Kate Middleton‘s haircut is growing on me. I actually wasn’t a fan of it when I first saw it yesterday, but the more I see it the more I like it. It’s not too long and not too short, and the bangs work much better with it this length. Anyway, the Duchess of Cambridge was out and about today, December 10, in Warminster, England visiting Action on Addiction’s Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies.
PS. I’ll cover the Nobel Prize ceremony and banquet tomorrow – I want to wait until the Swedish royal website posts the menu. Please no thread jacking.
Action on Addiction works to free people from addiction and its effects through prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, support for families and children, research, education, and workforce development. The Training Centre offers bespoke training for those working in addiction and related fields.
Kate joined a tutorial group of recent University of Bath graduates to discuss their training in addiction counseling. She also met families involved in the M-PACT program – which is a joint program with Place2Be – and participated in a graduation ceremony for people completing addiction counseling degrees. Upon her arrival, Kate was by greeted staff and representative from the charity, and received a posey from a family helped by the charity (more on that in a moment).
Kate became Patron of Action on Addiction in 2012 – it was one of her first patronages – and the last time she did a public appearance for them was in October 2014 when she attended their Autumn Gala. Before that she did an M-PACT plus visit in July 2014, and attended the 100 Women in Hedge Funds gala in 2013 which benefited Action on Addiction. Before then, she made an actual visit to the charity in February 2013.
Here is a story of the woman in the above photo, Anna Elston, from the Daily Mail:
“The Duchess of Cambridge was moved after hearing how a recovering alcoholic had overcome the trauma of losing her three sons to foster care to graduate a university course, in addiction counselling.
“Anna Elston, 43, told how she was ‘entrenched in active alcoholism’ and her children, including her premature baby son Dylan – who was born at 25 weeks and weighing just 1lb 12oz – were taken into care. But, after she was able to prove she could ‘get to grips with my recovery’ she mercifully regained some care of her sons after a year.
“Shaking her hand after a celebration ceremony at a training Center run by Action on Addiction, Kate, 33, told her, ‘I’m so happy and pleased that you got your children back.’ Elston adds, ‘She said ‘well done’ and wished me all the best.'”
Elston’s three sons – Jack, Eddie, and Dylan – were the ones who presented Kate with the posey of flowers.
Action on Addiction’s outgoing chief executive Nick Barton said of Kate:
“There’s obviously some overlap some addictions result as a response to mental health problems and sometimes mental health problems arise from addiction. What’s always struck me is she’s very keen to learn. You can tell from the quality of her questions. She’s hearing from students for a session to hear about why she chose this course and what good it’s been for them and what it’s going to do for them. She’s genuinely interested which is great.”
Kate wore another new coat from Reiss – her go-to coat designer this fall, apparently – this time choosing the “Rubik Houndstooth Wrap Coat” ($620). She also repeated a bespoke teal Emilia Wickstead dress she previously wore in New Zealand in 2014.
I actually really liked this dress when she wore it in 2014 so I’m glad it made a reappearance. Not a huge fan of the coat, though.
The Stuart Weitzman Power Pumps and Mulberry Bayswater Clutch made ANOTHER appearance (STAHP wearing these!), along with the Mappin and Webb “Empress” necklace and the “Diana” sapphire and diamond earrings.
Here is a comparison between Kate in 2014 (on the left) and Kate in 2015 (in the right).
Rebecca Deacon sighting. Um… poor thing.
There was some wind. Thankfully, Kate’s skirt stayed down.
Photos: Getty / Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal