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Duchess of Cambridge in visit to specialist mums' unit

By Tony Jones

The Duchess of Cambridge has praised the efforts of mothers with emotional issues who have turned their lives around, despite parenting being "tough".

Kate heard the stories of women who have battled problems like depression or difficult upbringings during a visit to a specialist unit run by the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families in north London.

For the past five years the centre's early years parenting unit in Holloway has been supporting families who are at risk of their children being taken into care.

The Duchess - who wore an outfit by Eponine - met mothers who had completed its intensive treatment programme and paid tribute to the women.

Kate told them "parenting is tough" but despite the "experiences you've all witnessed" and initially not receiving support "I find it extraordinary how you've managed actually, so really well done".

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