Tuesday, 19 October 2021

UPDATED: Kate Speaks of Tackling Addiction from a 'Position of Compassion and Empathy' During Keynote Speech

The Duchess of Cambridge spoke of the importance of approaching addiction from "a position of compassion and empathy" in an impassioned keynote speech marking the launch of the Forward Trust's Taking Action on Addiction campaign.

The Duchess chose Action on Addiction as one of her very first patronages as a working royal almost a decade ago. As Kate undertook various engagements and visits for the charity, she began to link addiction to her early years work and the impact on the family as a whole. In 2013, the Duchess said, "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." In February 2018, she officially opened Action on Addiction's new treatment centre in Wickford, Essex, and reflected on her first meetings with those involved in the charity as "the start of my learning", adding, "You're very special to me."

We've discussed the incredibly difficult challenges the pandemic presented to charities all over the world. Action on Addiction's much-loved Brink bar (the UK's first 'dry bar') offered a social and supportive space, but was unable to reopened its doors once restrictions permitted due to financial pressures. In March, it was announced Action on Addiction had merged with the Forward Trust, another charity doing the same vital work supporting those in the fight against addiction and their loved ones. Their combined name moving forward is the Forward Trust, however, the Action on Addiction name continues to feature due to its prominence in the UK. Kate became patron of the trust in June. Below, Kate visiting the Brink on Valentine's Day 2012.

Addressing guests, the Duchess said, "Addiction is not a choice. No-one chooses to become an addict. But it can happen to any one of us. None of us are immune. Yet it’s all too rarely discussed as a serious mental health condition. And seldom do we take the time to uncover and fully understand its fundamental root causes."

The Duchess added: "I have had the privilege of being patron of Action on Addiction for nine years, and have seen the work of The Forward Trust at HMP Send on several occasions. I am continually struck by the passion, expertise and commitment of the staff and volunteers, and indeed it was the conversations I had with individuals and families affected by addiction that have been a major driving force in my ongoing work on early childhood. With the link between early childhood trauma and addiction later in life becoming more widely understood, it is more important than ever that we focus on these issues so that we can create a happier, healthier, more nurturing society."

A video of the speech.

The Telegraph reports:

'Saying she is “so passionate” about the work of The Forward Trust during the event at the BAFTA headquarters in London, she paid tribute to the work charities do “day in, day out” to help those who need it.

The pandemic has had a devastating impact on addiction rates,” she added. “And families and children are having to cope with addiction in greater numbers than ever before.”

Quoting research, she said 1.5 million more people have now reported increased alcohol consumption since lockdown began, with another 2m who had been in recovery experiencing a relapse.

Saying “there is hope”, she spoke of the “incredible people” she has met who through “their own hard work” and the help of charities, have turned their lives around.  

These are stories of healing, of hope and recovery, that can inspire us all,” she added.

We can all play our part in helping this work. By understanding, by listening, by connecting. So that together we can build a happier, healthier and more nurturing society.”

The event was completed by arguably the UK's favourite presenting duo, Ant and Dec.

People reports:

'And on the way into the event, Kate, 39, had been surprised — bumping into two British TV celebrities, hosts of I'm A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out Of Here Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnolly. Kate composed herself and joked that she thought she was "in trouble" and that they were going to make her do one of their "tucker trials." Presenter Dec, who was also with singer Tom Walker, said "We can arrange that."

Many of you will remember Ant McPartlin's highly documented struggle with addiction in 2015. Following a knee operation he became addicted to painkillers. McPartlin was involved in a car crash in 2018 before entering rehab with the support and encouragement of loved ones. I remember feeling quite horrified by the manner in which the story was covered at the time. The relentless coverage could only have served to compound the situation. Ant told Kate, "By the time I asked for help, it was bad, but as soon as you opened up to people, problems have got to disappear. It gets better and help is there."

More from the Standard:

'The Forward Trust is set to launch a recovery fund targeting an additional £9 million to help respond to the growing need for addiction treatment and support.

David Bernstein, chairman of the charity, said of Kate: “Renewing her commitment to lifting the stigma around addiction so that more people can ask for help will have a profound impact.

