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Kate Middleton appeared delighted to be on duty with Prince William as they undertook their first engagement of 2022 during a visit to the Foundling Museum in London this morning. 

The Duchess of Cambridge, 40, beamed as she arrived for her first in-person event of the year at the museum, which tells the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity which was founded in 1739 as a home for children whose mothers couldn’t keep or care for them.

The mother-of-three, who has been patron of the museum since 2019, offered a lesson in business chic as she stepped out for the event this morning, donning a black polo neck and recycling a long-line navy coat and her favourite pair of £130 Jigsaw trousers. 

While the Duchess has worn the coat in the past, the brand has never been identified.  

The royal, who wore her brown locks down in a loose curly blow dry, added a touch of glam to her outfit with a dazzling pair of £7 earrings from Accessorize.  

The couple could be seen donning face masks as they walked inside the building in accordance with the museum’s policy, which asks those visiting to wear a face covering. 

The Duke and Duchess listened to the stories of those who have experienced life in care  today, but William could not avoid the drama of his own family as a TV crew asked him ‘do you support Prince Andrew?’ as the couple left the museum.

William leaned closer to hear but then walked past without commenting.     

Kate Middleton appeared delighted to be on duty with Prince William as they undertook their first engagement of 2022 during a visit to the Foundling Museum in London this morning

Kate Middleton appeared delighted to be on duty with Prince William as they undertook their first engagement of 2022 during a visit to the Foundling Museum in London this morning

Kate Middleton appeared delighted to be on duty with Prince William as they undertook their first engagement of 2022 during a visit to the Foundling Museum in London this morning 

A rare sign of PDA! Prince William and Kate shared a giggle as they left the engagement earlier this morning (pictured together)

A rare sign of PDA! Prince William and Kate shared a giggle as they left the engagement earlier this morning (pictured together)

A rare sign of PDA! Prince William and Kate shared a giggle as they left the engagement earlier this morning (pictured together) 

Keep the cold at bay like Kate in a chic blue coat

She’s renowned for her stylish dress sense, and the Duchess of Cambridge lived up to her reputation once again today.

Paying a visit to The Foundling Museum, Kate wore her favourite Jigsaw trousers with suede court heels, a high neck knit, and some thrifty Accessorize earrings. The sleek coat was definitely the piece de resistance though.

We love the timeless teal-blue hue, which makes a refreshing change from black, along with the tailored fit and single-breasted design. She last wore this in January 2020 (pictured, right), and it looks just as good two years on.

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The Duke and Duchess participated in a therapy session with individuals who have experienced the care system, during a visit to the Foundling Museum

The Duke and Duchess participated in a therapy session with individuals who have experienced the care system, during a visit to the Foundling Museum

The Duke and Duchess participated in a therapy session with individuals who have experienced the care system, during a visit to the Foundling Museum

The couple laughed as they spoke with Britain's former track and field athlete Kriss Akabusi about his experience in the care sector (pictured)

The couple laughed as they spoke with Britain's former track and field athlete Kriss Akabusi about his experience in the care sector (pictured)

The couple laughed as they spoke with Britain’s former track and field athlete Kriss Akabusi about his experience in the care sector (pictured) 

The natural beauty kept her makeup to a minimum, with just a touch of blusher, nude-coloured lip and light layering of mascara.

The Duchess opted for her favourite pair of wide-legged trousers for the occasion, which she has worn on multiple occasions over the past year.

Kate, who is known for mixing high end designers with high street steals, also donned a trendy set of gold hoops from the cut-price store Accessorize. 

Online, the earrings, which are part of a 3-for-2 offer and have recently been slashed in price to just £2, are described as ‘the perfect pairing to give your daytime look some chic appeal.’

Earlier the couple had met adults who grew up without settled homes but had managed to turn their lives around at the London museum, which tells the history of the Foundling Hospital the UK’s first children’s charity founded in 1739 as a home for children whose mothers couldn’t keep or care for them..

Kate, who last year set up her Centre for Early Childhood, and William spoke with charity bosses who discussed homelessness, mental health impact and helping young people in care who fail or slip through the cracks. 

Taking their seats, Kate asked the experts: ‘From your experience what makes the difference between a young person succeeding after leaving foster care and when they do not.’

They heard about ‘challenges for young people’ when they regularly move home and are sometimes exploited by the criminal world.

