The Duchess of Cambridge was on Santa duty yesterday afternoon when she gave out presents to children and mothers during her visit to The Rugby Portobello Trust‘s community centre in North Kensington. The organisation has been particularly vital in helping the community recover from the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, which took place on 14 June and left 71 people dead. The Trust offers support services for youth and parents with a variety of community programs.
Earlier today, The Duchess of Cambridge visited The Rugby Portobello Trust at its community centre in North Kensington to find out more about its work and in particular how it has supported the local community in the months following the Grenfell Tower fire. The Trust runs programmes for children and parents such as homework clubs, sporting activities, social groups and tuition. Her Royal Highness met families benefitting from the services, as well as staff and volunteers, and helped prepare for a Christmas party which is taking place there later today, as well as giving out Christmas presents.
The Duchess, who is pregnant with her third child, first met mothers and their little ones at a Christmas party for the “Magic Mums” group. The Trust offers families support with a number of programmes – from informative parenting classes to homework clubs and sport groups.
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After meeting with young people involved in the Trust’s music workshop, Kate met with Rugby Portobello volunteers. She also helped them set up for their Christmas party, which included setting the tables and getting some downtime with the children.
?? ? The Duchess of Cambridge hands out Christmas presents to parents and children from the ‘Magic Mums’ group run by the Rugby Portobello Trust in North Kensington. The Trust provides support for local families by running programmes for children and parents such as homework clubs, sporting activities, social groups and tuition.
At the end of her visit, the Duchess presented the Trust with her last gift: the Inspirational Team Award. She praised its participants for “all the hard work that goes on in here” before handing over the prestigious honour.
Though she didn’t dress in the traditional red-and-white Santa outfit, Middleton still looked chic and festive in a plum Seraphine maternity coat over a black dress and tights. We’ve actually previously seen the Duchess wear this back in 2014, when she was pregnant with Princess Charlotte, and she and Prince William made a royal appearance in New York City.