On September 25th 2015, Catherine visited a women’s prison, Her Majesty’s Prison Send. There she learned about work done by the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPt), the UK’s largest provider of abstinence-based addiction services in prisons. Catherine met inmates on a visit to one of Britain’s toughest women’s jails to find out how they are being helped with drug and alcohol addicition. On her first ever prison visit, she spent almost two hours inside HMP Send in Surrey, which houses murderers among its 282 prisoners. Once inside the prison, Catherine met with women who shared their stories about becoming addicts and prisoners and explained to her how the RAPt program was helping them become drug, alcohol and crime free.
After her visit, Catherine said “I saw again today that a failure to intervene early in life to tackle mental health problems and other challenges can have profound consequences for people throughout their lives.” One woman, Lacie, spook to the Duchess. “As soon as she saw me, she asked me when my baby’s due. And she asked if it is a boy or a girl. I told her that I’m having a boy in March and she said, ‘Oh lovely.’ I talked to her about my journey. She was down to earth and she had a presence that made me feel comfortable. I didn’t feel nervous at all.” After the meeting Isha gave the duchess two aprons made by inmates for Prince George and Princess Charlotte, as well as some prison-made pastries from the Bad Girls Bakery and honey from the prison bees. She said the duchess said of the aprons: “George is doing to need it for his painting and his colouring.” Kate wore the Eaton dress in winter white tweed by Fold London. She accessorised with the grey suede Aimee heels by Jimmy Choo, the dark grey suede Somerton clutch by Hobbs and her Kiki McDonough ‘Grace’ white topaz and diamond earrings. #dukeofcambridge#duchessofcambridge#katemiddleton#princewilliam#thedukeandduchessofcambridge#britishroyalfamily#princegeorge#princegeorgeofcambridge#georgealexanderlouis#princesscharlotte#princesscharlotteofcambridge#charlotteelizabethdiana#hermajestysprison
British Royalty. pic: 1952. H.M.Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Film Performance, Leicester Square, London.
British Royalty, pic: 1952, HM Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Film Performance, Leicester Square, London (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)