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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 arrived for an addiction awareness event in London today.

Kate, 39, donned a pleated scarlet midi skirt and a matching fitted turtleneck, accessorising with a trendy tan leather micro bag and towering point toe pumps.

Typically polished, the Duchess wore her long brunette locks in sleekly styled waves and kept her makeup simple. She added a pair of drop earrings and sapphire engagement ring. 

The event, held at the BAFTA headquarters in Piccadilly, is hosted by drug and alcohol dependence charity The Forward Trust, of which Kate is patron. 

The royal is on hand to launch the charity's 'Taking Action on Addiction' campaign, delivering the keynote address and meeting beneficiaries of the charity's work. TV presenters Ant and Dec will also attend. 

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

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

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

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

The launch of the campaign 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. 

'Taking Action on Addiction' is a long-term campaign which will work to improve awareness and understanding of addiction, its causes and scale in society to enable more people to ask for and receive help. 

Sleek and simple: Kate accessorised her bold red look with a trendy tan leather micro bag and towering point toe pumps

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

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

Over the last ten years The Duchess’ 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.

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.