A significant media presence awaited William and Kate's arrival (forty five photographers in fact), however, royal photographer Mark Stewart noted members of the public did not turn out for this morning's appearance.
The Mirror's Victoria Murphy shared a photo from outside the charity.
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The couple exchanged smiles as they walked in the office where they were greeted by representatives from the charity.
Only Connect is a crime prevention charity and a positive community, supporting prisoners, ex-offenders and young people at risk of offending in London. It delivers a range of programmes in prisons, schools, JobCentre Plus, Youth Offending Teams, and the community across London, reaching 10,000 young people annually and hundreds of adult offenders. The organisation's projects have been shown to reduce re-offending by half, and a 75% improvement in pro-social attitudes among students whom the work reaches.
The purpose of today's engagement was for the Cambridges to see first hand how Only Connect supports ex-offenders and young people and to learn about how they are working with charities in this field.
It was an interesting choice for William and Kate; it is important to see them supporting a diverse range of organisations and raising awareness in different fields. Crime statistics continue to be deeply concerning and Only Connect strives to help offenders find their place in society and those at risk of offending, ensuring crimes are prevented.
It is a cause close to Prince William's heart, his aunt Lady Jane Fellowes - the late Princess Diana's sister - is a trustee of Only Connect. The Prince is also patron of St Giles' Trust which helps ex-offenders get back on their feet, during a visit earlier this month he described the charity's work as "awesome" and spoke of the importance of "breaking the cycle". It's been a particularly busy time for William who has undertaken a whole host of engagements since leaving the RAF. Yesterday, he visited BAFTA headquarters where he revealed he would like to get a PlayStation 4 if his wife lets him :)
Their Royal Highnesses visited two further complimentary projects based at the head office premises. Bounce Back began as a small painting and decorating company in 2010. Since then it has expanded to become a charity and social enterprise, working with several prisons, as well as London probation, to offer training, work experience and employment to offenders at the end of their sentences.
William and Kate also visited the projects of Handmade Alliance - a social alliance which trains prisoners to produce high quality hand-finished textile products for British designers. The talented team created a workshop display for the royal couple to view.
Kate watched volunteers making bunting and said to them "Are you guys sewing on buttons? It looks very fiddly work. It's quite therapeutic, isn't it?". Kate also revealed she wasn't so good at poetry but her photography is her passion, if she's going to do anything artistic, it's that.
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to chat with Sarah Baulch (the blonde lady pictured above) who kindly shared her thoughts on meeting the Duchess. She was particularly impressed by her interest in the organisation.
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The Duke and Duchess enjoyed a dance performance at a nearby venue.
|Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Official Website|
The dancers put on a very entertaining show.
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Kate chatted with the dancers after the performance.
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Only Connects co-founders Danny and Emma Kruger with William and Kate.
The Duke and Duchess were given a personalised babygro for their son before leaving. More from William and Kate's official website.
'Asked what the Duchess thought of white babygro, which featured the Only Connect logo and the words Prince George underneath, Mr Russell-Andrews said: "She was very pleased about it. She said it's a very good fit because he's growing very fast, and that he'll like it".
Mr Russell-Andrews' young daughter Teegan tried to take it back, the Duchess said "They're very demanding at this age". A crying Teegan was soon placated with cake , The Duchess tried to pieces of cake herself, one an iced ginger sponge and the other a chocolate cake'.
Kate looked delighted with the gift.
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The Duchess brought back her Birdie Wool Jacquard Shirt Dress by Irish designer Orla Kiely. Many readers will recall Kate first wore the dress during a visit to her patronage The Art Room in 2012.
The dove print dress is from the designers Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection and it originally retailed for £325. It is described as "Wool long sleeve dress in Birdie jacquard fabric, deep pleats in skirts and pockets in seams, Button fastening cuff". It is a lovely dress and very appropriate for the current season. All thee Middleton women are fans of the Queen of Prints, Orla Kiely. I do hope we see Kate in more of her designs.
Kate teamed the dress with her brown suede Aquatalia 'Royal' Booties.
The stylish boots are described this way.
'Silvertone hardware details the side of a weatherproof suede bootie fashioned with an elastic inset at the side for an easier fit. The slip resistant rubber sole offers excellent wet weather traction while the soft microfiber lining keeps feet dry. Approx heel height 3 and a half '.
The 'Royal' booties are exclusively sold at Nordstrom and appear to be sold out at the moment. The brands 'Roma' Bootie appears to be a new take on the popular ankle boots encompassing the same style. It is currently available black suede, chocolate suede and wine suede for €353. The updated version of the 'Royal', the 'Royalty' is available on the Aquatalia website.
And Kate carried her brown suede clutch and wore a watch, quite possibly her Gucci piece.
What did you think of Kate's look today? I liked it very much the first time she wore and I think it worked again today. Reporters at the event mentioned how well Kate's hair looked and noted she had highlights recently. Both William and Kate looked very tired, no doubt it may have been a late night with little George. You can watch a video from the event at ITN Source.
Tomorrow, Kate will attend a forum for her patronage Place2Be, we'll see you then :)