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Kate makes unannounced visit to hospital school in Kent

The Duchess of Cambridge made a private visit to The Bethlem and Maudsley School in Kent on Tuesday, the Court Circular has revealed.

The visit, which was not publicised in advance, was undertaken as part of the Duchess’s ongoing charity commitments. Catherine spent around an hour and a half meeting the school’s children and staff, keen to develop her knowledge of mental health within educational settings.

The trip organised by Place2Be, a charity providing school-based mental health support and one of which The Duchess is Patron. She took up the role in 2013 and is passionate about the charity’s cause. Place2Be aims to help youngsters by intervening early before problems with their mental health escalate.

In June last year, Her Royal Highness attended the Place2Reflect conference, at which the Headteacher of Bethlem and Maudsley School, Dr John Ivens, spoke about education psychology.

The Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School provides education for pupils who are patients of the Bethlem or Maudsley Hospitals.

The Duchess attended the Place2Be Awards in November last year. Hosted at Kensington Palace for the first time, the awards were designed to celebrate the commitment to improving the mental health and all-round wellbeing of schools along with recognising the work of school staff, parents and children who go one step further to assist the school community.

Catherine has just returned from a holiday in Mustique with her husband, The Duke of Cambridge and their son, Prince George. The trio were celebrating Carol Middleton’s 60th birthday alongside other members of her family including brother, James and sister, Pippa.

The Duchess will visit Portsmouth on Thursday to see the progress on the new home of Ben Ainslie Racing and the 1851 Trust, another charity of which she recently became Patron. She will then attend a series of engagements in Staffordshire and the West Midlands on the 18 February.

Her Royal Highness is currently six months pregnant with her and Prince William’s second child, which is due in April. It’s expected that her engagements will begin to subside in the coming months to allow the Duchess a suitable rest and recuperation period.

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