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Duchess Kate opens up her Kensington Palace home for charity event

November 20, 2014
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The Duchess of Cambridge opened the doors toKensington Palace on Wednesday to host the mental health charityPlace2Be Wellbeing in School Awards. The charity is the leading provider ofschool-based mental health support in the UK and Kate is one of their patrons.

The beloved royal, who wore a midnight blue knee-length skirtwith a sheer polka dot shirt from Hobbs, welcomed guests and chatted to the 20finalists. Little Prince George wasn’t in attendance but waswith his father and nanny next door.

Kate wrote in the awards program that “the commitment, dedication and hardwork that is going in across the schools involved with Place2Be is trulyhumbling, and to recognize that feels incredibly important.”

Later inthe evening, Kate presented the Child Champion Award to 11-year-old Bailey Dunne, who had overcome her own struggles and gone on tohelp others.

Place2BeChief Executive Benita Refson praised Kate’s work with the charity. "Thisis a wonderful, exciting opportunity to honor our young people and schools insuch a wonderful setting, " she said.

She added:"The Duchess' total and utter belief in what we do and her commitmentto children's mental health is incredible."

Kate has stepped up her public appearances now that sheis four months into her pregnancy and is over her severe morning sickness. Lastweek she attended the Royal Variety Performance and in December she is set to visit New York City.

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