Kate smiling in her blue collared coat for the first service of the year | royal | News

Kate, recently pictured in a trio of glamorous Alexander McQueen dresses for her 40th birthday, looked equally stunning in the knee-length teal number when she and Prince William, 39, met people who had been raised in care. She was last seen in the coat in January 2020, when she wore it while visiting a preschool. Yesterday the thrifty royal paired it with £130 black trousers from Jigsaw and £7 earrings from Accesorize.

The Duke and Duchess were taking part in their first joint public engagement of the year at the Foundling Museum in central London, which offers training, mentorship and creative projects to help young people in care. They met three of the system’s success stories – former Olympic athlete Kriss Akabusi, poet Lemn Sissay and writer Allan Jenkins.

Kriss, 63, just with Kate, was four when his parents returned to Nigeria and left him in the UK. He said the stability he found in a children’s home was “a lifesaver” but that leaving at 16 was “very traumatic”.

Founding bosses Kate and William joined charity experts to discuss homelessness, the impact of care on mental health and helping people who fall through the cracks. They also met musicians and helped create a giant art therapy doodle. Kate laughed as she struggled with a 3ft pencil.

But William was quite proud of their creation and said, “It’s beautiful.” The museum has yet to decide what to do with the artwork, but said it will not be sold.

Elizabeth J. Harless