The Duchess of Cambridge is well and truly back in action following the Christmas break.
Today (Friday, January 16), Kate, who is around six months pregnant with her second child, attended an event with The Fostering Network.
At the event, Kate met with foster carers and young people who have recently left foster homes. The Fostering Network estimates that more than 8,000 new foster homes are needed in the UK to help care for children and young people.
The meeting comes a day after Kate's first official engagement of 2015, where she named a new art studio at a school as part of her work with The Art Room charity.
Kate was well and truly upstaged at the school event, as she attended alongside artist Grayson Perry – who had a much fancier frock than her. But all eyes were on the royal today as she chatted away with staff and carers.
Explaining Kate's interest in the organisation, a Kensington Palace spokesperson said: "These children have often experienced neglect and abuse, or have witnessed domestic violence or substance misuse.
"Whatever their experiences, all of them will be suffering the trauma of being separated from their own families, and need love, support and stability.
"Foster carers can provide these children with what they need, and often give them their first positive experience of family life. This event will help to shine a spotlight on fostering and raise awareness about the role of foster carers."
The Duchess of Cambridge learns more about the experiences of foster carers @fosteringnetpic.twitter.com/AMtAkY2Rtb
- Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 16, 2015
Kate met with staff before sitting down to tea and cake with a group of children who have been fostered.
The Duchess is expecting her second baby - a brother or sister for Prince George - in April. She took a break from public duties in the first few months of her pregnancy as she was suffering with hyperemesis gravidarum - acute morning sickness.
With just a few months to go, Kate has a pretty small bump, and isn't yet in maternity wear. Her brown dress for today's event is from Hobbs - and it's in the sale. Oh she loves a bargain!
You can find out more about The Fostering Network and how you can help by visiting Fostering.net.
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