Kate Middleton stuns in long-sleeved emerald dress by Emilia Wickstead
The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, who is the patron of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, officially opened the new Centre of Excellence on Wednesday, May 1.
Kate will also be opening the Pears Family School which will help support students who have struggled in mainstream education and also allow parents to attend classes to help their kids learn. For the event, Kate was seen sporting a long-sleeved, dark green dress designed by Emilia Wickstead. She completed her look with a pair of blush pumps.
The Duchess accessorized her look with a pair of green amethyst and diamond oval drop earrings which are estimated to cost £2,600 ($3,400) designed by Kiki McDonough and a matching necklace. She also carried a small beige colored clutch bag by Mulberry.
Ahead of Kate's visit, Kensington Palace's official Twitter account shared, "The Duchess of Cambridge, @AFNCCF Patron, will officially open their new Centre of Excellence on Wednesday, 1st May. The Duchess will also visit the Pears Family School in its new building and meet children and their families participating in a music class."
The Pears School is already running as a pilot on a temporary site and will be taking 48 children between ages five and 13. In the first four years of the pilot, around 60% of the children were able to return to mainstream school after four terms out of which 95% of students remained there.
Kate's outing follows her eighth wedding anniversary with Prince William at which time, the Duchess was also appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order for her services to the sovereign by the Queen. In the next few weeks, Kate will be making more official visits along with Prince William. On May 8, the couple is scheduled to visit Caernarfon in North Wales, which is close to where they used to live between 2011 and 2013.
Kate has made "early years" intervention as one of the main aims of her public work after seeing the many problems adults faced as a result of their childhood. This included those suffering from mental health issues, addiction, and social exclusion.