Place2Be 25th Anniversary Gala at Buckingham Palace

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The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Place2Be, hosted a Gala Dinner at Buckingham Palace in celebration of Place2Be’s 25th Anniversary on the evening of March 9th, after the Commonwealth Day Service. The Duchess met two school choirs who performed at the event and Place2Be supporters, before giving a speech. Set up in 1994 by Dame Benny Refson DBE, Place2Be provides emotional support at an early age and believes that no child should face mental health difficulties alone, supporting more than 250,000 children and their families and with 639 schools across the UK. The Duchess has been a patron since 2013, attending the Awards, Big Assembly, and School Leaders Forum, and Place2Be have also collaborated with The Royal Foundation on a number of projects: they are a charity partner for the Heads Together Campaign and Mentally Healthy Schools website, in addition to working with Shout.

Place2Be was one of the first charities I became Patron of. knew it was special then, but having spent many years since learning about the importance of childhood development, I see even more the value in the work that you do and I am hugely grateful for all that you have taught me over the past seven years. You taught me, right from the start, that the children in your schools are only as happy and emotionally strong as the adults in their care. That is why you take such great pride in the work you do with your teachers and your parents. You taught me the importance of creating safe and nurturing environments within schools, embracing a holistic view of emotional well-being which permeates through the whole school system. You also taught me that it’s the simplest things that make a difference to children. It’s the quality time that is spent with them. It’s the time you take to listen to them.”

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The Duchess repeated a sapphire blue Jenny Packham Gown with the Erdem Pearl Embellished Floral Drop Earrings.


3 thoughts on “Place2Be 25th Anniversary Gala at Buckingham Palace

  1. Catherine should have been the bigger woman and greeted Megan with a smile and hello as you can see Megan looked right at her hoping they could greet each other, but she didn’t or wouldn’t even look Megan or Harry in the eyes….it’s time to put your big girl panties on!

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