You know what, you guys, I think Kate might be trolling us at this point. Like, she knows that we don’t want her to flash us, but she refuses to weight her hems or wear dresses that won’t blow around in the wind and she continues to wear dresses with slits up to her upper thighs. It’s like she reads all our comments and says, “Challenge accepted”.
With that in mind, our long lost Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, came out of her maternity leave hide-y hole for an appearance today, September 17, at the Anna Freud Centre.
Anna Freud was the sixth child of Sigmund Freud, and was one of the founders of child psychoanalysis. The Anna Freud Centre brings knowledge from neuroscience and social science research to help children, young people, and families find solutions to their difficulties by putting the child and their family at the center of their own care. The Centre also teaches and trains a new generation of researchers and clinicians in the latest skills and tools to improve mental health globally.
While at the Centre, Kate met with children and parents who have been helped by the Centre. Kate was also shown brain scans showing that the stress levels of a child suffering mental health problems are similar to those of a soldier returning from combat duty, to which Kate said, “It’s incredible the underpinning science behind it.”
Side note: I wonder which mental health problems the children whose brain scans Kate looked at were suffering from, and whether the similarity between a child suffering mental health problems and a soldier returning from combat duty is specific to one type of mental health problem or if it is universal.
Kate also saw plans for the new center which will be completed in 2018. While looking at the architect’s model, Kate said: “It’s quite a unique approach. Have you had any problems in terms of planning or have you been very well supported?”
While at the Family School (a nearby organization helped by the Anna Freud Centre), Kate participated in a reflex test. On the video, you can hear her say something about doing it in heels. To which I say, “Take off your heels, girl!” I’d love so much if Kate were to take off her shoes and really participate in something. She did so once in 2012 at a sports thing before the Olympics.
Kate spent about an hour at the Centre before moving on to the Family School where she also spent about an hour. So the entire visit was about two hours. That’s double the amount of time Kate usually spends at an appearance. Improvement?
As we’ve previously noted, it looks like Kate’s charity focus is changing from children’s hospices to children’s mental health. From the Telegraph:
“The Duchess is expected to become more involved with projects similar to the Anna Freud centre, having adopted a keen interest in mental health issues according to those briefed on the matter.
“The Duchess wants to play a part in the open discussion around the emotional and mental wellbeing of children.
“She is particularly interested in supporting early intervention programmes that tackle complex social issues, especially those that provide support to vulnerable families or children to build their resilience to cope with life’s challenges from an early age.”
Kate wore a new dress, and as expensive as it is I’m glad she wore something new. She shops all the time and has so many clothes so why bother pretending to be frugal by repeating clothes? I’m usually disappointed by her repeats anyway since she doesn’t bring back the pieces from 2011/2012 that I like. So bring on the new clothes.
Anyway, Kate went with an American designer this time. She chose the Ralph Lauren Black Label “Silk Austin Shirtdress” ($1,595.00). The dress is a houndstooth pattern and comes with the patent leather belt. There are two versions of the dress, a shorter version and a longer version. I’ll give Kate props for going with the longer, to-the-knee version. Maybe she is trying?
Kate accessorized with her Annoushka Pearl Drop Earrings, Stuart Weitzman Power pumps and Mulberry Bayswater clutch.
What do you guys think of the bangs/fringe? I’m… not used to it. I think Kate’s bangs are a lot better than Princess Charlene’s from the beginning of this year, but I think I prefer Kate without bangs. I’ll give her props for trying something different, though.
All in all… There was still crotch clutching, still flashings, still no speech or official statement, but she did go with a longer dress, stayed for more than an hour, didn’t sound terrible when talking to people, and changed up her hair. So… maybe there is improvement?
Photos: Getty / Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal / Ralph Lauren