In first face-to-face engagement since lockdown, Kate Middleton backs business

In first face-to-face engagement since lockdown, Kate Middleton backs business

Kate's hair was worn in a relaxed half-up, half-down style that she has showed off numerous times during lockdown when making video call appearances on Zoom.

According to the New York Post, Kate appeared during an assembly for the Oak National Academy, an online classroom created to support teachers and parents during the Covid-19 pandemic. The mom of three admitted that it's been a "difficult time", while sharing a lesson on kindness to students during a virtual school assembly on Thursday. She added, "And you can also play your part in helping others to feel better too, whether offering a friendly ear, or helping someone in need".

Speaking to the youngsters, Kate said, "We all have our ups and downs, especially when things change in our lives as they have in so many ways recently".

"At a time of great difficulty for many, it is heart-warming to see the civic response and generosity of so many businesses, small and large, to the challenges posed, whether supporting the health sector or vulnerable communities".

The Duchess spoke with the garden centre's owners, Martin and Jennie Turner, during her visit.

Kate went on to say that while it's normal to experience a range of emotions as we navigate the pandemic, it's important to understand these feelings can make us feel uncomfortable.

During his visit, he listened to emergency personnel detail the work that has been carried out over the last few weeks.

The Duchess' assembly is based on a lesson plan which is available on the Mentally Healthy Schools platform.

Matt Hood, Principal at Oak National Academy, said: 'We're thrilled that The Duchess of Cambridge was able to lead this week's assembly on acts of kindness.

The Duchess was keen to promote kindness as a way to help people's mental health, and worked with mental health charity Place2Be ahead of the assembly. The site is now managed by The Anna Freud Centre.

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