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Kate Middleton Joins Ant And Dec At An Addiction Awareness Event

The Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant in a bold red ensemble as she delivered a keynote address on addiction at a London charity event hosted by TV presenting duo Ant and Dec.

Kate, 39, donned a pleated scarlet midi skirt and a matching fitted turtleneck for the engagement at the BAFTA headquarters in Piccadilly, accessorising with towering Ralph Lauren point toe pumps and a £295 micro-handbag from DeMellier.

The event, held for drug and alcohol dependence charity the Forward Trust, was compered by Ant and Dec and saw the Duchess deliver a landmark speech in which she said ‘anyone’ can become an addict and called for greater understanding of those battling addiction.

Addiction is not a choice. No one chooses to become an addict. But it can happen to any one of us. None of us are immune,’ Kate said, launching the Forward Trust ‘Taking Action on Addiction’ campaign.

‘Yet it’s all too rarely discussed as a serious mental health condition. And seldom do we take the time to uncover and fully understand its fundamental root causes.’

Ant, who has received treatment for drink and drug addiction, was supported at the event by his wife, Anne-Marie Corbett. Dec attended with his wife Ali Astall.

Making a statement: The Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant in a bold red ensemble as she delivered a keynote address on addiction at a London charity event hosted by TV presenting duo Ant and Dec. Pictured, arriving at the event

‘ Addiction is not a choice. No one chooses to become an addict. But it can happen to any one of us. None of us are immune,’ Kate said, launching the Forward Trust ‘Taking Action on Addiction’ campaign. Pictured, Kate at the event today

Important message: The event, held for drug and alcohol dependence charity the Forward Trust, was compered by Ant and Dec and saw the Duchess deliver a landmark speech (pictured) in which she said ‘anyone’ can become an addict

Celebrity guests: Ant McPartlin (left) will co-host the event and was joined by his wife Anne-Marie Corbett (right)

Support: Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall arrive at the Forward Trust’s event in central London today

In the keynote address, which coincides with the start of Addiction Awareness Week, Kate said: ‘The journey towards addiction is often multi-layered and complex. But, by recognising what lies beneath addiction, we can help remove the taboo and shame that sadly surrounds it.

‘As a society, we need to start from a position of compassion and empathy. Where we nurture those around us, understand their journey, and what has come before them.

‘We need to value and prioritise care and support, helping to restore and connect individuals who are clearly suffering, to the people around them.

‘That is why I am so passionate about the work of The Forward Trust, an organisation I am so proud to be patron of. This is the work that you, and many other charities, provide day in, day out. And it is needed now, more than ever.

‘The pandemic has had a devastating impact on addiction rates. And families and children are having to cope with addiction in greater numbers than ever before…

‘Yet, there is hope. Over the last ten years, I have had the privilege of meeting many incredible people who have lived through the harsh realities of addiction. Through their own hard work, and with the help from communities and charities, such as The Forward Trust, lives really are being turned around.’

The Duchess of Cambridge spoke to people who have benefited from the Forward Trust’s services during the engagement

Beaming: The Duchess of Cambridge smiled as she strolled through BAFTA on her way to the addiction event today

The Duchess of Cambridge spoke to representatives from the charity and beneficiaries during the central London reception

Lady in red! The Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant in a bold red ensemble as she arrived for an addiction awareness event

Radiant Kate smiled as she spoke to the group about the work being done by the Forward Trust, of which she is patron

On her way out: The Duchess of Cambridge leaving the engagement in central London, after delivering her keynote address

A wave for the well-wishers: The Duchess of Cambridge made her way to the waiting Range Rover after the event today

‘No one chooses to become an addict. But it can happen to any one of us’: Kate Middleton’s speech in full

Thank you Ant and Dec and to the Forward Trust for bringing us all here together this morning.

I am so pleased to be joining you to launch The ‘Taking Action on Addiction’ campaign, and I am grateful to those of you who have shared your experiences of addiction with me here today.

Addiction is not a choice. No one chooses to become an addict. But it can happen to any one of us. None of us are immune.

