Princess of Wales meets Early Years experts at Windsor Castle

Kate means business! Princess of Wales looks smart in an Alexander McQueen blazer as she meets experts specialising in early childhood development at Windsor Castle

  • Princess of Wales, 41, was elegant in a navy Alexander McQueen suit at Windsor
  • Kate Middleton is meeting Early Years experts and scientists this morning  

The Princess of Wales looked smart in an Alexander McQueen suit as she met with  experts specialising in early childhood development at Windsor Castle today. 

Kate Middleton, 41, is meeting with a group of eight professionals, who have been appointed to offer her strategic advice and provide oversight of the work of her Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, in Berkshire this morning. 

The team will go on to support The Princess and the Centre as work is accelerated to promote the fundamental importance of the first five years of a child’s life. 

The mother-of-three, who has made Early Years work a cornerstone of her royal work, donned a smart navy suit from the British label for the occasion, which she paired with a white blouse from Holland Cooper. 

The Princess of Wales proved she remains the queen of the rewear today as she donned her favourite Alexander McQueen suit to meet with experts working in the Early Years sector

Kate swept her hair into a bouncy blow dry for the outing today, and opted for a subtle smokey eye and a sweep of blush. 

Her Alexander McQueen suit, which comes with a pricetag of £1,960, is fast becoming a favourite for the royal. 

She has worn the ensemble a number of times in the past few months, including arriving in Boston for the Earthshot Prize in December.  

The experts who will be advising the Princess!  

Advisory Group members are:

Professor Peter Fonagy OBE, Head of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at UCL and Chief Executive of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Eamon McCrory, Professor of Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology, University College London

Dr Alain Gregoire, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist and President and Founder of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance

Dr Trudi Seneviratne, Registrar at the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Ed Vainker OBE, co-founder of Reach Academy Feltham,

Carey Oppenheim, Project Lead at the Nuffield Foundation

Imran Hussain, Director of Policy and Campaigns for Action for Children

Beverley Barnett-Jones MBE, Associate Director at Nuffield Family Justice Observatory and Trustee at What Works in Children’s Social Care

 

A favourite of the royal, Kate has worn the label on numerous occasions, most notably choosing the design house’s creative director Sarah Burton to fashion her iconic wedding dress.

Crafted from structured crepe, the £1,490 blazer creates a fitted and flattering silhouette, thanks to its angular pockets and sharp padded shoulders.

She paired the smart suit with a white bodysuit from designer label Holland Cooper, which she has worn on a number of occasions in the past. 

Kate’s meeting today reflects several years of work in early years, maternal and teenage mental health as she continues her crusade to improve the wellbeing of the nation. 

Kate launched The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood in 2021, established to increase focus on the first years of a child’s life in impacting later life.

According to its website, the centre focuses on three main areas: research into the significance of early years, collaboration with public, private and voluntary sectors to share knowledge; and campaigning to raise awareness of the issue.

Those in the group she is meeting today include Professor Peter Fonagy OBE, who is Head of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at UCL, and Dr Alain Gregoire, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist and President and Founder of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance. 

The group will support the delivery of the Centre’s work in commissioning new research, learning from best practice in the UK and globally, and raising awareness of the extraordinary impact the first five years of life have on future outcomes.

Advisory Group members have been chosen for their deep expertise in a range of areas including neuroscience, psychology, perinatal psychiatry, early years services and policy development.

Amanda Berry, Chief Executive of The Royal Foundation said: ‘Working with such an eminent group of people is an absolute privilege.

‘I know their advice and experience is hugely valued by The Princess, and the whole Centre for Early Childhood team, as we continue to drive awareness of, and action on, the transformative impact of the early years. 

‘The Advisory Group’s support in our key areas of research, collaboration and awareness raising will be invaluable and I look forward to working closely with them to make a difference for generations to come.’ 

Several of those involved have already played a pivotal role in the work The Princess of Wales has been pursuing for more than a decade in this field, helping her to shape her work on the issue and adding to her determination to help change the way people think about early childhood.

The appointment of the Advisory Group comes as the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood appoints Christian Guy as the Centre Director. 

Kate’s appearance today comes after a royal expert said the  Princess is ‘rising above the drama’ following her brother-in-law’s explosive memoir.

Kate was praised for ‘putting duty before herself’ by Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl. 

‘She’s doing a job that not only puts a smile on her face, but brings smiles to the faces of others,’ author Katie told OK! Magazine. 

‘She doesn’t do drama and she never has.’

The writer behind The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy And The Future Of The Crown told the outlet the King Charles III will be channeling the same ‘back to business’ attitude his family is known for.

‘She’s leading by example and putting duty before herself,’ Katie added. 

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