At the time, the royal mom of two was coping with severe morning sickness. After a series of appearances in recent weeks, she is again feeling like herself – and even dropping off Prince George at school.
On Tuesday, Kate, 35, made her rescheduled visit to Hornsey Road Children’s Centre in north London to see the family and parental support services provided. The royal, who wore a cream coat from Goat (get a similar style here) over a black dress, tights and knee-high boots, listened to personal experiences of parents and the volunteers who support them.
The Hornsey Road Children’s Centre provides a welcoming environment for expectant and new mothers, a place for children to play and mental health support to parents, as well as offering antenatal and postnatal services. One of the charities providing support services is Family Action.
Queen Elizabeth is royal patron of the charity, and Kate’s outing underlines how the younger royals are stepping in to check in with some of the institutions that the 91-year-old monarch supports.
The charity is one of the biggest British providers of early intervention services for 45,000 families, and helps with practical, emotional and financial support. It aims to strengthen families and communities, build skills and resilience, and improve the life chances of children and adults across the U.K.
Early intervention in tackling mental health challenges has been a key part of the princess’s work. Recently, she hosted a private discussion at the palace to hear more from experts – including the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and Best Beginnings — to gain a greater understanding of the issues and learn what support is available. She learned then that a fifth of women are affected by mental health problems during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child.