The Princess of Wales offered a three-year-old boy her remembrance poppy this morning while chatting with the youngster during a visit to a children’s centre.
Kate Middleton, 40, appeared in good spirits as she arrived at Colham Manor Children’s Centre today, where she is set to learn more about maternal mental health and speak with staff who have helped vulnerable mothers in the community.
The royal donned a smart £369 dark olive coat from Hobbs for the occasion, which she paired with a £36 khaki dress from Mango, her £625 Jimmy Choo bag and her favourite set of £550 pearl drop earrings from designer Kiki McDonough.
The mother-of-three, who has focused on early years support and mental health in her royal career, showed off her maternal side as she chatted to young mothers and their babies at the centre.
Outside, she crouched down on the ground as she chatted to one little boy, Akeem, three, who asked the Princess her name, before she offered him her flower.
After removing the pin, she gave him the little tribute, telling him it was to ‘remember all the soldiers who died in the war’.
The Princess was animated as she chatted with young mothers at the centre, one of whom presented the royal with a bouquet of flowers
Today, The Princess swept her hair into her usual bouncy blow dry style, and opted for a neutral makeup look, with a touch of blusher and a little eyeliner for the occasion.
The coat, the Lori Wool Cashmere Blend Belted Long Coat in olive from the high street retailer Hobbs, is described online as ‘inspired by military design’ and is a ‘timeless’ piece.
The royal, who is known for her love of high street brands, paired the trendy coat with a comfortable khaki green knit dress from Mango.
The brand is one which she has worn a number of times in the past, while she also occasionally dresses her children in the label.
Wrapped up in her olive green Hobbs coat, Kate appeared in high spirits during the outing in Hillingdon this morning
Meanwhile she accessorised with her £625 Jimmy Choo croc-embellished handbag and a matching pair of heels.
During today’s visit, Kate heard how the care provided in the borough of Hillingdon exemplifies the benefits of adapting a system to better suit the needs of women and families.
Meanwhile she also joined a mother and baby group taking place at the Centre and spoke with mothers who have received support for their mental health to hear about their experiences.
The session included mothers who have been supported by two of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance’s member organisations – Home-Start and Birth Companions.
The royal mother-of-three wore her favourite set of £550 pearl drop earrings from designer Kiki McDonough for the occasion (pictured)
The royal went on to meet representatives from agencies working across perinatal services including specialist psychiatry staff, midwives, health visitors and social workers for a roundtable discussion.
There, they discussed how the service has developed to meet the needs of the most vulnerable mothers in their community,
Earlier this year, the royal said no mother is ‘immune to experiencing anxiety and depression’ in a video to mark becoming patron of the MMHA.
Kate has made the early years development of children one of the main pillars of her public role and the work complements the work she is trying to do through her Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood.
The royal, who is known for her love of high street brands, paired the trendy coat with a comfortable khaki green knit dress from Mango
The MMHA is a UK-wide charity and network of more than 100 organisations, working to ensure women and families affected by perinatal mental problems have access to high-quality comprehensive care and support.
Her visit comes hours after the release of the new series of The Crown, which is likely to have sent shockwaves through the palace. The Daily Mail’s Royal Editor Rebecca English has suggested that the programme may be so controversial that it could prompt the Palace to break its ‘never complain, never explain’ tradition.
Kate’s character doesn’t appear in the newest series of The Crown – however she will be portrayed in the next, and final, season of the explosive drama.
It features graphic reconstructions of the most private of conversations in lascivious detail, imagined chats between Prince William and his late mother, and Princess Diana’s infamous interview with Martin Bashir.
Last year the then Duke of Cambridge made a deeply emotional public statement asking that the Bashir interview, which was obtained through deception, should never be seen in public again. Sources have since made clear that this applies to using it for dramatic purposes too.