Yet it’s all too rarely discussed as a serious mental health condition. And seldom do we take the time to uncover and fully understand its fundamental root causes.

The journey towards addiction is often multi-layered and complex. But, by recognising what lies beneath addiction, we can help remove the taboo and shame that sadly surrounds it.

As a society, we need to start from a position of compassion and empathy. Where we nurture those around us, understand their journey, and what has come before them.

We need to value and prioritise care and support, helping to restore and connect individuals who are clearly suffering, to the people around them.

That is why I am so passionate about the work of The Forward Trust, an organisation I am so proud to be patron of. This is the work that you, and many other charities, provide day in, day out. And it is needed now, more than ever.

The pandemic has had a devastating impact on addiction rates. And families and children are having to cope with addiction in greater numbers than ever before.

We know that over one and a half million people across the UK who did not have substance misuse prior to lockdown, may now be experiencing problems associated with increased alcohol consumption.

Around 2 million individuals who were identified as being in recovery, may have experienced a relapse over the past 18 months.

And almost one million young people and children are showing an increase in addictive behaviour since the pandemic began.

Yet, there is hope. Over the last ten years, I have had the privilege of meeting many incredible people who have lived through the harsh realities of addiction. Through their own hard work, and with the help from communities and charities, such as The Forward Trust, lives really are being turned around.

These are stories of healing, of hope and recovery, that can inspire us all.

I fully support The ‘Taking Action on Addiction’ campaign to improve awareness and understanding of addiction. The campaign will show us that, not only do many people recover from addiction, they can go on to prosper.

We can all play our part in helping this work. By understanding, by listening, by connecting. So that together we can build a happier, healthier and more nurturing society.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who became patron of the Forward Trust in June, also spoke to people who had benefitted from the charity’s work.

Over the last ten years, the Duchess’s experience working with addiction charities has helped lay the groundwork for her understanding of the complexities of mental health and has informed much of her work on the early years.

Experiences in early childhood, before the age of five, are proven to have significant impact on adult lives, including resilience and the ability to cope with adversity.

Addiction is also close to Ant and Dec’s hearts. Ant has faced several hardships in recent years, going through a divorce from wife of 11 years, Lisa Armstrong, and entering rehab for alcohol and drug addiction.

The presenter then took a break from presenting duties after he was arrested for drink-driving in March 2018, while he and Dec were still hosting Saturday Night Takeaway.

The Duchess of Cambridge, pictured arriving at the event, also spoke to people who had benefitted from the charity’s work

Support: Ant, who has received treatment for addiction, will compare the event with Dec. Right, Ant’s wife Anne-Marie

Serious: Ant McPartlin looked stony-faced as he arrived at the event at the BAFTA headquarters on Tuesday morning

Ready to host: Dec looked smart in a suit and shirt as he arrived at the BAFTA headquarters (left) with his wife Ali Astall (right)

Ant told police he was ‘ashamed and mortified’ after crashing his car while drink-driving with his mother in the passenger seat.

The launch of the event coincides with Addiction Awareness Week, running from 18 to 24 October, which aims to provide a platform to highlight the challenges of addiction, to engage with people and families affected, and to raise public awareness.

The Forward Trust has been helping people break the destructive cycle of addiction and build positive and productive futures since 1991.

The Duchess of Cambridge became Patron of the Forward Trust in June 2021 when the charity merged with Action on Addiction, which was one of Her Royal Highness’ first Patronages in 2012.

Taking the spotlight: The Duchess of Cambridge will deliver the keynote address for a campaign tackling addiction

Kate Middleton, 39, donned a pleated skirt and matching fitted top for the event by drug and alcohol dependence charity The Forward Trust, of which she is patron

Showstopper: The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at the action against addiction event in London on Tuesday morning

Polished perfection: The Duchess wore her brunette locks in sleek waves and kept her makeup sleek and professional

Elegant: Kate arrived by car for the event in London today, which coincides with the start of Addiction Awareness Week

Moving on: The Duchess of Cambridge leaves in a car following the Forward Trust ‘Taking Action on Addiction’ event