The Duchess of Cambridge is in Northern Ireland today, continuing to promote her UK-wide survey, "5 Big Questions on the Under-Fives"—an initiative designed to jumpstart conversations about early childhood. She arrived in Newtownards wearing a casual outfit: the beloved Penelope Chilver boots she's believed to have been a fan of for 15 years, jeans, a Barbour Defence coat that's equally beloved by Kate, and a blue turtleneck. A pair of gold, leaf-shaped earrings finished off the look.
Kate seemed to have a great time at the Ark Open Farm, a farm that allows visitors—many of whom are in their younger years. While there, she helped feed a lamb, held a snake, and met an alpaca—and of course, spoke with parents and children about the importance of a child's early years.
Here's her jacket:
Her boots are also available here. Her earrings haven't been ID'd, but you can get a similar pair below.
The Duchess has previously promoted the "5 Big Questions" survey in Birmingham, Cardiff, Woking, and London. "I want to hear the key issues affecting our families and communities so I can focus my work on where it is needed most," the Duchess of Cambridge has said of the project. "My ambition is to provide a lasting change for generations to come."
Ipsos MORI is conducting the survey behalf of the Royal Foundation, and the company's Managing Director of Public Affairs, Kelly Beaver, previously explained how experts could learn from the information it gathers. "Whilst many studies have been conducted to generate evidence of the importance of the early years," she said, "there is a real lack of evidence to understand whether this is understood by the British public, or which bring to life how it feels to be a parent of an under 5 in the UK today—the division of roles and responsibilities and the aspirations for the youngest in our society."
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