The Duchess makes a surprise visit to Anna Freud Centre Conference

The Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise visit to a conference hosted by her patronage Anna Freud Centre today. She appeared at the “Improving young people’s mental resilience and wellbeing: Learning from HeadStart” conference in London at the Amnesty International UK Human Rights Action Centre this morning. During the conference, she heard key note speakers from the field of resilience research.

The Duchess is a patron for The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) since 2016 and visited the conference today because she is said to be keen on learning more about children’s mental health and early intervention. Early intervention is focussed on giving young people support at a very young age to prevent problems later on in life. The visit was not announced beforehand. According to Kensington Palace, HRH wanted to attend the conference without media spotlight to give her the chance of learning as much as possible. She will stay at the conference for most of the day.

In the afternoon, Catherine chatted with young people and staff about the subject of the conference: young people’s mental health. Over the past few months, the Duchess is showing even more interest than before in the subject and has been attending several conferences and meetings to learn more about children’s, early intervention and maternal mental health.

Her Royal Highness is wearing her ‘Bettina’ coat by Tory Burch today, first seen during the visit to NYC in 2014 (during her pregnancy with Princess Charlotte). The picture below shows the coat during its debut in 2014. She picked a pair of black pants, high-heeled black booties and her Mappin & Webb ‘Empress’ earrings to go with the sparkly coat. It is believed that she also look her beloved dove grey Tod’s D-Styling Baletto bag with her to the conference today.

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