Duchess of Cambridge, 37, visited the Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre in Lambeth, south London, today
Kate looked elegant in a £790 purple pussy bow blouse by Gucci and £130 high waist Jigsaw trousers
However it was later discovered that she had been wearing the designer blouse back to front
Mother-of-three beamed as she played with curious toddlers and their mothers during a parenting session
The Duchess of Cambridge was seeing double as she came face with two sets of twins on a visit to a children’s centre today.
Kate, 37, met 23-month-old ‘divas in the making’ Kamina and Kashay, alongside Noah and Charlie, 17 months, during a visit to the Henry Fawcett Centre in Kennington, south London.
The royal mixed high street and high end for the outing, pairing a new £790 Gucci blouse with a favourite pair of £130 high waist trousers by Jigsaw.
However, Kate certainly had a different take on the label’s blouse yesterday – seemingly wearing it back to front.
The purple silk-crepe pussy-bow shirt has a row of small buttons down the back, according to the Gucci website. But Kate noticeably put hers on with the buttons at the front.
The switch meant the seams on the shoulders and buttons on the cuffs didn’t fall exactly as they should – and the bow was pulled round her neck and fastened looser and lower.
Whether this was by accident or design wasn’t clear – and Kensington Palace weren’t commenting.
Either way, the ensemble was a popular choice among style experts who hailed her choice of blouse – which she sported with wide-legged £130 Jigsaw trousers and block-heeled shoes – as an unusually fashion forward look for the duchess.
But despite wearing an expensive silk shirt, the Duchess was still eager to join in the fun and happily sat and cuddled little ones as they toddled across the soft play mats.
Swapping stories with other parents, Kate revealed her 10-month-old son Louis has started to ‘bomb around’ in his walker. ‘Louis just wants to pull himself up all the time,’ she told one mother. ‘He has got these little walkers and is bombing around in them.’
The outing comes just a few weeks after the Duchess revealed she was feeling ‘broody’ while speaking to well-wishers during a visit to Northern Ireland.
Kate was visiting the centre to learn more about support being offered to youngsters and their families through Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP).
The royal looked polished in her new purple Gucci blouse and a pair of trousers from Jigsaw, which she previously wore on a visit to Cyprus in December last year. She accessorised with £510 black suede Gianvito Rossi pumps, £325 sterling silver and white topaz earrings from Links and a £595 handbag by Aspinal of London.
The duchess took part in session of ‘Together Time’, where parents can come with their children and learn from each other and childcare professionals.
It was, unsurprisingly, noisy but Kate, also mother to George, five, and Charlotte, three, took it all in her stride as she sat down to chat to families who were there about everything from bath time to breast feeding.
She made a beeline from Kriti, who was there with her son Kameron, nine months, immediately asking her how old he was and swapping stories about her youngest, Prince Louis, who is soon to celebrate his first birthday.
Kriti said afterwards: ‘She took one look at Kameron and said ‘Oh he wants to go walkies’. Apparently her son is cruising (when a child pulls themselves up and uses furniture to move about) and she said she was running after him all the time.’
Finesse, 31, who was there with twins Kamina and Kashay said Kate had been keen to find out how the centre had helped her.
Finesse, who also has a 12-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son, said: ‘I told her that I felt very isolated and how much it had supported me. It had enabled me to meet other mums and twins, which has been incredibly helpful.
‘In fact she asked me how it was having two at once and I told that it was double the trouble. In fact I feel like i have got triplets given that I have a two year old as well. They are really little divas in the making!
‘She was asking about the best thing for us as parents and told us that for her it was getting hugs from her kids.
‘She was just lovely, really down to earth. I never thought she would come down and sit with us, but she did. She just wanted to chat about what it was like to be a mum. She said that we all had our ups and downs as parents, regardless of who we are. ‘
LEAP was set up in 2015, with the help of the National Lottery Community Fund, to test new ways of strengthening support services for families with children aged 0-4.
It helps with everything from practical advice to psychotherapy and speech and language support.
As she arrived at the centre for her low-key visit, Kate was taken into a briefing session with a number of the partners involved in the services.
She peppered them with questions about the issue of a stigma in seeking help, to how parents were able to find out about the services on offer.
She was particularly interested in discussing the issue of ‘attachment’ between parents and their children and finding ways to stress the importance of it.
‘The education around attachment I believe is fascinating,’ she said. ‘I knew very little about this. Are parents and families aware of the importance around attachment?’
She also sat in on a ‘Circle of Security’ session with mothers, which gives them the chance to chat to others about the struggles they are having.
Kate listened intently to one mother who explained that as the youngest of 14 children, she was always being told how everyone else had brought up their own, but wanted to find her own way of doing it.
‘Has it helped you now just with your children but also with your relationships with your family?’, Kate asked.
Then it was on to playtime with some of the youngsters who are regulars at the centre.
‘Hi everyone,’ said the duchess, as she hunkered down on her heels, as twins Kamia and Kashay ran around her.
Annamarie Hassall, a director of Practice and Progress of the National Children’s Bureau, said: ‘It is just amazing to have her here. We believe passionately that investing in the early years is the best way to spend a pound.
‘It genuinely makes a difference. But it’s one thing us knowing that and another to get the Duchess of Cambridge here to see what she has heard about in practice and how it truly engages parents and children.
‘She buys a pair of shoes and a dress and everyone is interested in what they look like. So If she says about what she is seeing about baby and children in the early years and how it can make a difference, then that is powerful. People will be interested.
‘She clearly understands the challenges of being a parent and that babies don’t come with a manual. She understands the emphasis of eye contact, touch, building a relationship with our children, as well as caring for them. This is what she was seeing today. Letting a baby lead the way, it is all the building blocks of early communication. Good, secure, emotional wellbeing goes across everything. ‘
The duchess has made the issue of early years intervention, and how experiences as children can affect their later lives in areas such as mental health and addiction, as one of the cornerstones of her public work.
She has set up a steering group to investigate and report back on how families can best be supported in their field.
Ms Hassall, who is a member of the steering group, said: ‘She will be a really powerful advocate if she speaks out about these issues. She can be such a strong force for what we believe. I think if we can get people on board we could really see a different society. ‘
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