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Duchess of Cambridge returned to Islington this afternoon

PUBLISHED: 15:53 27 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:53 27 October 2015

The Duchess of Cambridge meeting dignitaries, including Cllrs Greening and Watts, as she arrives at Islington Town Hall this afternoon. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The Duchess of Cambridge meeting dignitaries, including Cllrs Greening and Watts, as she arrives at Islington Town Hall this afternoon. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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The Duchess of Cambridge this afternoon visited Islington for the second time in a month.

She was at the town hall to meet children enrolled in an early intervention mentoring programme, designed to keep them clear of trouble in later life.

On arrival, Kate, who visited the Anna Freud Centre in Rodney Street last month, stepped out in a grey dress by Orla Kiely to greet dozens of spectators.

She was welcomed by Mayor of Islington Richard Greening and the Cllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council.

The Duchess attended a reception with Chance UK, a charity designed to help children aged five to 11 who are at risk of slipping into a pattern of anti-social or criminal behaviour.

Chief executive Gracia McGrath and senior programme manager Caroline Hopkins welcomed Kate to the engagement, saying there were some children inside who were “dying to meet her”.

The Duchess spent time with six children from the charity’s programme - one from each borough it works in - to learn about how it has personally benefited them.

Chance’s programmes provide weekly one-to-one mentoring sessions with a trained adult volunteer to help build self-esteem and improve their confidence, education and family life.

The organisation, which was set up by a policeman working in Islington in 1995, now helps more than 200 children across six of London’s borough’s every year.


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