The Duchess of Cambridge tried her best to console a loving mother who got choked up talking about her son at the Place2Be Awards in London on Tuesday night (Nov. 21).
“I just had to do that as a mom,” Kate said after flinging her arms around Ceri Knapton. Ceri was overcome by emotion while talking about her courageous 13-year-old son Ethan — who was nominated for a Young Person Champion Award for his work in raising awareness for autism and Asperger Syndrome.
Following her royal encounter, Ceri admitted, “I vowed that I wouldn't cry but was just overcome listening to Ethan. The Duchess just leant over and said to me 'I've got to give you a hug as a mum.’ I couldn't believe it. It was such a kind gesture.”
After attending a children's tea party at the Natural History Museum earlier in the day, the Duchess stepped out in the evening for the Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools awards ceremony held at London’s Mansion House. The organization, of which Kate is a patron, provides support and training to improve the wellbeing of pupils, families and teachers and is a part of her, Prince William and Prince Harry’s Heads Together mental health campaign.
Kate wowed at the event donning a black Preen dress — similar to the red one worn during her royal tour of Canada in the fall. The stylish royal completed her evening look wearing her tresses in a half-up ‘do and accessorizing the sophisticated frock with a Temperley London crystal bow belt and suede cutout wave pumps by Prada.
While at the awards ceremony, which recognizes children who have been positive examples of mental health in their local communities, the Duchess delivered a speech praising all those involved with the organization.
“Without many of the inspiring people gathered here this evening, countless children would not receive such transformational support in their schools. It is because of so many of you, that in their time of need, children have the help, care and attention that will get them through tough times in their lives,” she said.
“I am a firm believer that it is absolutely crucial to confront problems as early as possible, to prevent them from escalating into even greater issues later in life,” Kate continued. “Even the luckiest people can face great challenges. No matter how invincible we seem on the surface, all of us need help from time to time.”