Kate Middleton started her week attending Garter Day with Spain and Netherlands' queens, and she continues it today at day one of the Royal Ascot horserace. The Duchess of Cambridge arrived in the royal carriage procession with her husband Prince William and her parents-in-law Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. The Queen, meanwhile, was joined in her carriage by Prince Andrew, the King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander, and his wife, Queen Máxima.
Kate wore a blue Elie Saab dress this year with a matching Philip Treacy hat.
The Duchess of Cambridge was last at the Royal Ascot in 2017. She wore a white eyelet dress with a white fascinator:
While Kate did not attend the Royal Ascot last year, her sister-in-law Meghan Markle did, on opening day. The Duchess of Sussex made her Ascot debut in a white Givenchy dress with a black belt and black and white hat.
Kate wore black and white herself yesterday at the Order of the Garter, selecting a Catherine Walker coat dress for the festivities:
The Duchess of Cambridge had two events last week. She and William visited Cumbria last Tuesday, and she dressed casually in an olive jacket, a dainty ruffled white blouse, black skinny jeans, and brown hiking boots.
Kate had a more formal event the next day. On Wednesday, the Duchess was at the Action on Addiction gala dinner, wearing a fitted white knit off-the-shoulder dress by Barbara Casasola with glittery silver heels by Jimmy Choo.
The Duchess made a speech there, highlighting the importance of children's mental health in preventing addiction.
"For the last few years, I've been focusing on the importance of prevention: How can we all really support the earliest years of life, build foundations, and help avoid adversity later on in life," Kate said. "Having met so many people who've suffered from addiction, I have seen over and over again that, sadly, the root cause can so often be traced right back to the very earliest years of someone's life. Trauma experienced in early childhood, in some cases, as a result of separation, abandonment, abuse, or even emotional neglect, can have a lasting effect. What we experience during our earliest years, even while we're still in the womb, shapes the developing brain. It is therefore vital that we support everyone who cares for children in those formative years, especially if we want to help with the inter-generational cycle of addiction."
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