Prince William and Kate Middleton are in Boston for a trip that is centered around his Earthshot Prize for the environment. However, the couple is also making time for visits that support their other interests—which in Kate’s case, of course means a focus on the early years.
The Princess of Wales made a solo visit to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University as part of her work highlighting the importance of the earliest years of a child’s life. Kensington Palace said today that the center has “long been a friend of The Royal Foundation and more recently The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, supporting with past research on the importance of the early years.” The center at Harvard focuses on how advances in science can be used to inform policy and programs to help families and children.
Kate has made the early years a key focus of her work for the past decade, convening and speaking with experts as well as carrying out multiple public and private visits to highlight and support this area.
“I think that in effect the Duchess is engaged in a radical mission to transform how we, as a society, approach the early years,” Eamon McCrory, Professor of Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology at University College London, told Town & Country in 2021 when Kate was the Duchess of Cambridge. In 2020, she commissioned a major study into what Britain thinks about the early years, sharing ‘5 big insights’ at its conclusion. “She sees her work in the long term,” says McCrory noting that Kate’s “genuine commitment” and presence as a “central organizing force” make her uniquely positioned to create change.
Today, the Princess of Wales was met by James Cairns, Senior Director for Strategic Engagements and Organizational Learning at the Center on the Developing Child and took part in a discussion with researchers about advances in science. She also signed the official Harvard University guest book which has previously been signed by her father-in-law King Charles when he was a Prince.
Tonight, William and Kate will join guests on the green carpet at the Earthshot Awards at the MGM Music Hall at Fenway, their final public appearance before concluding their three-day visit to Boston. They have been greeted by large and enthusiastic crowds despite the weather and despite the fact that the trip began against the backdrop of a damaging Buckingham Palace controversy. In a late addition to their schedule, a meeting with President Biden was added to their agenda when it was clear the President would be in town.
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