“The pandemic has had a devastating impact on addiction. Rates of harmful drinking and drug-related deaths are at an all-time high, and gambling addiction is rising at an alarming rate.'

The Duchess chatting with guests.

Kensington Palace said, "Over the last ten years the Duchess’s experience working with addiction charities has helped lay the groundwork for her understanding of the complexities of mental health and has informed much of her work on the early years. Experiences in early childhood, before the age of five, are proven to have significant impact on adult lives, including resilience and the ability to cope with adversity. The Forward Trust has been helping people break the destructive cycle of addiction and build positive and productive futures since 1991. Delivering a large and diverse range of addiction, employment, and mental health services nationally, Forward Trust believes that anyone is capable of lasting change."

'Taking Action on Addiction' is a long-term campaign which will work to improve awareness and understanding of addiction, its causes and scale in society, to enable more people to ask for and receive help. The launch of the campaign coincides with Addiction Awareness Week, running from 18-24 October, which strives to provide a platform to highlight the challenges of addiction, to engage with people and families affected, and to raise public awareness.

To learn more about the campaign, please click here.

Kate's speech in its entirety:

"Thank you Ant and Dec and to the Forward Trust for bringing us all here together this morning.

I am so pleased to be joining you to launch The ‘Taking Action on Addiction’ campaign, and I am grateful to those of you who have shared your experiences of addiction with me here today.

Addiction is not a choice. No one chooses to become an addict. But it can happen to any one of us. None of us are immune.

Yet it’s all too rarely discussed as a serious mental health condition. And seldom do we take the time to uncover and fully understand its fundamental root causes.

The journey towards addiction is often multi-layered and complex. But, by recognising what lies beneath addiction, we can help remove the taboo and shame that sadly surrounds it.

As a society, we need to start from a position of compassion and empathy. Where we nurture those around us, understand their journey, and what has come before them.

We need to value and prioritise care and support, helping to restore and connect individuals who are clearly suffering, to the people around them.

That is why I am so passionate about the work of The Forward Trust, an organisation I am so proud to be patron of. This is the work that you, and many other charities, provide day in, day out. And it is needed now, more than ever.

The pandemic has had a devastating impact on addiction rates. And families and children are having to cope with addiction in greater numbers than ever before.

We know that over one and a half million people across the UK who did not have substance misuse prior to lockdown, may now be experiencing problems associated with increased alcohol consumption.

Around 2 million individuals who were identified as being in recovery, may have experienced a relapse over the past 18 months.

And almost one million young people and children are showing an increase in addictive behaviour since the pandemic began.

Yet, there is hope. Over the last ten years, I have had the privilege of meeting many incredible people who have lived through the harsh realities of addiction. Through their own hard work, and with the help from communities and charities, such as The Forward Trust, lives really are being turned around.

These are stories of healing, of hope and recovery, that can inspire us all.

I fully support The ‘Taking Action on Addiction’ campaign to improve awareness and understanding of addiction. The campaign will show us that, not only do many people recover from addiction, they can go on to prosper.

We can all play our part in helping this work. By understanding, by listening, by connecting. So that together we can build a happier, healthier and more nurturing society."

The Duchess looked fabulous in a red roll-neck, fitted sweater and flowing skirt.

Kate's sweater is a Ralph Lauren piece. The eagle-eyed Middleton Maven suggests the Cashmere Turtleneck style in 'martin red'. It's available in several colours on the website.

With thanks to Caroline Parr, the Duchess wore a customised version of Christopher Kane's crystal-embellished pleated skirt

Made in Italy, the original piece is described as: "Welcome (back) to the roaring 1920s! Channel your inner flapper girl and dance the night away in this red crystal-embellished pleated skirt from Christopher Kane. Go ahead, paint the town red. Featuring a fitted waist, a long length, a pleated design, crystal embellishments and fringe details." It's available $995/£720 at Farfetch.

The Duchess carried her DeMellier Nano bag.

