By Rita Kokshanian
Updated Nov 18, 2015 @ 11:45 am
November 18, 2015
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It may be a windy and gray day in London, but Kate Middleton is sure brightening things up. The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out today looking positively radiant, and for good reason—she delivered a three-and-a-half-minute speech that she wrote herself, a rare occurrence for the royal mother of two.

Dressed in a gray Matthew Williamson dress with turquoise and gold beading at the neckline and sleeves paired with black pumps and a black clutch, Middleton was all smiles as she arrived at the Place2Be Headteacher Conference, where she gave her longest speech to date.

"I was lucky. My parents and teachers provided me with a wonderful and secure childhood where I always knew I was loved, valued and listened to," she said. "But of course many children are not so lucky. Since beginning my work in areas like addiction, for example, I have seen time and time again that the roots of poor mental health in adulthood are almost always present in unresolved childhood challenges." According to, a palace source said that Duchess Kate had been writing the speech for a week, and plans to give more in the future as the opportunity arises. We can't wait to hear more of what the gorgeous royal has to say.