Kate brought back one of her Orla Kiely’s frocks for November, 19th visit with William to Only Connect and two affiliated groups.
Only Connect “…is a theatre, arts and rehabilitation centre for prisoners, ex-offenders and youth at risk”. The group’s main goal is crime prevention, offering training and support through a variety of initiatives. More from the Mirror: “The organisation reaches 10.000 young people every year and their projects have been shown to reduce re-offending by half. Helping former offenders is a cause close to William’s heart. He is patron of the St. Giles Trust which helps ex prisoners get back on their feet and he visited their Camberwell offices earlier this month”.
The Mirror’s Victoria Murphy notes that William’s aunt Lady Jane Fellowes – the sister of Princess Diana – is one of the trustees of the charity.
The Duke and Duchess took part in a round table with representatives from several groups, including Spark Inside (they offer life coaching to young people in custody or on probation), Switchback (a mentoring group with a focus on catering, targeting offenders aged 18-24), Dance United (a dance company working with hard to reach groups), Bounce Back (training ex-offenders through work in painting, decorating and social enterprise).
While speaking with those at the event Kate was given a shirt for Prince George, Simon Perry has the story in his piece for People magazine. The infant heir to the throne of England is getting big already, his proud mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, said Tuesday as she and husband William made a joint royal outing, leaving George with babysitters.
Aaron Russell-Andrews, an ex-convict who had an official role at a charity event for troubled youth, said Kate told him George was “growing very fast” and would fit snugly in the vest, made for a 6-month-old, that Russell-Andrews gave her as a present.
Duchess previously wore this frock when visiting The Art Room in February of last year; the Duchess serves as patron of that organization. The “Birdie Shirt Dress” is a wool jacquard weave, hopefully offering some warmth on what was a chilly morning in London.