has on physical and mental health and the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development in particular.  She believes that spending time outdoors plays a pivotal role in the future health and happiness of youngsters, and is keen to find ways to encourage this. She recently said,

I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young children. I really hope that this woodland that we have created really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took kids to Back to Nature Garden
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Duchess’ three kids Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were also involved in the project.  She also brought her children to her first garden. Speaking about her kids, Duchess once said,

Yes, “rain or shine” they get “dragged outside. But it’s great, and I see it encourage creativity, confidence. Even a short amount of time 10 to 15 minutes outside makes a huge difference I think to both physical well-being but also to our mental well-being.”

Earlier in July, Catherine has lent her support to Backyard Nature– a UK Wide campaign helping children and grown-ups to make a real difference to the planet.

 

Today, Duchess was joined by the celebrity chef Mary Berry, who is also an RHS Ambassador. Both ladies hitched a ride on a tractor, alongside several other children.

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After the ride, Catherine thanked the tractor driver, telling her, “Thank you, well done. The kiddies loved it!”

Duchess of Cambridge opened back to nature garden at RHS Wisley wearing Emilia Wickstead floral dress
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The Duchess planted a weeping blue cedar tree to mark the garden’s opening.

Duchess of Cambridge opened back to nature garden at RHS Wisley wearing Emilia Wickstead floral dress
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The RHS Garden is the final display of Duchess’ Back to Nature Garden. Before it, the garden was first displayed in May during the Chelsea Flower Show and then in July at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.

Duchess of Cambridge opened back to nature garden at RHS Wisley wearing Emilia Wickstead floral dress
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At Wisley, the new garden has two connected treehouses and slides, which encourage families and friends to have fun together in a natural environment. New elements include a ‘bouncing forest’, where visitors can jump on trampolines surrounded by trees and a living willow pod.

Duchess of Cambridge opened back to nature garden at RHS Wisley wearing Emilia Wickstead floral dress
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During today’s visit, Catherine joined schoolchildren, charities and organisations who have helped her work in the early year’s field to enjoy the fun, which includes a maypole and coconut shy. Among them were students from Place2Be, patients from Catherine’s patronage the Evelina London Children’s Hospital and families from Family Action.

 

Mother of three cute kids, Duchess enjoyed time with kids and families at the garden.

Duchess of Cambridge opened back to nature garden at RHS Wisley wearing Emilia Wickstead floral dress
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Speaking during the visit, Duchess said,

As many of you know, I was invited by the RHS to co-design a garden for families and children for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. It’s been the most amazing experience and I can’t thank the RHS enough for giving me this wonderful opportunity.

I am not as green-fingered as many of you here, but I was passionate about creating a garden that inspired children and adults alike to get back to nature and reap the positive mental and physical health benefits that it can bring.

Whether it is planting, exploring, digging, creating, or playing; quality time spent outside provides children with the perfect environment to form those positive relationships with the people in their lives and the world around them

As a parent, I have learned just how important it is to foster our children’s development, in all areas, not just physical, as soon as they are born. We build the blocks, the foundations, for future success and happiness later in their lives.

There is a well-known proverb – that it takes a village to raise a child – and everyone here represents an integral part of that very village. By coming together, having fun and experiencing new things, we can all impart life-long benefits on our children

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For the visit, Catherine chose Emilia Wickstead Aurora belted floral-print Swiss-dot cotton-blend seersucker dress. Thanks to Middleton Maven on Twitter for the id.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Emilia Wickstead Aurora belted floral-print Swiss-dot cotton-blend seersucker dress to RHS Wisley Opening
Emilia Wickstead Aurora belted floral-print Swiss-dot cotton-blend seersucker dress

Part of an exclusive capsule, the $2,255.00 dress is described as, “this ‘Aurora’ shirt dress is made from light and breathable seersucker and decorated with Emilia’s signature ‘Rosewood’ florals.”

Duchess of Cambridge wore Emilia Wickstead Aurora belted floral-print Swiss-dot cotton-blend seersucker dress to RHS Wisley Opening
Emilia Wickstead Aurora belted floral-print Swiss-dot cotton-blend seersucker dress

The rosewood dress is crafted from multicoloured Swiss-dot cotton-blend seersucker and features partially concealed button fastenings through front, a self buckled belt. The dress is currently available on Net-a-Porter.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Emilia Wickstead Aurora belted floral-print Swiss-dot cotton-blend seersucker dress to RHS Wisley Opening
Emilia Wickstead Aurora belted floral-print Swiss-dot cotton-blend seersucker dress

A closer look at the fabric.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Emilia Wickstead Aurora belted floral-print Swiss-dot cotton-blend seersucker dress to RHS Wisley Opening
Emilia Wickstead Floral-print Swiss-dot cotton-blend seersucker shirt and skirt

The pattern is also available in a blouse and a skirt on Net-a-Porter.

Monsoon 'Fleur' Taupe Suede Espadrille Wedges
Monsoon ‘Fleur’ Taupe Suede Espadrille Wedges

Duchess paired the outfit with her Monsoon ‘Fleur’ Taupe Suede Espadrille Wedges.

