Duchess Kate held a secret dinner at Buckingham Palace

By Sarah Walker

A very special dinner was held Wednesday night (Feb. 6) at Buckingham Palace, according to the Court Circular – and the Duchess of Cambridge played host! It’s rumoured the 37-year-old invited various members of her charities and patronages to dine at the Queen’s private residence. She works with approximately 16 organizations that focus on her biggest passions: youth well-being, mental health, sports and the arts.

There have been reports that the mom-to-three's guests are a part of her first solo project, which is expected to launch at some point this year. According to the Daily Mail, Kate is "bringing together experts from academia, education, health and other fields to work on how to help families tackle anti-social behaviour, addiction and mental health."

Kate greeted guests during a reception at Buckingham Palace. Photo: © Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images

In a speech during a visit to the Reach Academy in London earlier this year, she highlighted the importance of caring for children when they're young: "We all know how important childhood is, and how the early years shape us for life. We also know how negative the downstream impact can be, if problems emerging at the youngest age are overlooked, or ignored. It is therefore vital that we nurture children through this critical, early period."

She added: "At what stage in a child’s development could we, or should we, intervene, to break the inter-generational cycle of disadvantage? The more I have heard, the more I am convinced that the answer has to be early - and the earlier, the better. Addressing the issues only when they root, later in life, results in huge detriment: detriment to the healthcare, education and social support system in our country."

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