The Duchess of Cambridge to lead online school assembly in stunning M&S dress

Francesca Rice
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From Good Housekeeping

The Duchess of Cambridge is set to lead an online assembly on the importance of kindness on Thursday (18 June) for the Oak National Academy. In the pre-recorded message, Kate will speak to pupils about mental wellbeing among children.

Oak National is an online classroom that was created in response to lockdown. It provides video lessons and free resources for parents and teachers. Every Thursday morning, it delivers a virtual assembly for children across the UK, so they can experience a little bit of their normal school routine.

Photo credit: @OakNational

The assembly that Kate is leading, which was pre-recorded last week, is themed around the topic "spread a little kindess" and based on a lesson plan encouraging kids to learn about the benefits of showing kindness, which was created in collaboration with children's mental health charity Place2Be.

During the assembly, the Duchess will say: "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. And you can also play your part in helping others to feel better too, whether offering a friendly ear, or helping someone in need.

"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."

Photo credit: @OakNational

As part of the assembly, the Duchess joined a video call with students from Waterloo Primary Academy in Blackpool, whose parents have been working on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic.

A short clip of the assembly and Kate's conversation with these pupils was shared on Oak National Academy's official Twitter account on Wednesday (17 June).

Kate looked lovely as she chatted remotely from her Norfolk home of Amner Hall, and gave us all some serious style inspiration with her stunning printed dress, which Marks & Spencer has just confirmed to Good Housekeeping is its £39.50 M&S CollectionPrinted Yoke Midi Waisted Dress.

The stunning short-sleeved dress is new-in at M&S, and currently available in all sizes online but you'd better be quick as it's bound to sell out!

This is the second time Kate has worn a high street bargain in the last couple of weeks, after she made several video call appearances in a pair of £5 earrings from Accessorize.

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