Kate hosts gala dinner for children’s mental health charity

The Duchess of Cambridge will host a gala dinner at Buckingham Palace on Monday evening to mark the 25th anniversary of youth mental health charity Place2Be.

The duchess has been a patron of the charity – which aims to provide emotional support to young children and works in 639 schools across the UK – since 2013.

Founded in 1994 by Dame Benny Refson, it has worked with more than 250,0000 children and families over the past 25 years.

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The Duchess of Cambridge supports the children’s mental health charity (Facundo Arrizabalaga/PA)

Kate is due to meet two school choirs who will also perform, as well as many of Place2Be’s supporters, before giving a speech.

She has been a vocal advocate for children’s mental health since becoming a member of the royal family, as well as for adults’ addiction support and mental health services.

In January, Kate launched the “5 Big Questions on the Under-Fives” survey aimed at starting a national conversation on early childhood.

The Place2Be gala is due to commence at 7pm on Monday.

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