Kate makes surprise outing in London for special cause

By Ainhoa Barcelona

The Duchess of Cambridge carried out a previously unannounced engagement in London on Thursday (Jan. 11) to the delight of royal fans. Kate, who is expecting her third child this spring, showed her support for a cause close to her heart as she made a surprise visit to the Amnesty International UK office. There, a conference on young peoples' mental health called Head Start was being held in collaboration with the children's charity for which she is patron, the Anna Freud Centre.

The Duchess of Cambridge's many patronages

The charity shared a photo of Kate arriving at the event, saying: "We are delighted to welcome our Patron HRH the Duchess of Cambridge to the #HeadStartLearning Conference. HRH is a committed champion of children's mental health and wellbeing and it is fantastic to have her here!" Prince George and Princess Charlotte's mom was pictured from the back, wearing her Tory Burch 'Bettina' tweed coat. Kate wore the coat in 2014 during a visit to New York when she was pregnant with her daughter Charlotte.

Kate Middleton shaking hands with people at the Anna Freud Centre
Kate attended a conference on young people's mental health

Kate's surprise outing comes one day after she visited Reach Academy Feltham in west London. The Duchess, who was carrying out her first engagement of the year, was visiting the school as patron of Place2Be. She met young boys and girls in nursery before touring the school and chatting to a group of secondary school pupils. The students spoke about the range of support Place2Be offers at their school, including emotional wellbeing support, LGBT groups and a girls' group.

Kate visited a school in west London on Wednesday

It's been an exciting week for the pregnant royal. Kate's daughter Princess Charlotte started nursery on Monday, attending the Willcocks Nursery School in west London. The palace released two gorgeous portraits taken by Kate, showing her two-year-old daughter ready for her first day. The radiant mom-to-be also celebrated her 36th birthday on Tuesday, choosing to spend the day in private with her family.

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