Kate Middleton Just Showed Off Her Signature Parenting Move: Leaning Down & Making a Whole Lot of Eye-Contact

Kate Middleton was quite the busy woman on Commonwealth Day. Just hours after attending the queen’s service at Westminster Abbey, the Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception at Buckingham Palace. 

Middleton hosted a dinner gala for the Place2Be organization, which provides emotional support to children with mental health issues from an early age and is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The duchess, who has been Patron since 2013, met with two school choirs performing at the event as well as Place2Be supporters. 

In a video shared by the official Kensington Palace Instagram account, the mother of three can even be seen doing her go-to parenting move. Watch the clip below. 

Often while speaking with kids and young adults, Middleton makes an effort to kneel down to a child's eye level—OK maybe not Prince Louis’s yet—since this helps foster open communication. By meeting children eye-to-eye, she isn’t asserting dominance. 

Middleton looked stunning in an ornately beaded royal blue Jenny Packham long sleeve pleated gown and silver bedazzled Jimmy Choo heels. She even carried a custom clutch that matched the beading of her dress exactly.

Later in the evening, she also gave a rare speech, talking about her history with the organization. “Having visited many of your schools, meeting hundreds of your wonderful staff, children and young people, it is heart-warming to see that the support you provide is so much more than just being there in a time of desperate need,” she said in part of her speech. 

Starting the day in an enormous fascinator and ending it with her signature move? We wouldn’t expect anything less from the duchess.
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