Duchess of Cambridge wears gorgeous and affordable Marks & Spencer dress

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge made a surprising appearance as she promoted British brand Marks & Spencer.

Duchess Catherine made a surprise appearance yesterday as she recorded an important message for school children across the country.

Speaking out about the importance of wellbeing and kindness in a video to the Oak National Academy, which is an online classroom that provides free resources and virtual lessons for parents and teachers, the royal encouraged children to focus on the mental wellbeing of themselves and others.

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“Talking to someone, whether it’s a friend, family member or teacher, is something you can do to make yourself feel that little bit better,” she said in the snippet of the pre-recorded message, which is expected to be broadcasted in full today.

“And you can also play your part in helping others to feel better too, whether offering a friendly ear or helping someone in need.

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“Small acts of kindness can go such a long way. But, as we help others, we mustn’t forget to nurture ourselves, by taking the time to focus on the things that make us feel happy too.”

In making the important appearance, the Duchess of Cambridge was also supporting a British high-street brand in her choice of outfit.

Known to be a big fan of Marks and Spencer, the Duchess wore of the retailer’s gorgeous summery midi dresses.

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The elegant blue and white cabbage print dress, which has taken its inspiration from country gardens, features standout puffed sleeves and a flattering elasticated waist.

And the garden-inspired print is a reminder of an event that is very close to the Duchess’s heart – the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

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Last year saw the Duchess come up with her own children-friendly Back to Nature garden, which ‘aimed to highlight the physical and mental health benefits of the natural world and inspire children, families, and communities to enjoy the great outdoors.’

So it seems only fitting that the hidden meaning behind the Duchess's outfit has made a nod to the mental health cause as she recorded the important wellbeing message for school children.

What a lovely symbol by the Duchess!

Aleesha Badkar
Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home - so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a fun Rioja and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she became so obsessed with the royals that she followed breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.

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