The natural beauty kept her makeup to a minimum, with just a touch of blusher, nude-coloured lip and light layering of mascara (pictured)

The natural beauty kept her makeup to a minimum, with just a touch of blusher, nude-coloured lip and light layering of mascara (pictured)

The natural beauty kept her makeup to a minimum, with just a touch of blusher, nude-coloured lip and light layering of mascara (pictured) 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a laugh with one another during their first joint engagement of 2022 earlier today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a laugh with one another during their first joint engagement of 2022 earlier today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a laugh with one another during their first joint engagement of 2022 earlier today 

Prince William and Kate wore face masks as they spoke with musicians during a visit to the Foundling Museum earlier today

Prince William and Kate wore face masks as they spoke with musicians during a visit to the Foundling Museum earlier today

Prince William and Kate wore face masks as they spoke with musicians during a visit to the Foundling Museum earlier today 

William added: ‘If you keep moving a child around when they are an adult their relationships are so short and shallow.’

Kate said she was concerned that without providing stable homes for children they risk being moved around and having to ‘tell their story again and again.’

William said: ‘That may become emotionally exhausting to tell the story again and again. We’ve had that in the mental health side of things, people end up on the street, go through hoops and hurdles, tell so many people in authority and nothing changes. 

‘You have to get to them a lot earlier so they don’t have to keep doing this.’

The couple were said they also worried about the ‘consistency in care:’

Olympic athlete Kris Akabusi, poet Lemn Sissay, and Allan Jenkins, editor of Observer Food Monthly, told the Duke and Duchess their experiences of growing up in care.

Akabusi said: ‘I enjoyed the stability. It was a saviour for me’.

He said leaving care aged 16-years-old was ‘very traumatic’.

Kate replied: ‘You are petrified leaving for independence’.

She asked the 400m hurdler if it had affected his relationships.

Kris, with his distinctive laugh, replied: ‘Yes, but I am a loner.’

He added: ‘Now aged 63 there is no stigma attached when I say I was brought up in care but there was a stigma when I was 16.’

The royal couple wore masks as they walked through the Foundling Museum earlier today ahead of their roundtable with those who have experience of living in care

The royal couple wore masks as they walked through the Foundling Museum earlier today ahead of their roundtable with those who have experience of living in care

The royal couple wore masks as they walked through the Foundling Museum earlier today ahead of their roundtable with those who have experience of living in care 

Once inside the museum, the Duchess of Cambridge removed her  blue coat and appeared engaged as she spoke with those who have direct experience of  living in care

Once inside the museum, the Duchess of Cambridge removed her  blue coat and appeared engaged as she spoke with those who have direct experience of  living in care

Once inside the museum, the Duchess of Cambridge removed her  blue coat and appeared engaged as she spoke with those who have direct experience of  living in care 

As the couple took their seats within the roundtable discussion, they could be seen sharing a laugh with other attendees at the engagement

As the couple took their seats within the roundtable discussion, they could be seen sharing a laugh with other attendees at the engagement

As the couple took their seats within the roundtable discussion, they could be seen sharing a laugh with other attendees at the engagement 

William and Kate started their visit by joining a roundtable discussion bringing together experts and stakeholders from across the sector to speak about the wider landscape of care in the UK

William and Kate started their visit by joining a roundtable discussion bringing together experts and stakeholders from across the sector to speak about the wider landscape of care in the UK

William and Kate started their visit by joining a roundtable discussion bringing together experts and stakeholders from across the sector to speak about the wider landscape of care in the UK

Women who had previously been in care then joined the couple in an ‘ice-breaker’ armed with three-foot long pencils. 

They drew on a canvas what they could see in front of them without looking down at the floor.

Kate – who scored a master of arts degree in art history at St Andrew;s University – laughed out as she struggled with the artwork which had the look of a vast doodle when it was finished.

William also laughed and said: ‘I enjoyed it. The kids would really enjoy that.’

Viewing their masterpiece, he added: ‘That’s beautiful.’

Athlete Kris Akabusi said afterwards: ‘It is great to have so many vital resources for young people.

‘As a young person in care, to know people at the top are interested in your story and growth as an adult is very encouraging.

‘Hopefully they are not forgotten. Young people who were in care are over-represented in gangs, sex industry and crime, I hope society has not forgotten them as these children are in care throigh no fault of their ownnso it is great to have this infrastructure.’

The Museum delivers training, mentorship programmes and creative projects, led and developed by contemporary artists, writers and musicians, to continue to use creative action to transform and improve the lives of care-experienced young people.

