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Baby blues: Kate steps out in silk and suede

By Kim Pilling

The Duchess of Cambridge looked dazzling in a patterned blue silk dress as she helped launch a new project to combat drug and alcohol addiction.

At six months’ pregnant, Kate's bump was visible as she arrived to children’s cheers and a gift of a posy of red roses at The Willows Primary School in Wythenshawe, Manchester.

Kate’s patterned £1,065 blue silk floral dress was by Sophia Visconti, which she complemented with blue suede shoes.

She met staff and volunteers from youth mental health services charity Place2Be, together with teachers and parents, and also children who have benefited from Place2Be.

In a speech in the school hall, Kate, who is patron of Action on Addiction and Place2Be, told an audience: “Through my patronage of Action on Addiction, I feel fortunate to have met a wide range of inspirational people who have overcome addiction. It is so encouraging to see that with the right help — like that of Action on Addiction — it can be conquered.”

Following a short reception, Kate went to the school's nursery where she was presented with a baby gift of a willow tree and a card entitled What Does A Princess Do? that younger pupils had made for her visit.

Greeting her were four-year-olds Jade Percival-Smith and Jayden Dineen.

Kate told Jade: “I like your pigtails.” Stroking them, she added: “How cool they are.”

She was then presented with a shovel to plant a willow tree for the school.

Also supporting the initiative was Comic Relief ambassador and comedian John Bishop.

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