The £295 Nano Montreal in deep toffee smooth is described as a "petite structured cross-body bag with a removable/adjustable cross-body strap and tubular top handle".

The Duchess wore her Ralph Lauren Celia pumps.

And accessorised with her Asos twisted circle hoops.

After the event, Kensington Palace shared a behind-the-scenes photo with the caption "Final preparations for today's Forward Trust speech". 

A very important and memorable speech for the Duchess.

72 comments:

  1. On a shallow note, hate the brown shoes and bag with that fabulous red…navy or black would have been so much better!

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    1. i cant agree. for me the camel is what makes the look fresh and modern

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    2. Black paired with red sounds nice but the camel and red combination is great as well, especially since the color of her shoes and bag is camel and not dark brown.

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    3. Yes, the toffee hued bag & shoes give the outfit a very en Vogue vibe. Black or navy would be too harsh. She’s a “goddess” - just love, love this look. Yet her clothes, accessories never overpower her

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  2. Clothes-wise, this outfit is just perfect! Few could well it so well; her height and slimness are perfect for it and the outfit is extremely flattering. Really beautiful. Such long hair, too! Gorgeous shoes and bag.

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  3. I appreciate this look -- I love long, pleated skirts worn with slim, high-necked sweaters -- and the bold color is great on her. Skirts like that have a lot of attractive sweep and movement, and I own several myself. I might have chosen black accessories, though I have no strong objection to the ones she picked. However, the Duchess's hair is still bothering me. It's looking just too long and limp. Please get it cut, Kate!

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    1. I love her in red! A really pretty outfit. I like the sweater, and the skirt flows so nicely when she walks. I don’t mind the tan accessories. I think it makes the dress pop more. I agree with you Vittoria, her hair is gorgeous but the length to me distracts a bit from the outfit. Maybe we’ll see a shorter hair style soon. :)

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  4. I support the message and applaud all who address the issue of mental health and addiction. I love the Doc's red outfit, the styling and her hair. My "but", is that the turtle neck is so tall that in many photos her head looks photoshopped in. I can't unsee it.

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    1. LauraT, now that you mention the tall neck, I can't unsee the idea of photoshopping. The model has the neck slightly slouched, so I guess that would help. I also can't believe the two reds match so well!

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  5. If Kates skirt length was 6-8 inches shorter I would love her fashion statement today. I very much like the longer length for professional engagements. But, almost to the ankle, no. I have commented on her ever changing seasonal hair color and lengths. What does that say about someone? As she is looking down the road to her 40's I would hope her hair would catch up to her professional dressing. Looking at her standing at the podium with her hair hugging her face,it is a real distraction for anyone looking at her much less one who is speaking about a very serious world problem.

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    1. Pleated skirts like that really need to be long to make the greatest visual impact. They tend not to work nearly as well in a shorter length and can even be unflattering to the hips. All of my pleated skirts are about that length. I love the way they sweep and swirl about the legs. It's a dramatic and striking effect.

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    2. Completely agree about the length. My absolute nitpick is the bag though. It’s ridiculous. Go with a clutch or without anything. Let’s just hope those micro bags go the way of the dust ruffles.
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    3. I can't believe in this day and age we have comments like this. Her hair can't be long AND professional? I can tell you that I'm an attorney and I have long hair. My partners have long hair. There is absolutely nothing wrong with professional women having long hair. In fact, I find it offensive for anyone to suggest that the opposite is true. Why must women cut off their hair (and look more like a man?) to look professional?

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    4. I so agree. Her hair has gotten too long. For me it isn't an age thing but just an appearance. That length just drags her down. And you're right, watching the video of her speech I just wanted to pin her hair back. It was very distracting

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    5. I just wanted to point out - focusing on hair as a condition of merit when she is speaking on a “very serious problem” is incredibly sexist. Whether she is 39 or 69, her head and her hair. Might not be to your personal taste but your comments entirely focused on her looks make me sad. And make me realize how far we have to go to make sure women aren’t adding to our own objectification.