It helps around 30 adults who grew up in care every year. 

The Tracing Our Tales is described as a unique programme which has been developed to equip care-experienced young adults from London boroughs with the skills to devise and deliver workshops at the Museum for family groups.

Kate, who is known for mixing high end designers with high street steals, also donned a trendy set of gold hoops from the cut-price store Accessorize (pictured)

Kate, who is known for mixing high end designers with high street steals, also donned a trendy set of gold hoops from the cut-price store Accessorize (pictured)

Kate, who is known for mixing high end designers with high street steals, also donned a trendy set of gold hoops from the cut-price store Accessorize (pictured)  

During part of their visit the couple met with well known faces who have direct experience of living in care. These included author and poet Lemn Sissay, former track and field star athlete Kriss Akabusi, and writer Allan Jenkins (pictured)

During part of their visit the couple met with well known faces who have direct experience of living in care. These included author and poet Lemn Sissay, former track and field star athlete Kriss Akabusi, and writer Allan Jenkins (pictured)

During part of their visit the couple met with well known faces who have direct experience of living in care. These included author and poet Lemn Sissay, former track and field star athlete Kriss Akabusi, and writer Allan Jenkins (pictured) 

The Duke and Duchess were in high spirits during the event, their first joint appearance of 2022, and beamed as they spoke with attendees

The Duke and Duchess were in high spirits during the event, their first joint appearance of 2022, and beamed as they spoke with attendees

The Duke and Duchess were in high spirits during the event, their first joint appearance of 2022, and beamed as they spoke with attendees

The Duke and Duchess were in high spirits during the event, their first joint appearance of 2022, and beamed as they spoke with attendees

The Duke and Duchess were in high spirits during the event, their first joint appearance of 2022,  and beamed as they spoke with attendees 

The mother-of-three, who removed her blue coat once inside the museum, appeared enthralled as she listened to Britain's former track and field athlete Kriss Akabusi during a visit to the Foundling Museum

The mother-of-three, who removed her blue coat once inside the museum, appeared enthralled as she listened to Britain's former track and field athlete Kriss Akabusi during a visit to the Foundling Museum

The mother-of-three, who removed her blue coat once inside the museum, appeared enthralled as she listened to Britain’s former track and field athlete Kriss Akabusi during a visit to the Foundling Museum

During the visit today in London, the royal couple beamed as they chatted with some well-known faces who have experience living in care

During the visit today in London, the royal couple beamed as they chatted with some well-known faces who have experience living in care

During the visit today in London, the royal couple beamed as they chatted with some well-known faces who have experience living in care  

The programme provides paid employment and valuable life skills, including public speaking, critical and creative thinking, and people management, as well as skills in art and creative expression.

The visit comes after a former staffer said the Royal Family is desperate for ‘conventional performers’ as it faces a difficult year  and Kate is ‘what these troubled times need’.

With Prince Andrew‘s legal battles, as well as the Firm’s concerns over the imminent publication of Prince Harry‘s upcoming memoir, the Duchess has been touted as playing a key role in shaping the future of the Monarchy.

‘As the Prince Andrew scandal shows, the monarchy is in desperate need of reassuringly conventional royal performers,’ Patrick Jephson, former chief of staff for Diana, Princess of Wales, told the New York Post.

‘Catherine is just what these troubled royal times need – it’s no exaggeration that the Windsors’ future lies in her hands.’ 

Bethan Holt, author of The Duchess of Cambridge: A Decade of Modern Royal Style, told the publication that there ‘seems to be a campagin to make the Cambridges the family’s ‘global stars’ – adding that Kate is ‘clever’ in her ‘calculated move to include Diana’s memory alive’.

In a recent interview, royal expert and biographer Katie Nicholls said that the Queen, 95, already ‘hugely values’ Kate’s work, and will rely on her ‘more than ever’ amid the royal scandals. 

The biggest scandal facing the Firm at the moment is Prince Andrew’s upcoming civil case, after being accused of battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress by Virginia Giuffre.

She claims that she was forced to sleep with the Prince on three occasions by US paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell – the first time when she was 17 and under the legal age of consent under New York law.

