Princess Kate Wears an Ivory Tweed Blazer to Discuss the Role of Business in Early Childhood

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Catherine, Princess of Wales, is highlighting the role that businesses can play in early childhood development.

This morning, the princess has shared two pieces of content as part of her new Business Taskforce for Early Childhood. In addition to contributing a Financial Times op-ed encouraging employers to prioritize family wellbeing in the workplace, the royal also took part in a recorded conversation with CEO of Iceland Foods, Richard Walker OBE, about the need for businesses to create a supportive environment for parents and families with young children.

In the six-minute clip, Princess Kate wears an elegant ivory tweed blazer over a matching sweater and dark trousers, while standing in the aisles of the Iceland food warehouse in Aylesbury, in Buckinghamshire, southeast England.

During the talk, Kate highlights the importance of community support and mental health awareness, before noting that the UK grocery chain—which is one of eight companies taking part in the Business Taskforce–now has emoji posters at checkouts to help young children consider their different emotions. She added, "My hope would be that more businesses follow suit and have things like emoji posters so we can build a, sort of, more compassionate, empathetic society."

Earlier this week, the royal delivered a speech at the inaugural meeting of the Taskforce at partner NatWest's headquarters. The project will play an essential role in the princess's work to "transform the way in which society prioritises and supports children and the ecosystems around them in their earliest years," per a Kensington Palace statement.

For the event, Kate wore a business casual ensemble composed of a sleek cream blazer over a white scoop-neck top, black pleated trousers, and black suede pumps. She accessorized simply with a black belt with a gold buckle, gold hoop earrings, and her sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring from Prince William.

london, england march 21 catherine, princess of wales, britain's catherine, princess of wales r, talks with natwest chief executive officer alison rose, at natwest's headquarters in the city of london, where the princess hosted the inaugural meeting of new business taskforce for early childhood at international hq of natwest and rbs on march 21, 2023 in london, england photo by daniel leal wpa poolgetty images
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