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    6. I do not see the connection between the length of a woman's hair and her addressing a serious issue. Women are still policed on small aspects of their appearance and their perceived level of professionalism and capacities. Nitpicking hair like this is rooted in sexism and objectification of women as Blair pointed out, and many would benefit from re-examining their internalized sexism.

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    7. Blair and azaluckyj, I so agree with you! It is sad that some of us think like this. For me, hair has nothing to do with how professional the individual is. With Kate's hair being thick, healthy, beautifully done, there's nothing stopping her from wearing it as long as she wishes.
      Her professionalism shows through her composure, her speech, her attendance itself, her longterm commitment to the issue. The fact that she comes and is very present and engaging. None of her professionalism is in her hair. (Perdonally I love her haur like this).
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    8. Why is changing her hair style an issue? Does that mean "serious" people should never change hairstyles, long or short?

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    9. Perfectly spoken.

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    10. I think long hair is fine on professionals. My hair is shoulder-length, and I'm 65. I simply think that there is such a thing as TOO long and that the Duchess's hair starts to look limp and less attractive past a certain length. This has happened several times before, and I'm always calling for her to have a few inches trimmed off the ends.

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    11. I so applaud the comments about how hair length has nothing to do with professionalism. If her hair could somehow send a message by itself, I can't think what could be considered negative about clean, healthy-looking, groomed hair. Length and personal style are arbitrary things. If it were dirty and/or messy, that might be considered as sending an unprofessional message.

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    12. Tammy from California23 October 2021 at 17:23

      I love her hair long and always will.

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  6. Dare I say thw festive season has begun! At least in Kate's books - this looks like her typical christmas outfit. It is wonderfully stylish though. I love how striking the ensemble is, it makes Kate look very confident. The brown accessories are perfect to make the look more professional.
    On another note, I am very happy that Kate is once again tackling the ussue if addiction. I hope to see her maybe volunteering with the addiction victims in near future.
    Ella

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    1. Given the comments above about professional looks, I would like to reiterate my own commemt and say that the brown accessories make the look (not Kate, the look/outfit!) more business-like imho. However, none of the garments Kate is wearing can make her look less or more qualified - that wasn't what I meant. Sorry for wording my initial commemt badly.
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  7. The Lady in red. The Duchess looks beautiful today. I think red really suits her. The forward trust is doing amazing and very vital work, for people who are suffering from addiction. Which one of us doesn't know someone in the throws of addiction or in recovery. The speech that the Duchess gave was spot on. The pandemic has had a very adverse effect on people suffering from addiction, be it the isolation or trying to get much needed support. Also a lot of people started drinking more in lockdown and taking medication for stress and anxiety. I applaud her on the fantastic job she is doing. I really hope we get to see photos from the reception tonight. In honor of the late great Princess Diana of Wales. She would of been so proud of work they are doing on behalf of others. S. ☺

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  8. I read elsewhere that the sweater is the Ralph Lauren Slimfit Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater 🥰

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  9. Thank you DeAnn, it looks like a solid match.

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  10. How in the world did the reds from 2 different designers match so perfectly? It's incredible. At first I thought she was in a dress.

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    1. Zora from Prague19 October 2021 at 21:52

      I also thought she was wearing a dress! 😊The bright red reminded me of her Alexander McQueen coat in which she was promoting the "Hold Still" project. Red really suits her - but is there a colour that doesn't ? 😉
      She is doing a great job, very important at all times but vital now when such a lot of young people struggle with addictions due to the pandemic.

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    2. Happens all the time. There are only so many shades of a given color. I've been able to buy matching pieces several years apart. You just need a good eye, a good memory, and good instincts.

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    3. That's what got my attention as well. In a few of the pictures, you can see that the sweater has a 'softer' feel - which is the cashmere - than the skirt but amazing that they matched. The hardest color IMHO to match is navy. UGH, so many blues and hues.

      I typically go for a ponytail with a turtleneck. A low one here would have looked wonderful.

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  11. Stunning again today. Red is a good color on her. This cause against addiction sadly is a never ending one. As long there is demand and supply, it will not end. Education and willpower is only one small part which will help. Maybe Law and Order will make a dent in this vast problem?. Every day lots of innocent life lost, to this Pandemic. Very very sad but true.

