Prince William’s wife toured the Willows Primary School in Manchester, which was struck by tragedy when vandals burned the $60,000 playground down early this month after her visit was announced.
The community rallied and rebuilt the playground in time for Kate’s Tuesday visit and after a private meeting with children who have participated in the counseling program at the school, which is a partnership between her Royal Foundation, Comic Relief, Place2Be and Action on Addiction she gave a speech.
“Addiction is a hugely complex and destructive disease and its impact can be simply devastating. All too often, lives and families can be shattered by it. Through my Patronage of Action on Addiction, I feel fortunate to have met a wide range of inspirational people who have overcome addiction. It is so encouraging to see that with the right help - like that of Action on Addiction - it can be conquered,” Kate said to the crowd.
She was presented with a large gift box – a basket full of goodies -- for her dog Lupo from the school’s “executive dog” Henry, and when she was told what was inside Kate laughed and jokingly said: ‘Henry, you have gone to so much trouble.”
Kate has said that the royal baby is due in mid-July.