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Kate Middleton Looks Like a Modern Princess in a Catherine Walker Coat Dress for Garter Day

ELLE logo ELLE 2019-06-17 Alyssa Bailey
a person wearing a hat: Kate Middleton is out for one of her biggest days of the year: Garter Day. The Duchess of Cambridge chose to wear a white Catherine Walker dress coat with a Lock & Co hat for the occasion. © Tim Rooke/Shutterstock - Shutterstock Kate Middleton is out for one of her biggest days of the year: Garter Day. The Duchess of Cambridge chose to wear a white Catherine Walker dress coat with a Lock & Co hat for the occasion.

Kate Middleton is out for one of her biggest days of the year: Garter Day. The Duchess of Cambridge chose to wear a white Catherine Walker dress coat with a Lock & Co hat for the occasion. She was first seen with Spain's Queen Letizia and the Netherlands' Queen Máxima at the festivities. The queens' husbands King Felipe VI of Spain and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands were invested as supernumerary or stranger Knights of the Garter.

In addition to the kings, Queen Elizabeth II invested a few additional new members into the Order of the Garter, which is made up of male and female "knights" who are chosen in recognition of their public service. There are 25 members total, including Prince Charles and Prince William.

The Duchess of Cambridge's outing today comes after she was out for two events last week. Kate was last out on Wednesday for Action on Addiction's spring gala dinner during Addiction Awareness Week. There, she gave a speech about the organization, which is one of her patronages. In it, she stressed the importance of children's mental health and prevention.

"For the last few years, I’ve been focusing on the importance of prevention: how can we all really support the earliest years of life, build foundations, and help avoid adversity later on in life," the Duchess said. "Having met so many people who’ve suffered from addiction, I have seen over and over again that, sadly, the root cause can so often be traced right back to the very earliest years of someone’s life. Trauma experienced in early childhood, in some cases, as a result of separation, abandonment, abuse, or even emotional neglect, can have a lasting effect. What we experience during our earliest years, even while we’re still in the womb, shapes the developing brain. It is therefore vital that we support everyone who cares for children in those formative years, especially if we want to help with the inter-generational cycle of addiction."

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