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  12. Beautiful outfit, love the length of the skirt. The colour of the accessories, perfect.

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  13. Great color . Mental health and addiction are two areas the royals can stay in their lane and be very effective without accusation of hypocrisy. Will and Kate speak with sincerity given their own personal experiences. The subjects don’t attract big billionaire names and big money, red or green carpet and the world’s stage like today’s popular climate change activism. But mental health and substance abuse affect many people directly and indirectly. Think of the homeless, mentally ill person sleeping rough and wandering your local streets in crisis. Or the quiet opioid and alcohol abuse happening among nice people who live in nice neighborhoods and go to nice schools. My youngest was surprised at how many people use uppers and downers with alcohol at uni.

    I’m not a teetotaler but I’m always astonished at how much my mates and family consume after a get together, especially at sports outing. The crates of bottles I take out to the bin afterward. The one rule at our house if we host a gathering is we don’t let people drive anywhere drunk. But the amount of binge drinking bothers me and I have to be careful about how to talk about this within my social circle because no one will admit he or she has a drinking problem. My husband doesn’t drink much because he grew up with alcoholics and people tease him all the time for not drinking at parties.
    -BC Magpie

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    1. My dad was similar to your husband. His mother deserted his family when he was young and the boys were somewhat split up between relatives. My dad remained with his father who was an alcoholic. I remember him telling me that he would have to go around to the neighborhood bars on his way home from school to collect his father and make him come home. He hardly ever drank alcohol except maybe one in a social setting because of what he experienced growing up.

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    2. I grew up with an alcoholic in the house and am a teetotaler as an adult. Nobody teases me about it; I am lucky that all my friends and family respect each other's decisions.

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  14. Lynn in balmy SC19 October 2021 at 21:02

    I too thought it was a dress, but since red is my favorite color and I think Kate looks even more lovely in red I am happy no matter what.

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  15. I absolutely loved Kates outfit today!! I love the length of the skirt, I personally wish the midi length would go away for a while, it’s very graceful on her and makes her look taller. I absolutely LOVE her hair this length!!! The longer the better, she looks younger and more stylish, although I wish she would experiment with hair clips or a square ponytail or even a ponytail with a sleek middle part would look excellent on her. I foresee her wearing this around Christmas with a beautiful shiny blouse or sweater for family gatherings. I don’t mind her brown shoes but I don’t think the purse was necessary for this outing. Also I don’t like the little mini handle purses, they look like a little girl and her hands are clearly too large for the little handles. If I were dressing her I would have had her in a tortoise shell clutch to give it a tropical touch.

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  16. I think it's a sterio type to think that at 40 she needs to wear her hair shorter. If she loves long hair and it's still thick and beautiful, which it certainly is, I'm perfectly fine with her embracing it. My only beef on it is, if it's covering her face too much, and continually having to move it away. Then tie it back or something. She is beautiful these days. If I look as good as her in 10 years, I'll be happy.

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  17. This may be a duplicate. Love her outfit. She looks gorgeous. Very elegant and I think the tan/brown shoes and purse work wonderfully with all that red, they almost disappear. I also agree that the skirt with all those pleats looks great at that very long length. All that red, a great shade and the slim turtleneck is beautiful. Ali

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  18. I love the color and those are gorgeous shoes! Photos of her outfit from the side when she’s walking out of the car are stunning. I don’t love it quite as much from the pictures of the front. Sue

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  19. I think she looks beautiful.

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  20. I think she looks absolutely gorgeous from head to toe! Thank you for posting Charlotte! Much appreciated as always. ♥️♥️♥️

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  21. Fabulous speech, one of Kate's best. On a shallow note, I may be the first so far to dislike today's outfit. It's just too! much! red! all the way down! I need something to break it up, maybe a belt or a different neckline on the sweater. Hmm....

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    1. That’s me as well. The sporty sweater with a romantic gorgeous skirt. A different neckline and a belt. Love the cognac accessories

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  22. Margaret, London20 October 2021 at 02:09

    She is looking amazing.

