Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was described as "incredibly warm" during her visit to the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies, a training centre run by Action on Addiction. The princess, who is the group's patron, visited the centre to see its work in providing training, education and professional development for those affected by addiction.
According to PEOPLE Magazine, as she met with tutors, Kate told degree programme leader Derrick Anderson: "It must be so powerful for them to be talking to patients who have been through similar things ...They must get a huge amount from it."
The 33-year-old royal mother of two reportedly said that a holistic approach for the family was key to recovery. "Getting the whole family involved is so important. It doesn't affect just one person," she said. Anderson noted that Kate "has a great interest particularly in the family aspects and the harm it can cause to families. And she recognises the need for professional courses."
Martha Bache, a 30-year-old recovering prescription pill addict, told the magazine that the royal had some of the skills they learned as counselors. "She is so lovely and friendly. That is what we have to do as counselors — we give people a voice and some tools. And the fact is she can talk to us in the same way. She's incredibly warm — she's a human being who inspires me. She shows empathy, the same empathy that I am aspiring to have."
According to PEOPLE, the Duchess sat and listened to the stories of graduates of a course on addiction counseling. Kate congratulated them for their involvement in the group after they received their degrees on 9 December. She later posed for photographs with the graduates, the magazine noted. "Let's do one with your hats," she said as she posed with a smile. Kate has been a patron for Action on Addiction since 2012.
The Duchess shined in a teal Emilia Wickstead dress during her visit to the Warminster, England centre. E! Online reported that the dress is one Kate has worn as least once before: during her 2014 visit to New Zealand with husband Prince William following the birth of their son, Prince George.