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Duchess wore a new pair of earrings today. Initially, it was thought that they were Accessorize Simple Filigree Short Drop Earrings but Susan from What Kate Wore noted the difference. I will update the post once we found more about them.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge accompanied Princess Charlotte to her first Day of School

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took Princess Charlotte to her first day of school
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took Princess Charlotte to her first day of school
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Today was the big day for our little Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. Charlotte started her formal education at Thomas’s Battersea, where Prince George is already a student since September 2017. The school is located just a few miles away from the family’s official residence in London Kensington Palace.

 

Both Duke and Duchess of Cambridge accompanied Princess Charlotte to her first day of the school. William was holding George’s hand and his school bag while Charlotte was on her Mother’s side looking anxious but excited. On last Thursday, Kensington Palace announced that

“Princess Charlotte, accompanied by the Duke and Duchss of Cambridge and Prince George, will attend her first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea on Thursday 5th September”.

Simon O’Malley, headteacher of the school remarked, “We are delighted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have decided that Princess Charlotte will join her elder brother, Prince George, at Thomas’s Battersea. We greatly look forward to welcoming her and all of our new pupils to the school in September.”

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Express reported that Charlotte will start learning French, computing, art, music, drama and ballet at the school where George is already a student of Grade 2 and ready to learn literacy, numeracy, science, swimming and music.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took Princess Charlotte to her first day of school
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The choice of kids’ school was not unexpected but a bit far away from the school royal kids have attended in the past. William and Catherine, who are determined to give their children a normal life during the early years of their lives, said in March 2017 via Palace,

“Their Royal Highnesses are delighted to have found a school where they are confident George will have a happy and successful start to his education”.

The school’s website describes itself as, “Thomas’s Battersea is a busy, thriving, purposeful school, educating 560 boys and girls between the ages of four and 13. As you would expect of any Thomas’s school, the most important school rule is to ‘Be Kind’. We offer a rich and broad curriculum, with Art, Ballet, Drama, ICT, French, Music and PE all taught by specialist teachers from a child’s first day in school”.

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“The school is structured in three, three-year stages (the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools) within a framework of ‘Enjoyment, Learning and Achievement’, which informs a child’s journey through the school. Children join at the age of four and leave at 11 or 13”.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge accompanied Princess Charlotte to her first Day of School
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“Whilst we are proud of our record of the senior school entrance and scholarship successes, we place a greater emphasis on a set of core values, which include kindness, courtesy, confidence, humility and learning to be givers, not takers. We hope that our pupils will leave this school with a strong sense of social responsibility, set on a path to become net contributors to society and to flourish as conscientious and caring citizens of the world. In a rich language environment children are encouraged to speak and listen in a range of situations; they communicate as they investigate and problem solve; they develop confidence and skills in expressing themselves and extend their social skills. Teachers model rich language and encourage children to express their thoughts and ideas through conversation”.

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Charlotte is starting her reception year at the school. Both George and Charlotte are known as Cambridges with full name Geroge Cambridge and Charlotte Cambridge at school.

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We can see a sparkly £3 unicorn key ring hanging from Charlotte’s bag. Duchess told Head of the lower school, Helen Haslem, ” She (Charlotte) is very excited”. Charlotte was seen playing with her pony through the time in front of cameras. I guess that was her way of handling the pressure of the first day that was a very much public event.

Prince George Started School
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Catherine missed Prince George’s first day of school, as she was expecting her third child Prince Louis in September 2017 and was suffering from acute morning sickness. But Palace released this beautiful official portrait marking George’s first day. We can expect a similar picture today also.

Prince George Started School
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Catherine has been spotted many times on school run. She drops and picks George from school regularly. The close bond of family is shown when Carole Middleton was also spotted picking her eldest grandchild from school a few times.

Prince George with Princess Charlotte on charlotte's first day of school official portrait
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Updated: As expected Palace shared the cute picture marking Princess Charlotte’s first day of school.

 

The picture was taken at the steps of Kensington Palace before George and Charlotte left for school. Both siblings have protected and loving arms around each other. So far we do not know who took the picture.

 

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For her daughter’s big day, Duchess bring back a stunning look.

Michael Michael Kors floral-print belted midi shirt dress
Michael Kors floral-print belted midi shirt dress

She was wearing Michael Kors Floral-print Dress that she first wore in May 2018 at the royal wedding rehearsal in Windsor.

Prada Suede Pointy-toe Pumps
Prada Suede Pointy-toe Pumps

Catherine paired the dress with Prada Suede Pointy-toe Pumps debuted in March 2016 when she visited EACH Hospice.

Asprey London Oak Leaf Small Hoop Earrings
Asprey London Oak Leaf Small Hoop Earrings

Duchess finished her look with Asprey London Oak Leaf Small Hoop Earrings debuted in July 2018 at Wimbledon Men’s Finale in July 2018.

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The highlight of Duchess’ look was her beautiful hair. The normally brunette locks were a shade or two lighter today with honey-toned highlights giving Duchess a stunning autumn look.

On Saturday evening, the Daily Mirror reported that William and Catherine took their kids to enjoy a peaceful outing before they start school.

 

 

 

 

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