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  23. I rather like the brown shoes and bag; navy or black would be the expected colours and this is not as usual, so it softens the overall look even though red is considered to be a power-dressing colour. I also like the ankle length to the skirt as the Duchess is tall and thin enough to pull it off as an elegant touch.

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  24. Thankyou for this blog site and the opportunity to comment.
    I would like to say the duchess shows compassion for the area of drug and addiction.
    I would be interested to share my understanding to further widen the scope for discussion.
    From councellers I have been taught that we are responsible for our lives.This gives me a feeling of empowerment.I have been taught that we as humans have the unique ability to make choices.I have also been taught that we choose our parents before we come into being.I have also been taught that we may do the same thing over and over again because our soul needs to go through this pain or process in order to grow.So we can't judge others because we can have no understanding what is their life lesson they are learning. But I do know that all you can do is to be there for them when they turn to you for help because at that moment they have made the choice to change. Love them and accept and help when they are ready.And the parents we come through we carry their baggage like it or not and this is part of the process of purifying our ancestors and somehow doing things better or forgiving accepting of ourselves and giving back.
    it might be a small action of simply rescuing a lost child and uniting them in a busy supermarket.



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  25. Great engagement. But I don't like the outfit. It is too much red. I don't like her hair either. On the podium, it doesn't look professional. It is too distracting.

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    1. Yes it was a great engagement. I have to say, I didn't even notice her hair. I was too busy listening to her speech. Highlighting the scourge of addiction. S. ☺

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    2. People are professional or unprofessional independently of their hairs. The comments on this post are mind blowing, if anyone reads them without looking at the pictures it would seen Kate showed up dressed in denim shorts and hair unwashed my goodness

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    3. Wow I totally disagree, I loved it from head to toe!! Perfection in my book. I am just sorry that I gave all my long skirts away. The red looked fabulous on her and she was beaming. I am just glad she didn’t wear a blazer, whoever created the blazer or the women’s version of a man’s coat should be shamed and I wish all women everywhere refuse to wear them. Women shouldn’t be in men’s clothes when they have so many other beautiful things to choose from.

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    4. Anonymous 19.56 - thank you for your comment. I thought it was me, with a heavy sigh of here we go again, with the incredibly critical writings in the comments section. Kate is a stunningly attractive woman, and to demean her as unprofessional because of her hair is just wrong. As you said, if you’d hadn’t seen these photos, you’d think she turned up with dirty, unkept hair & jeans. When in fact she looked so beautiful and elegant, and the depth of compassion & understanding in her speech were not even mentioned by so many. My dear Mum once said to me, if you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say it. Her sentiment is right, and so many of these comments really, really upset me. To me she looked absolutely gorgeous, a beautiful lady in red, with a heart that is full of kindness & warmth. As I sit here with my long blonde hair, I know that my professional reputation is not defined by the length or colour of my hair, and neither is our beautiful Catherine. Please let’s be kind to each other, and take good care. xx

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  26. She is stunning. To the person that commented that addiction needs "education and will power," please allow me to correct you. I am an alcoholic and the only thing that eventually relieved my alcoholism was completely giving up. Education is great; however, it is a well-known fact that addicts do NOT suffer from a lack of will power! Addicts are some of the most tenacious people on the planet. Admitting your powerlessness and unmanageability is the secret to freedom from addiction.

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    1. I applaud you, Lynn, for your tenacity and support you in your efforts to conquer addiction.

      The speech Kate gave was very good.

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    2. Zora from Prague21 October 2021 at 20:29

      Thank you for your insight, Lynn!

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  27. Everyone is talking about her hair being in her face, I just think she needs to invest in some really good hair oil, keep it in the car and use a couple of drops around her face and smooth the ends before she steps out. I personally love the Aveda dry remedy oil. I hope she keeps her hair long, I think there is no age limit when it comes to hair styles, whatever makes a women feel beautiful. Bravo Kate!!

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  28. I love the brown accessories, to be honest. It makes that gorgeous red seem much more Autumn than Winter. Another winner, as far as I'm concerned.

