Kate opens up on ‘hugely challenging year’ ahead of personal parenting project

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KATE, Duchess of Cambridge, described 2020 as a “hugely challenging time” in a new video released by Kensington Palace.

And, she said in the video, she will also speak directly to royal fans by answering some of their questions.

Kensington Royal tweeted: “Join us this week as we announce the results from the 5 Big Questions survey, reveal the #5BigInsights, and take your questions. This is just the beginning…”

In the video, Kate acknowledged 2020 has been “hugely challenging” for the country due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The pandemic, which triggered the closure of schools, worsened the mental health of many and added workload on parents, the Duchess added, has made it crucial to cast a new light on parenting, families and the early years.

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Kate appeared in a new video focused on the 5 Big Questions survey (Image: KENSINGTON PALACE)

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Kate’s video was filmed at Kensington Palace (Image: KENSINGTON PALACE)

In the video, Kate said: “Earlier this year, we asked you five big questions about raising our under-fives.

“We wanted to hear what you think about the importance of the earliest years of our children’s lives.

“More than half a million of you answered that call.

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Kate toured the country to raise awareness on the survey (Image: GETTY)

“So we have taken your input and combined it with even more public research, to produce the UK’s biggest ever study on the early years.

“This year has been a hugely challenging time for us all, and there hasn’t been a more important moment to talk about families.

“Later this week, we will share five big insights we have discovered and I’ll take your questions.

“This is just the beginning, and I want to thank you for starting a conversation because we are all on this journey together.”

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Kate launched the 5 Big Questions survey in January (Image: GETTY)

News the results of the study are to be unveiled later this week sent royal fans into a frenzy.

One royal fan account called Cambridges News wrote on Twitter: “‘This is just beginning…’ I’m so excited!! I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time.”

Another Cambridges’ fan The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Court account added: “Over half a million responses. I’m one!

“I can’t wait to find out the findings and to get involved with you on the projects and programmes that come from it.”

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Kate and Prince William have three children (Image: EXPRESS)

A third Twitter user called Only The Truth added: “This is another fantastic project from the Cambridges!

“Britain, you are so lucky especially now when the world has turned upside down but you have your Royal Family to inspire, give hope & work on projects like this!”

On January 21, the Duchess of Cambridge launched the 5 Big Questions on the Under-Fives survey and toured Birmingham, London, Cardiff and Surrey in 24 hours to raise awareness on her new projects.

The survey and the study that followed intended to “spark a national conversation” to help create a “lasting change for generations to come”, Kensington Palace said at the time.

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Kate serving breakfast to children (Image: GETTY)

Those who took part in the survey were asked for their opinions on what influences the development of children under the age of five and what period of childhood is most important for children’s happiness.

This project perfectly fits in with Kate’s years-long work with children and her focus on the impact experiences made during their earliest years can have on their development.

In the video shared today, the Duchess combined also another successful initiative she carried out this year – the Hold Still photography contest.

As Kate was touching upon the topic of coronavirus, a few of the photographs submitted between May and June to portray life in the UK in lockdown appeared in the clip.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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