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Kate makes last set of appearances before birth of new royal baby

The Duchess of Cambridge carried out the last set of scheduled engagements on Friday before she begins her maternity leave. The Duchess, who is due in April, joined the Duke of Cambridge for a visit of Stephen Lawrence Centre, a London facility that supports underprivileged youths.

Heartbreakingly, at the age of 18 in 1993, Stephen was murdered in a senseless racist attack.

In 1998, The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust was set up by Stephen’s mother Baroness Lawrence. She wanted to make certain that future generations of young people would enjoy the opportunities denied to Stephen by his senseless murder.

The Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford was designed by renowned architect David Adjaye OBE. It is home to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and set up in memory of Stephen. It is a place for community learning and social inquiry, motivating and encouraging young people.

The Duke and Duchess met staff and volunteers at the Centre, which included Stephen Lawrence’s brother and sister along with his 10-year-old niece, Mia. Mia presented Kate with a posy and commented her favourite thing to eat is shepherd’s pie. Kate noted: “That’s our favourite too.”William also commented asking: “You’re a budding chef? I’m going to have to come around and try your Shepherd’s Pie.”

They also paid a visit to XLP in Gipsy Hill, a charity that helps inner-city children. During the visit to XLP, the couple observed performances that are a part of the XLP arts programme. William and Catherine toured an XLP community bus and a mobile recording studio at the Hazel Grove Estate in Sydenham.

XLP began in 1996 after a tragic stabbing on a school playground. The staff works with students and teachers to assist with troublesome behavioural issues.

They were also given t-shirts for Prince George and his future brother or sister.

During their walkabout, William and Kate both commented about the impending birth of their second child. The Duke said: ‘The first time is a learning experience, the second time is a game-changer.’”

This week, The Duchess of Cambridge appealed to parents, teachers and health professionals to give attention to the importance of children’s mental health.

Kate noted she planned to dedicate more time to children’s mental health issues when she returns after maternity leave. She is due with her second child sometime next month.

Featured photo credit: British High Commission Ottawa

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