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The Duchess of Cambridge attends Gala evening

The Duchess of Cambridge has undertaken another event this week, attending the Action on Addiction Gala dinner in London on Thursday evening.

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at  the Action on Addiction Gala evening

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Action on Addiction Gala evening.

Hosted at the L’Anima Restaurant in the heart of the City of London, the Autumn Gala evening was in support of Action on Addiction; the UK’s only charity working in addiction research, prevention, treatment, professional education and family support. The Duchess, who became Patron of the charity in 2012, was joined by Chairman, John Lloyd, as she met with charity supporters and also enjoyed a performance by comedian Rory Bremnar.

Catherine has previously shown her support publicly for the charity; visited their women-only treatment centre, Hope House in Clapham, London in February last year and launching M-PACT Plus in 2013, an initiative which provides in schools to children whose parents and families are affected by parental drug and alcohol misuse.

Attending the event on Thursday evening, The Duchess met with a variety of different charity supporters in a pre-dinner reception. One of the first guests, Catherine met was Hans Rausing, whose wife Eva died of drug abuse in 2012.

Eva Rausing was the UK patron of international drug abuse prevention charity Mentor and together with her husband, she provided financial backing to Action on Addiction.

Mr Rausing was attending Thursday’s event with his new wife Julia and both spoke to The Duchess, with Mrs Rausing telling Victoria Murphy afterwards: “It is wonderful to be here this evening and (was) wonderful to chat to her.”

Highlighting the “remarkable” work that the charity does in the programme for the Gala evening, Catherine wrote:

“As I am sure you are aware, the impact of addiction can be extremely damaging for individuals, families and the wider community.

“During the time I have spent with clients and staff I have been privileged to see the phenomenal work which the charity undertakes to improve the lives of those affected by addiction.

“The stories of recovery are remarkable; and Action On Addiction’s role in helping people achieve this is truly inspiring.”

The event was The Duchess’s third this week and second solo outing, after she welcomed the President of Singapore with her husband, Prince William, on Monday. She also joined Sir David Attenborough at a ceremony for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards at the Natural History Museum on Monday evening.

The Duchess had previously taken a two-month hiatus from Royal duties, after suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum as a result of her pregnancy with her second child.

Image Credit: Victoria Murphy

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