Kate Middleton is radiant in a chic white blazer and matching top for a new video


The Duchess of Cambridge oozed glamour today as she donned a chic white blazer  to unveil more results from her Early Years survey.

Kate, 38, appeared in a clip released on the Kensington Palace Instagram account to discuss one of the findings from her research, which is the biggest ever UK study on the early years.

The royal, who is based in London with her husband Prince William, 38, and their children, Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, is thought to have sported a Zara blazer, which she first debuted in 2016, for the video.

Discussing one of the 5 Big Insights from her 5 Big Questions survey, Kate revealed how parents in the most deprived areas are less likely to have experienced an increased community support.

It comes after Kate delivered a keynote speech yesterday during an online forum hosted by The Royal Foundation, warning that how children are raised will impact ‘the society we will become’.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) oozed glamour today as she donned a chic white blazer to unveil more results from her Early Years survey

In the video, the duchess said: ‘Forty per cent of you feel that community support has grown. However, this isn’t true for everyone.’

A note was then seen on screen reading: ‘Parents living in the most deprived areas are less likely to have experienced this increased support than elsewhere.’

The video was captioned: ‘Lastly, the fifth and final Insight from our #5BigInsights: During the COVID pandemic, support from local communities has substantially increased for many – but not for all.

‘Across the UK, communities have united powerfully to meet the challenge of unprecedented times.

‘Forty per cent of parents feel that community support has grown. However, parents in the most deprived areas are less likely to have experienced this increased support (33 per cent) than elsewhere.’ 

Kate (pictured), 38, appeared in a clip released on the Kensington Palace Instagram account to discuss one of the findings from her research, which is the biggest ever UK study on the early years

Discussing one of the 5 Big Insights from her 5 Big Questions survey (pictured), Kate revealed how parents in the most deprived areas are less likely to have experienced an increased community support

Kate (pictured left), 38, appeared in a clip released on the Kensington Palace Instagram account to discuss one of the findings (pictured right) from her research, which is the biggest ever UK study on the early years

Kate wore her bouncy brunette locks styled in her signature side parting and opted for minimal makeup as she sported a simple smokey eye.

She sported the white blazer – which is thought to be the same one she debuted in 2016, during an official visit to Canada, according to royal fans – with a matching top.

The duchess donned the garment again in 2017 during a UK engagement. It is unclear how much the blazer originally cost.

Kate’s appearance comes after the duchess spoke of her ambition to put the early years on an equal footing with the other great social challenges and opportunities of our time. 

Giving a keynote speech at an online forum yesterday, the duchess said: ‘We must do all we can to tackle these issues and to elevate the importance of the early years, so that together we can build a more nurturing society.’ 

The Duchess of Cambridge delivered a keynote speech yesterday during an online forum hosted by The Royal Foundation (pictured)

The Duchess of Cambridge delivered a keynote speech yesterday during an online forum hosted by The Royal Foundation (pictured)

The Duchess also spoke about her own interest in the early years and highlighted the important part that all of society has to play in raising the next generation. She said: ‘People often ask why I care so passionately about the early years. 

‘Many mistakenly believe that my interest stems from having children of my own. While of course I care hugely about their start in life, this ultimately sells the issue short.  

‘Parenthood isn’t a prerequisite for understanding the importance of the early years. 

‘If we only expect people to take an interest in the early years when they have children, we are not only too late for them, we are underestimating the huge role others can play in shaping our most formative years too.’ 

More than half-a-million people took part in the Royal Foundation’s ‘five big questions on the under-fives’ poll which was carried out by Ipsos MORI and produced the largest-ever response from the public to a survey of its kind.

Kate, pictured during a video briefing with Kelly Beaver (Managing Director of Public Affairs, Ipsos MORI), unveiled the findings of the biggest ever UK study on the early years yesterday

Kate, pictured during a video briefing with Kelly Beaver (Managing Director of Public Affairs, Ipsos MORI), unveiled the findings of the biggest ever UK study on the early years yesterday

The research has generated 5 Big Insights which highlight the need to help people understand the importance of the early years and suggest that parents and carers need more support and advice to ensure good mental health and wellbeing as they raise young children. Pictured, Kate

The research has generated 5 Big Insights which highlight the need to help people understand the importance of the early years and suggest that parents and carers need more support and advice to ensure good mental health and wellbeing as they raise young children. Pictured, Kate

It found that although 90 per cent see parental mental health and wellbeing as critical to a child’s development, only 10 per cent of parents took time to look after themselves when they prepared for the arrival of their baby.

The study – which has produced five key insights – also showed that the Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically increased parental loneliness, with 38 per cent experiencing this before the crisis, and 63 per cent – almost two-thirds – after the first lockdown, a jump of 25 per cent.

While 98 per cent believe that nurture is essential to lifelong outcomes, some 24 per cent think pregnancy to age five is the most pivotal period for health and happiness in adulthood. 

The research has been hailed a ‘milestone moment’ for Kate, and will be used to shape her future focus on early years development which, sources say, will continue for the rest of her life.

The duchess has made early years development one of the main pillars of her public role since she first became a member of the royal family.



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