Last night, Kate hosted the first annual Wellbeing in Schools Awards for her children’s mental health charity Place2Be at Kensington Palace in the State Apartments next to her private residence.
She invited 170 school staff, volunteers, pupils and supporters for a reception and awards ceremony. Parents, grandparents and teachers were asked to nominate school leaders, staff, and children for the range of accolades.
The awards ceremony began at 7pm in the King’s Gallery where The Duchess of Cambridge presented the Child Champion Award to 11-year-old Bailey Dunne, from Highfield Community Primary School in Sunderland. He has overcome his own struggles and gone on to help others.
Place2Be works with more than 90,000 children in 230 primary and secondary schools, often in some of the most deprived areas of the UK, helping them deal with issues such as bullying, bereavement and family breakdown.
Kate mixed up black and navy, wearing a Hobbs Invitation Emilia black top with a corset bodice, sheer polka dot underlay and sleeves. The top is a purse friendly £89 – but before you race off to your nearest Hobbs it has long since sold out.
The Duchess paired it with a midnight blue, knee-length silk skirt from designer Jenny Packham’s Autumn Winter 2013 collection.
Individually, the pieces are beautiful and items that I would wear, but paired together, they looked mismatched. The black, matt textured crepe of the blouse clashes with the sheen of the silk skirt.