Duchess of Cambridge shows off baby bump
The Duchess of Cambridge was today greeted by a wave of St George’s Day flags from cheering schoolchildren as she arrived to launch a counselling programme.
Kate visited The Willows Primary School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, to launch a project to reduce the impact of drug and alcohol addiction on children and their families.
At six months into her pregnancy, Kate’s baby bump was clearly visible under her patterned blue silk floral dress by Sophia Visconti.
The school counselling initiative is a partnership between charities Place2Be and Action on Addiction with funding from Comic Relief and the Royal Foundation of which the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are patrons.
Action on Addiction will train, supervise and support Place2Be counsellors to deliver the programme in school settings across England.
In a speech in the school hall, the Duchess told the audience: “Addiction is a hugely complex and destructive disease and its impact can be simply devastating. All too often, lives and families can be shattered by it.
“Through my Patronage of Action on Addiction, I feel fortunate to have met a wide range of inspirational people who have overcome addiction. It is so encouraging to see that with the right help – like that of Action on Addiction – it can be conquered.
“But those who are addicted are not the only victims. I have been struck by the profound and deeply damaging impact it has on the children of affected parents.
“Research has shown that children of those who are addicted are seven times more likely to have addiction problems themselves. They are also brought up surrounded by fear, instability and chaos.
“Last year, I asked The Royal Foundation, which I share with William and Harry, to see what could be done to help these children.
“In partnership with Comic Relief, our foundation commissioned a piece of research to explore this issue. Today, it gives me an enormous feeling of pride and excitement to launch a programme that will bring this research to life.
“The cycle of addiction needs to be broken. My hope is that through this specialist and targeted delivery of care, these children will have the best possible start in life – the one that they deserve.”