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Duchess of Cambridge meets inmates at women's prison

By PA Reporters

Published 05/11/2016

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (right), makes faces at four-month-old Gabriel as she talks to his mother Hlengiwe Sithole during a visit to the Nelson Trust Women’s Centre in Gloucester
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (right), makes faces at four-month-old Gabriel as she talks to his mother Hlengiwe Sithole during a visit to the Nelson Trust Women’s Centre in Gloucester

The Duchess of Cambridge has met inmates at a women's prison as part of her work on addiction and mental health.

Kate spoke to staff and a small number of prisoners about their personal stories during a private visit to HMP Eastwood Park, in Gloucestershire.

Kensington Palace tweeted: "The Duchess has visited HMP Eastwood Park to learn what support is available to women prisoners and their families with complex needs. The Duchess wants to see the support helping vulnerable families break the cycles at the heart of issues like addiction and mental health."

Later, Kate also visited a women's centre that works closely with the prison.

The Nelson Trust Women's Centre, in Gloucestershire, was set up in 2010 and is designed to support vulnerable women, particularly those who have experienced abuse and trauma in their lives.

Kate, who wore a Mulberry coat and Dolce and Gabbana skirt, met staff and learnt about the various strands of work including prison in-reach, social inclusion support, the sex worker outreach project and rural outreach.

The Duchess also unveiled a plaque marking her visit.

Before leaving, Kate was presented with a bouquet of flowers by four-year-old Tilly Penhale and her mother Natashia.

The Duchess told Tilly: "Thank you so much, I think George will like them."

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