Yesterday, November 7, Kate Middleton stopped by the Anna Freud Center’s 2017 Gala, held at The Orangery at Kensington Palace, where she met with donors and people the charity supports.
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, of which Kate is Patron, is a children’s mental health charity which improves the quality, accessibility and effectiveness of treatment by bringing together leaders in neuroscience, mental health, social care and education to work together to develop, disseminate and deliver evidence-based treatment, through scientific innovation, research and collaboration.
Upon arrival at the gala, Kate met key supporters of the charity, along with families the charity has helped. Some of the people Kate met spoke with the press after meeting her.
“The Duchess met Terell Llewelyn, 11, from West London, who is now back in mainstream school after being helped by the charity, and his father Wayne Llewelyn. Wayne said afterwards: ‘It makes a difference that the Duchess of Cambridge has taken an interest in this. It’s brilliant. There’s a lot of children in London who could do with this kind of help.’
“The charity’s chief executive Peter Fonagy said: ‘She’s very interested in maternal mental health. One of the things that we are interested in is intervening as early as possible in children’s lives to improve their chances of good mental health throughout life. And she’s particularly concerned that mothers’ mental health plays a major role in this and that we are able to support mothers to support their children.’
Kate left before an auction was held to raise money for the charity.
For the gala, Kate repeated a gown she previously wore while pregnant with Charlotte in November 2014 at the Royal Variety Performance: the black lace Diane von Furstenberg “Zarita” gown. Kate also carried her black Prada clutch for this outing.
2017 on the left, 2014 on the right.
The press is making a big deal about the fact that Meghan Markle wore a version of the Zarita dress back in 2012. But the Zarita dress, in its many colors and short and long versions, was a popular dress. Other people who have also worn this dress include Princess Madeleine in 2012, a woman at the RVF with Kate in 2014, and Emily VanCamp in 2012.
Anyway, back to Kate. As I did in 2014, I find this dress super boring. But what this outing has that 2014’s outing didn’t is the Queen’s jewels. Kate brought out Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Pendant Earrings for a fourth go-round, and debuted yet another piece of HM’s collection: The Diamond Quatrefoil Bracelet.
The Queen wore this bracelet to the opening of parliament in 2010, but other than that there isn’t much known at all about this bracelet. Kate is racking up quite the collection of jewelry loans from HM.