Monday 16 July 2018

Kate Middleton speaks on Prince George: 'I'm just getting used to leaving my own child at the school gates'

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and patron of national children's mental health charity Place2Be, greets onlookers on her arrival at the annual Place2Be School Leaders Forum in London on November 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / John PhillipsJOHN PHILLIPS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and patron of national children's mental health charity Place2Be, greets onlookers on her arrival at the annual Place2Be School Leaders Forum in London on November 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / John PhillipsJOHN PHILLIPS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and patron of national children's mental health charity Place2Be, delivers a speech at the annual Place2Be School Leaders Forum in London on November 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / John PhillipsJOHN PHILLIPS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and patron of national children's mental health charity Place2Be, attends the annual Place2Be School Leaders Forum in London on November 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / John PhillipsJOHN PHILLIPS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and patron of national children's mental health charity Place2Be, is greeted by UBS Country Head, David Soanes on her arrival at the annual Place2Be School Leaders Forum in London on November 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / John PhillipsJOHN PHILLIPS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and patron of national children's mental health charity Place2Be, delivers a speech at the annual Place2Be School Leaders Forum in London on November 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / John PhillipsJOHN PHILLIPS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and patron of national children's mental health charity Place2Be, delivers a speech at the annual Place2Be School Leaders Forum in London on November 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / John PhillipsJOHN PHILLIPS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and patron of national children's mental health charity Place2Be, arrives for the annual Place2Be School Leaders Forum in London on November 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / John PhillipsJOHN PHILLIPS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and patron of national children's mental health charity Place2Be, arrives for the annual Place2Be School Leaders Forum in London on November 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / John PhillipsJOHN PHILLIPS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and patron of national children's mental health charity Place2Be, arrives for the annual Place2Be School Leaders Forum in London on November 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / John PhillipsJOHN PHILLIPS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, visits The Bridge Academy at the annual Place2Be School Leaders Forum at UBS London, London, Britain, November 8, 2017. REUTERS/John Phillips/Pool
Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, visits The Bridge Academy at the annual Place2Be School Leaders Forum at UBS London, London, Britain, November 8, 2017. REUTERS/John Phillips/Pool
Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, visits The Bridge Academy at the annual Place2Be School Leaders Forum at UBS London, London, Britain, November 8, 2017. REUTERS/John Phillips/Pool

Catherine Wyatt

The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken about taking Prince George to his school and the importance of supporting young children.

Kate, whose eldest child recently started at Thomas's Battersea in south London, said: "As a mother, just getting used to leaving my own child at the school gates, it is clear to me that it takes a whole community to help raise a child."

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and patron of national children's mental health charity Place2Be, arrives for the annual Place2Be School Leaders Forum in London on November 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / John PhillipsJOHN PHILLIPS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and patron of national children's mental health charity Place2Be, arrives for the annual Place2Be School Leaders Forum in London on November 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / John PhillipsJOHN PHILLIPS/AFP/Getty Images

The Duchess was giving a speech at a Place2Be forum on how schools can tackle mental health problems.

She said: "I believe what you all know to be true, that getting help and support to young children at the very earliest stage helps improve their outcomes later in life.

"Whether we are school leaders, teachers, support staff or parents we are all in this together.

"We are all working to give children the emotional strength they need to face their future lives and thrive."

Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, visits The Bridge Academy at the annual Place2Be School Leaders Forum at UBS London, London, Britain, November 8, 2017. REUTERS/John Phillips/Pool
Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, visits The Bridge Academy at the annual Place2Be School Leaders Forum at UBS London, London, Britain, November 8, 2017. REUTERS/John Phillips/Pool

Kate, who is royal patron of the charity Place2Be, has been spending the day at the school leaders forum in central London.

The event will see expert speakers consider how schools can provide practical support to children, young people and their families.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and patron of national children's mental health charity Place2Be, attends the annual Place2Be School Leaders Forum in London on November 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / John PhillipsJOHN PHILLIPS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and patron of national children's mental health charity Place2Be, attends the annual Place2Be School Leaders Forum in London on November 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / John PhillipsJOHN PHILLIPS/AFP/Getty Images

The duchess, who is currently pregnant with her third child, has attended the past two conferences hosted by the charity.

This year's conference, entitled I'm Fine!, involves the head boy and head girl of The Bridge Academy in Hackney, north London, giving speeches on why they think mental health support is important for teenagers.

Four Year Seven pupils from the school, which benefits from Place2Be's support, met the Duchess when she arrived and gave her a posy of flowers.

Kate has been stepping back into the limelight after suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness.

Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, visits The Bridge Academy at the annual Place2Be School Leaders Forum at UBS London, London, Britain, November 8, 2017. REUTERS/John Phillips/Pool
Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, visits The Bridge Academy at the annual Place2Be School Leaders Forum at UBS London, London, Britain, November 8, 2017. REUTERS/John Phillips/Pool

She is in her second trimester, with the royal baby due in April.

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