The Duchess of Cambridge delighted unsuspecting onlookers as she officially opened the new Islington headquarters of a children’s mental health charity.
Children’s charity Place2Be provides emotional support training and counselling for students, families and teachers across 300 schools nationwide, including two primary schools in Islington: The New North Academy near Angel and Blessed Sacrament RC Primary School in Kings Cross.
Charity’s new home
The charity’s new residence in Coller House, St John Street, will provide a hub for its growing research and evaluation teams, and will be used as a site to train counsellors, teachers and school leaders in therapeutic care and emotional support for pupils.
As well as learning about the charity’s training methods and research, Kate met students from a primary school in Southwark where Place2Be has been providing mental health support for 16 years.#
Kate, who is expecting her third child in April, is the Royal Patron of Place2Be and launched Children’s Mental Health Week last month as part of her ongoing campaign to raise awareness of the psychological impacts of addiction, poverty and abuse on children living throughout the UK.
The Duchess looked serene in a lacy royal blue A-line dress as she waved to a crowd of happy well-wishers.
Clerkenwell resident Sarah Wilson said: “I’ve abandoned all my shopping in Waitrose to wait for her! I’m very excited now. It’s not every day you get to see the Duchess outside your local supermarket.”
Passer-by Gill Sanders said: “She’s just beautiful, isn’t she? She looks like she’s ready to burst.”