Kate Middleton Makes Final Public Appearance Before Having Royal Baby No. 2
By Jessica Roy
This is the last we'll see of Kate Middleton for a while as the future queen of England made her last official public appearance in London. After this, she withdraws from the public eye to await the birth of the second Royal Baby.
Middleton, 33, visited the Stephen Lawrence Centre with husband Prince William, 32. The couple appeared there to support development opportunities for young people at the Centre, which is in South London. The overall theme of their appearances today was to support programs and charities that aid impoverished young people.
The Stephen Lawrence Centre is "a place for community learning and social research, inspiring and motivating young people," according to its website. The Centre is owned and managed by the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, which was established in memory of Stephen Lawrence, a young man who was murdered in a racially motivated attack in 1993. The Trust was set up by his mother, Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon OBE. The baroness accompanied the couple on their tour.
The Duchess of Cambridge rocked a bright pink Mulberry trench, which you might remember from her 2014 visit to New York.
Before leaving the Centre, Kate and Will signed the visitor guest book and received a bouquet of flowers.
After, they paid a visit to Christ Church in the Gypsy Hill neighborhood. There, a charity called XLP runs an arts project that includes a mobile recording studio. XLP runs programs to help disadvantaged youths who have no place to go after school. The charity was established after a playground stabbing in 1996.
According to Christian Today, the royal couple watched a performance by several youth participants and then spoke to them about their lives and the realities of growing up impoverished in London. Princess Kate has been a royal patron of the charity since 2013.
"The kids were all really amazed by how warm and friendly the Duke and Duchess were," XLP founder and CEO Patrick Regan told Christian Today. "They said they had been to many showcases but hearing the stories behind where these kids have come from makes the performance even more powerful."