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  29. Absolutely love the new pictures released. Are you going to post them?

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    1. Hello,

      They are fantastic photos. Quite a few are exclusive to People so I can't license them, I will share what I can in the next post.

      https://people.com/royals/kate-middleton-prince-william-backstage-earthshot-awards-exclusive-photos/

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    2. They really are beautiful photos of both William and Kate. LOVE that they are backstage shots and black and white....very editorial looking! Also, the photo of Kate looking back while having just exited the car is very fashion magazine worthy, like an actual photo shoot! Kudos to the photographers!

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  30. Wow ok so glued in her speech it's quite good in outfit but it's great speech

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  31. One positive living through many lockdowns is freedom from judging myself and others about clothes and appearance. Now that my work has moved into hybrid mode, I don’t fret about what I wear anymore. It’s not about embracing life as a slob. I take great care to look professional and neat. It’s the happy acceptance that I can save tons of money and closet space without so many outfits and beauty products. I’ve taken up running and fell walking and didn’t lose an ounce. Muscle, turns out, weighs more than fat. I look healthy because I am healthy. I took bags and bags of clothes to the local charity. It has been liberating.

    I hope Kate continues to recycle her threads, keep wearing the oldies and lose the bling. If needed, Kate can borrow or rent an outfit for extravaganza. Let her grey shows. I am Kate’s age and a brunette and my grey’s peaking through, yet my hair has been more manageable and softer without all the harsh “natural” dye chemicals. Hair coloring is toxic to the body, as are many other beauty products. Many are made from petroleum by-products and full of unsavory chemicals. Palm oil and coconut based products are terrifically bad for the environment.

    Finally, Kate’s speech is worth listening to. With the lockdowns, I missed meeting friends at our local pub but I didn’t miss the OTT drinking. The pandemic and the economic hits have been particularly harsh on women. There’s a lot here to think about.

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  32. Tammy from California23 October 2021 at 17:24

    This would be a great Christmas-season outfit!

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  33. I truly loved the DOC'S all-red ensemble! Being someone who personally likes an understated and elegant approach to fashion, I thought she was stunning. The toffee/tan shoes and handbag were the right touch for autumn. Her hair really is a "crowning glory"! BUT, the absolute best part is her message, her commitment and support for addiction recovery. Thanks, Charlotte- this post is a winner!

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  34. Kate’s fashion isn’t understated. She’s wearing fire engine red and I love it.

    I dislike this attempt to wrangle Kate (and any woman) with the trope that the good traits of womanhood are to be understated, hidden, quiet, unobtrusive in order to be effective or to lead or to be safe. It’s a corset and muzzle we don’t need.

    Kate is not understated. She’s front and center by designed at these intricate royal visits which underlines her special and unique place. The staff at these places work very hard to make sure she shines. Kate’s effectiveness in advocacy relies very much on her star power. That’s the point of having a large Palace staff and the royal rota.

    I love it when Kate roars. Her best, most genuine moment for me was her visit to Sarah Everard vigil. That the police afterward used forced to arrest the other women at the vigil and the way the tabloids outed those arrested were shameful. Some of the arrested women have been doxxed and are now bullied and terrorized by nutters.

    This is why women today need to nurture not just the meek and the mild, but the risk takers and rule breakers too. Women didn’t get the vote by stepping back. They stepped up.


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  35. Happy Halloween Charlotte and fellow DKB readers. I really hope today or sometime in the future we will get a picture of George Charlotte and Louis in their Halloween outfits.

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  36. A very Happy Halloween :)

    I'm currently doing research ahead of a busy week. A reminder we'll see William and Kate for at least two receptions in Glasgow (COP26) tomorrow. I imagine additional engagements are embargoed for the time being.

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    1. Thanks Charlotte. Happy Halloween to you and yours. I'm sure as always you will post as soon as you can. Fingers crossed for new bling.. S. ☺

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  37. She looks stunning as always. I like the brown paired with the red. It works well, just wondering if a belt would have completed the look.

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