Kate Middleton visited Brookhill Children’s Centre in Woolwich yesterday, March 18 to see the work of Home-Start – a family support charity supporting families with children under five to help parents build better lives for their children; with 15,000 volunteers supporting 32,000 families. The two biggest headlines? Kate talking about her due date, and her cheap dress selling out. Seriously, that’s what the papers focused on.
Home-Start “provides support to families facing pressures caused by isolation, mental ill health, multiple births, bereavement, disability, poor housing or financial stress which can all have a devastating effect on parents and their children.”
Isolation? Like, because the parents don’t see anyone because they are too busy taking care of their babies, or because they live in a remote area? Or due to other reasons? Either way, that’s interesting. Isolation can certainly lead to depression, which can be traumatic and cause long lasting effect not only for the parents but also the children, so it’s interesting that they focus on that. Having some sort of support is such a big help when dealing with depression.
Kate met with the staff and volunteers and families, and had a behind-closed-doors meeting with two families being supported by the charity. She also took part in (more like watched) a training session. Kate arrived at around 10:30 local time and stayed for about an hour and a half.
Kate met with the volunteers and families during a “coffee morning” where there were biscuits (that’s British for cookies, right?) on the table. Kate declined to eat one.
From the Daily Mail:
Kate was asked by volunteer Christie Osborne when Baby Cambridge 2 is due, and Kate replied, “I’m due mid-April to the end of April. Not long to go now.”
When discussing sleeping patterns and feeding routines, Kate said:“It can be hard, can’t it. So often it’s about giving you the confidence to interact with your baby.”
She was given a potty training manual for Prince George to which she replied: “Oh that’s perfect. We will certainly be needing that!”
As she was leaving, Kate thanked staff and told them: “I can now see how the work you does makes such a difference to all these families. It is remarkable.”
I’m kind of shocked they actually printed something Kate said, because they usually don’t. Either because she never says anything of interest, or because she speaks so quietly that no one can hear her. But the DM actually printed quotes – interesting. And she actually speaks loud enough for the you to hear her when she’s speaking to the kids in the video below.
Kate received a card with the kid’s handprints inside. Um… How is she able to bend down like that at eight months pregnant? Is that normal? I would think it would at least be super uncomfortable, if not impossible. But I wouldn’t actually know.
Sigh. I know my liking of Kate’s last two outfits caused a bit of a stir in the comments in the last Kate post, and I know most of you didn’t like the all-brown St. Patrick’s Day outfit, but I stand by the fact that I thought Kate looked good for the Afghan Service and St. Patrick’s Day. But Kate’s fashion high didn’t last long, for yesterday Kate was back to wearing dark colors when visiting children and children’s charities. Ugh.
Kate wore ASOS Maternity “Polka Dot Wrap Skater Dress” ($63.00). Kate wore a black coat while arriving, and the coat is not maternity whatsoever. The coat is from 2012 and reportedly made by Kate’s “private dressmaker”. I actually really like this coat; I liked it in 2012, too. But the coat is WAY TOO SMALL for Kate right now. She’s trying to shove her eight months pregnant body into a coat made for a non-pregnant, skinny woman. She can fit her arms into the coat, but it does not close in the front and is pulling at the back (UPDATE: So apparently the link I had wasn’t working for some of you, so here and here are two different links showing Kate from the back). It doesn’t look good on her right now. She really needs to get over the whole “trying to fit into non-maternity clothes” thing. At least she took the coat off when she got inside. The dress actually fits here, because, you know, maternity wear.
Kate accessorized with her Mulberry Bayswater clutch and her Stuart Weitzman Power pumps she’s been really fond of lately. The Kiki McDonough “Morganite and Diamond Cushion Drop Earrings” made a reappearance, as did her Mappin and Webb “Fortune” Pendant and Cartier watch.
An update to Kate’s calendar:
On March 27, she and Prince William will tour the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford, then visit XLP in Gipsy Hill to watch an Arts Showcase presentation, and then visit an XLP community bus and the XLP mobile recording studio in the Hazel Grove Estate in Sydenham.
Rebecca Deacon cameo:
Other links: Mirror.
Photos: Getty/Kensington Palace Twitter/Kensington Palace Instagram/Rebecca English Twitter