Kate Middleton put the cherry on top of her very busy day of royal engagements by glamming things up for a gala event on Wednesday evening. Kate looked gorgeous in a floor-length gown featuring sheer panels and a velvet belt.
The Duchess of Cambridge kicked off the day with the Royal Foundation‘s Mental Health in Education conference where she sat for a number of discussions. The royal mother-of-three then proceeded to attend the 100 Women in Finance gala dinner to support her efforts towards bringing more awareness to the issue of mental health in schools. However, for her last engagement of the day, Kate decided to glam things up a little, reported People.
The Duchess, who is a patron of 100 Women in Finance’s Philanthropic Initiatives, arrived at the gala dinner at the historic V&A Museum in a glamorous floor-length Gucci gown featuring pale pink and mauve sheer panels and a velvet belt detail. She paired her exquisite gown with a matching velvet clutch and, true to herself, recycled her old morganite earrings by Kiki McDonough which she had worn in the past to her sister Pippa Middleton‘s wedding to James Matthews.
Launched by the Duchess of Cambridge last year, the 'Mentally Health Schools' program is one of the legacies of the royals’ Heads Together campaign, a cause that helps teachers and school leaders better support children’s mental well-being.
Kate also gave a moving speech during the event. “I think you know just how passionate I am about the work that you do. And what you have said here tonight really brings to life the vital role that schools and teachers play in supporting our youngest children. I have often been asked why I have decided to focus my work on the early years. Having been lucky enough to meet some of our country’s amazing charities, I became acutely aware of just how important the earliest years of our lives really are.”
The royal mom-of-three continued, “The root cause of some of our most challenging experiences in adulthood, such as poor mental and physical health, addiction, homelessness, crime and family breakdown, can so often be traced back to the very earliest years of someone’s life and often over generations.”
While concluding her speech, she said: “Over the past decade you have been unwavering in your support of our patronages and your efforts have made a huge difference to so many of our charities. So I just wanted to say thank you, for this wonderful evening and for all of your support over the years, I can’t tell you what a difference it makes.”
Amanda Pullinger, CEO of 100 Women in Finance, began the gala saying: “Our Philanthropic Themes are Women’s & Family Health, Education and Investing in the Next Generation. It’s raising money but also raising awareness for the next generation of women who can see that there is a place for them in these leadership roles.”