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Duchess Kate supports foster carers at London charity

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The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, continued with her first engagements of 2015 as she stepped out to support The Fostering Network on Friday. Following her appearance at Barlby Primary School on Thursday, her first of the year, the pregnant Duchess celebrated the work of foster carers at the Islington charity. For the outing mum-to-be Kate wore a brown silk animal print dress by high street brand Hobbs, which she teamed with black tights and heels.

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On Friday Kate stepped out to support The Fostering Network

Prince William's wife previously wore the chic dress under a pink coat during a visit to Wales last year and then again on Christmas Day 2014. Youngsters and royal fans who had gathered outside cheered as the expectant Duchess arrived at the London charity to learn more about fostering and the need for more carers.

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The Duchess dazzled in brown Hobbs dress

"Today's visit by The Duchess to @fosteringnet will celebrate the brilliant work of foster carers in supporting vulnerable young people," tweeted Kensington Palace's newly-created account, later adding: "She's here! The Duchess of Cambridge meets Fostering Network staff before going into a private meeting." Kate's work with The Fostering Network is designed to help more people get involved in fostering as over 8,600 new foster homes are currently needed.

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Before departing, Kate spoke to the kids who had lined up to give her flowers

While Kate doesn't have an official link with The Fostering Network, their work with children and young people is close to her heart. As Kate left the building, after being praised by president Jim Bond for "shining a light on fostering", she was given a memory box by the charity to remind of her day with them.

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