Friday 26 May 2017

Kate Middleton makes surprise appearance at women's centre in recycled blue coat

The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the Nelson Trust Women's Centre in Gloucester after a visit as part of her ongoing work on addiction and mental health. Picture date: Friday November 4, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Kate. Photo credit: Richard Pohle/The Times/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the Nelson Trust Women's Centre in Gloucester after a visit as part of her ongoing work on addiction and mental health. Picture date: Friday November 4, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Kate. Photo credit: Richard Pohle/The Times/PA Wire
A plaster on the hand of the Duchess of Cambridge as she leaves the Nelson Trust Women's Centre in Gloucester after a visit as part of her ongoing work on addiction and mental health. Picture date: Friday November 4, 2016. Photo credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Kate Middleton will be the subject of a new BBC drama. Photo credit: Richard Pohle/The Times/PA Wire
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Kate Middleton made a surprise visit to a women's centre and prison on Friday after turning heads at a movie premiere the night before.

The Duchess of Cambridge attended the London premiere of A Streetcat Named Bob on Thursday night in a stunning white Self Portrait dress, and continued her royal duties on Friday morning by making a surprise visit to a women's centre and prison.

The Duchess met inmates at a women's prison as part of her work on addiction and mental health and spoke to staff and a small number of prisoners about their personal stories during a private visit to HMP Eastwood Park, in Gloucestershire.

Kate (34) wrapped up from the cold in a recycled blue Mulberry coat, patterned Dolce and Gabanna skirt and black turtleneck.

A plaster on the hand of the Duchess of Cambridge as she leaves the Nelson Trust Women's Centre in Gloucester after a visit as part of her ongoing work on addiction and mental health. Picture date: Friday November 4, 2016. Photo credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
A plaster on the hand of the Duchess of Cambridge as she leaves the Nelson Trust Women's Centre in Gloucester after a visit as part of her ongoing work on addiction and mental health. Picture date: Friday November 4, 2016. Photo credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

She wore her hair in her trademark loose, glossy waves, while a plaster on her hand caught the media's attention, although Kensington Palace did not give an explanation as to why it was there.

The mother of two showed her down-to-earth side as she declined her bodyguard's help and picked up a bottle of water she dropped while exiting her Range Rover.

Kate also visited The Nelson Trust Women's Centre, which works closely with the prison.

She was also introduced to women who have accessed support there and heard about their personal experiences.

Kate Middleton will be the subject of a new BBC drama. Photo credit: Richard Pohle/The Times/PA Wire
Kate Middleton will be the subject of a new BBC drama. Photo credit: Richard Pohle/The Times/PA Wire

The Duchess also met supporters of the Trust and unveiled a plaque marking her visit.

Before leaving, Kate was presented with a bouquet of flowers by four-year-old Tilly Penhale and her mother Natashia.

The Duchess told Tilly: "Thank you so much, I think George will like them."

Speaking afterwards, Mrs Penhale, who works for the Trust, said: "The Duchess was beautiful and she was really interested in hearing from us. She was so engaging and came across as caring."

John Trolan, chief executive of the Trust, said: "The Duchess is a genuine inspiration to the staff here and it has made a huge difference for her to take the time to come here.

"The Duchess has been fantastic and we were pleased she came to listen. We are pleased as punch."

Additional reporting by Press Association

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