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Kate Middleton Steps Out in a Black and White Dress for a Cause Close to Her Heart



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The Duchess of Cambridge, who has been researching the importance of the Early Years for a decade, is highlighting a landmark upcoming study in this field.



Since returning to public engagements following a summer break, the Duchess of Cambridge has met people involved in the Afghanistan evacuation, played tennis with US Open champion Emma Raducanu and dazzled on the red carpet at a Bond premiere.



Prince William And Kate Middleton George, Charlotte And Louis

Prince William And Kate Middleton George, Charlotte And Louis

And today she is out and about again, this time focusing on an issue very familiar to her and close to her heart—the Early Years.



Kate, who has been researching and promoting the importance of the earliest years of a child’s life for the best part of a decade, stepped out this morning to highlight a new study in this field called ‘The Children of the 2020s.’



Looking smart in a black and white checked dress, the royal mother of three arrived at University College London’s Centre for Longitudinal Studies to meet with researchers and hear about their aims. “Our early childhoods shape our adult lives and knowing more about what impacts this critical time is fundamental to understanding what we as a society can do to improve our future health and happiness,” Kate said in a statement ahead of the visit.



“The landmark ‘Children of the 2020s’ study will illustrate the importance of the first five years and provide insights into the most critical aspects of early childhood, as well as the factors which support or hinder positive lifelong outcomes. I am committed to supporting greater in-depth research in this vital area and I’m delighted to be meeting all those behind the study at this early stage.”



Kensington Palace said that today’s visit would be “the first of a number of engagements that The Duchess conducts in relation to the study.” The research, which will be led by the UCL’s Faculty of Brain Sciences and the Institute of Education, will track children’s development from age 9 months to 5 years looking at factors including the home, the community, and social and economic circumstances.



Researchers hope to gain understanding of how different factors impact children’s development, mental health, and readiness for school. Up to 8,000 families will be recruited from January 2022 to take part.


Kate Middleton without ring with Prince Williams
Today, Kate was due to look at historic research material, including a birth questionnaire given to new mothers in 1958, which eventually helped establish the impact of smoking during pregnancy.



The Duchess of Cambridge has made the Early Years a cornerstone of her royal work. Last year, she launched The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood which aims to convene experts in this field, raise awareness and promote significant research.

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