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Duchess of Cambridge raises awareness at cyber-bullying forum

On a gloomy November Wednesday, the Duchess of Cambridge brought cheer to London’s financial quarter in Canary Wharf at a cyber-bullying prevention forum, for her charity Place2Be.

Kate attended a cyber-bullying forum on Wednesday and extended her visit by an hour because she was interested in the issues raised

Kate attended a cyber-bullying forum on Wednesday and extended her visit by an hour because she was interested in the issues raised

The Duchess braved the autumnal winds to attend the school-based mental health charity’s prevention forum. Kate became patron of Place2Be in April 2013, which helps 75,000 children in more than 200 schools from some of the most deprived areas of Britain.

This was Kate’s second engagement in a row, having visited Only Connect with her husband, Prince William, only the day before.

Dressed in an Orla Keily black pleated skirt and a black MaxMara jacket, Kate’s visit was to help raise awareness of cyber-bullying, increasingly problematic for the younger generation with mobile technologies. Chief executive of Place2Be, Bonita Refson, said to Kate: “Thank you for sharing our passionate belief that early intervention in children’s well-being and mental health really does matter.”

Kate was bullied as a child, even leaving Downe House School in Berkshire due to bullying, and so the patronage is close to her heart.

Professor Tanya Byron, an expert who spoke about cyberbullying to the forum said of Kate: “She was very interested in the early years, 0 to five year olds, which I guess is because she’s a new mother but also because she’s interested.”

Kate reportedly said “I hope you’re writing this down.”

“Its not just a fly in and fly out. You can see this means something to her,” added Professor Byron.

R Kelly’s hit ‘The World’s Greatest’ was sung for The Duchess by children from St Edmunds Primary School, Tower Hamlets. She thanked the children and congratulated them on their performance.

According to a royal aide, Kate decided to extend her visit by an hour ‘on the spur of the moment’ because she was so interested in the topics raised and listened to two more talks about self-harm and addiction. The new mum is already a patron of Action on Addiction and so this may explain her interest in staying longer.

No doubt William was with George while Kate was working overtime!

photo credit: Jason Simpson via photopin cc

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