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Connect the dots! Kate Middleton dons bespoke white polka dot shirt dress

Kate Middleton donned a white polka dot shirt dress by Suzannah as she and  Prince William launched a £1.8 million fund to support emergency workers and the nation’s mental health amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, 38, who have spent lockdown at their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall with their children Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, met with representatives from organisations who will benefit from their Covid-19 Response Fund earlier this week.

The Duchess opted for the £995 smart crisp white shirtdress, which featured a playful aqua blue and navy polka dot pattern, from favourite designer Suzannah for the occasion at the Queen’s Sandringham estate. 

The brand behind Kate’s stunning white midi-dress revealed today that 20 per cent of profits for each dress sold will go to the Royal Foundation Covid 19 fund. 

The royal accessorised with a set of gold hoops and added a touch of glamour with a £75 gold bangle by sustainable French brand Sézane.

She wore her glossy brunette locks down, letting her signature waves swish across her shoulders, and opted for a more natural make-up look, with a nude lip and paler eye-shadow than her usual smoky tones.  

She added a touch of glamour to her outfit with the £75 bangle from French brand Sézane.

The Stéphanie cuff is  described online as ‘The harmonious marriage of opulent material and natural stone pearls, chosen for their incandescent spirit’.

Sezane was founded in 2013 by Morgane Sézalory and was France’s first online only label. It stands against fast fashion by not over producing products and often selling out items.  

The Duchess also opted for the bespoke gown from British designer Suzannah, who has proved to be a favourite of the royal over the last few years.  

She wore a green polka dot dress by the brand earlier this year during her tour of Ireland, and a white button-up gown by the British designer at Wimbledon last year.  

Back in 2014, she wore a green and white Suzannah tea dress for Prince George’s first birthday portraits. It looked like a floral print, but actually, the motif was a budding heart. 

The couple’s Royal Foundation Covid-19 Response Fund is helping a range of projects, from ensuring all emergency workers have access to individual grief trauma from Hospice UK, to helping early years charity Best Beginnings support an extra 20,000 new mothers.

Kate and William spoke privately earlier this week at the Queen’s Sandringham estate with two emergency responders and two mental health counsellors whose organisations are being supported by the fund.

The Duchess told them: ‘Over recent months we have all been in awe of the incredible work that frontline staff and emergency responders have been doing in response to Covid-19.’

She continued: ‘But we know that for many of them, their families, and for thousands of others across the UK, the pandemic will have a lasting impact on their mental health.’ 

Prince William explained: ‘It’s great to hear how the Royal Foundation is supporting you and many others to build resilience and give you the networks you need through its Covid-19 Response Fund, which will help 10 leading charities continue their crucial work.’

The grants will also ensure Blue Light, a project from mental health charity Mind, is able to support more than 250,000 working or volunteering in the ambulance, fire, police, and search and rescue services, giving them access to peer-to-peer support, training and mental health resources.

The Ambulance Staff Charity will be able to provide an additional 2,780 hours of support for crews, and teachers, pupils and their parents will be helped to cope with issues like anxiety as schools reopen thanks to training and resources from Place2Be and The Anna Freud Centre.  

Since the start of the pandemic, Kate and Prince William have brought together partners from across the mental health, frontline and bereavement sectors to understand for themselves the challenges faced by these sectors during COVID-19 and to identify what support was needed. 

The Royal Foundation has also consulted extensively with these sectors, identifying where it is uniquely placed to add value.

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