The mother-of-three, who has been patron of the museum since 2019, offered a lesson in business chic as she stepped out for the event this morning, donning a black polo neck with dark wide-leg trousers and a long-line navy coat

The mother-of-three, who has been patron of the museum since 2019, offered a lesson in business chic as she stepped out for the event this morning, donning a black polo neck with dark wide-leg trousers and a long-line navy coat

The mother-of-three, who has been patron of the museum since 2019, offered a lesson in business chic as she stepped out for the event this morning, donning a black polo neck with dark wide-leg trousers and a long-line navy coat

The outing marked the first joint in-person appearance for the couple of 2022, with the pair appearing in good spirits as they arrived at the museum

The outing marked the first joint in-person appearance for the couple of 2022, with the pair appearing in good spirits as they arrived at the museum

The outing marked the first joint in-person appearance for the couple of 2022, with the pair appearing in good spirits as they arrived at the museum

The outing marked the first joint in-person appearance for the couple of 2022, with the pair appearing in good spirits as they arrived at the museum

The outing marked the first joint in-person appearance for the couple of 2022, with the pair appearing in good spirits as they arrived at the museum 

During their visit to the museum today, the Duke and Duchess will learn more about the care sector and meet representatives from across the system, including those with direct experience of living in care during their visit to the museum

During their visit to the museum today, the Duke and Duchess will learn more about the care sector and meet representatives from across the system, including those with direct experience of living in care during their visit to the museum

During their visit to the museum today, the Duke and Duchess will learn more about the care sector and meet representatives from across the system, including those with direct experience of living in care during their visit to the museum

The royal, who wore her brown locks down in a loose curly blow dry, added a touch of glam to her outfit with a dazzling pair of earrings from Accessorize

The royal, who wore her brown locks down in a loose curly blow dry, added a touch of glam to her outfit with a dazzling pair of earrings from Accessorize

The royal, who wore her brown locks down in a loose curly blow dry, added a touch of glam to her outfit with a dazzling pair of earrings from Accessorize 

The natural beauty kept her makeup to a minimum, with just a touch of blusher, nude-coloured lip and light layering of mascara

The natural beauty kept her makeup to a minimum, with just a touch of blusher, nude-coloured lip and light layering of mascara

The natural beauty kept her makeup to a minimum, with just a touch of blusher, nude-coloured lip and light layering of mascara

The natural beauty kept her makeup to a minimum, with just a touch of blusher, nude-coloured lip and light layering of mascara

The natural beauty kept her makeup to a minimum, with just a touch of blusher, nude-coloured lip and light layering of mascara

Kate has long been committed to raising awareness of the importance of early childhood experiences and of collaborative action in order to improve outcomes across society

Kate has long been committed to raising awareness of the importance of early childhood experiences and of collaborative action in order to improve outcomes across society

Kate has long been committed to raising awareness of the importance of early childhood experiences and of collaborative action in order to improve outcomes across society

A US judge rejected the prince’s bid to have his sex abuse case thrown out, leaving him facing the prospect of being cross-examined for seven hours on camera with embarrassing questions on everything from his sex life and ‘private parts’. 

His downfall has seen him stripped of his royal patronages ‘with the Queen’s approval and agreement’ leaving him to fight the sex abuse lawsuit in America as a private citizen. 

Andrew has always vehemently denied the accusations. 

Prince Harry’s memoir is reportedly an additional source of stress for the family. Harry, who resides in California with his wife Meghan, 40, and their two children, Archie, two and Lilibet, born in June, will be publishing the book this year, the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

He has promised to give an ‘accurate and wholly truthful’ account of his life, writing as ‘the man he has become.’   

Prince Harry has been vocal about what he called the ‘total neglect’ of the royal family since his exit from royal life in March 2020. 

Following several TV appearances, including the Winfrey Interview and his talking heads in The Me You Can’t See for Apple TV, his memoirs will offer an in-depth look at his life in the public life, from his childhood to now.

His home life during the break-up of the Prince and Princess of Wales’ marriage, the period of Diana’s death and its aftermath, Harry’s relationship with Camilla and past girlfriends are likely to form part of the book.

Having already been writing for a year, the prince is set to turn in a manuscript, which he promised will be a ‘first-hand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful’, by the end of this year. It is set to hit the shelves in 2022.  

In addition, members of the Royal Family will also have to prepare themselves for series five of Netflix drama The Crown, which has started filming and will dramatise a notoriously difficult period of time in their recent history.

It will cover the Queen’s ‘annus horribilis’, a Latin phrase meaning horrible year which she used in 1992 to describe the collapse of three of her children’s marriages – including Prince Charles’ to Princess Diana – and the fire that severely damaged her Windsor Castle home.

Source: DailyMail

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