Kate Middleton is bringing some Christmas cheer to families who lost their homes when the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy struck six months ago.
Kate, who is expecting her third child in April, helped out at the “Magic Mums” group, which aims to support mothers and their young children. During her visit, Kate, in a coat dress by Seraphine, played Santa by handing out presents, met with the young people taking part in a music workshop and helped organize the children’s Christmas party.
Seventy-one people were killed when a deadly blaze tore through Grenfell Tower in London on June 14. On Thursday, Kate will join husband Prince William, Prince Harry and Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall to attend the national memorial service at St. Paul’s Cathedral for those who suffered in the tragic event.
On Tuesday, Kate joined children and families at a community center not far from the site in Kensington where the tragedy occurred. She spent time with the Rugby Portobello Trust, which is part of a network of centers that provides support for people to run homework clubs, sports activities and tuition.
Kate joined a “Magic Mums” group that helps mothers, babies and toddlers after hearing about the crucial work they do.
Since the fire, the royals have visited with victims and emergency services on several occasions – including Queen Elizabeth and Prince William two days after the inferno.
And through their Royal Foundation, William, Kate and Harry have also established a support center to help victims cope with the mental health difficulties that have followed the catastrophic fire.
Earlier in the day, Will and Kate received a special accolade when they popped into a children’s TV show. The royal parents were handed a Blue Peter gold badge from the iconic BBC show in recognition of their work on mental heath.
They were praised for inspiring children to “speak their minds” during a year when the royals’ campaigning — alongside Prince Harry — has been at the forefront of their public work.
Blue Peter first aired in 1958 and is the longest-running children’s TV show in the world. William’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, is also a recipient of the special award. William joked that he’ll “compare” his badge with that of the Queen’s and Kate added that they’ve “got a lot more work to do” to match her.