Kate Middleton dazzles in a red suit as she joins Prince William at star-studded gala

MccLi0002556 EDDIE MULHOLLAND ROTA:Prince and Princess of Wales at BAFTA

KATE has launched her “life’s work” helping young children at a star-studded gala tonight.

The Princess of Wales, 41, dressed for work in a bright red trouser suit as she was joined by suited William, 40, at Bafta HQ in London, tonight.

The Princess of Wales was greeted by VIP backers at Bafta HQ

Kate was joined by a suited Wills for the event in London

Kate stepped out in a scarlet Alexander McQueen suit

The royal couple were greeted by VIP backers including Love Island’s Zara McDermott, Ferne Cotton and England footy ace Leah Williamson.

Other ‘champions’ supporting Kate’s ‘Shaping Us’ scheme on the red carpet will be Rochelle Humes, Professor Green, Jax Jones, Giovanna Fletcher and Ugo Monye.

Kate says her “Shaping Us” initiative for under 5s will bring about change in the way we think about and see the importance of early years.

Sources close to the Princess say the initiative will be her ‘life’s work’ and comes 18 months after she set up The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood.

A spokesman said: “The Princess really wants “Shaping Us” to bring about societal change and a change in the way we think about and see the importance of early years.

“This will be her life’s work and be a golden thread for the rest of her working life.”

Speaking to guests last night, Kate said: “The campaign is fundamentally about shining a spotlight on the critical importance of early childhood and how it shapes the adults we become.

“During this time we lay the foundations and building blocks for life.

“And it is when we learn to understand ourselves, understand others and understand the world in which we live.

“This is why it is essential, to not only understand the unique importance of our earliest years, but to know what we can all do to help raise future generations of happy, healthy adults.

“Shaping Us is a long-term campaign, and we’re starting by highlighting how we develop during early childhood and why these years matter so much in terms of shaping who we become.

“As the campaign progresses, we will explore in more depth the importance of a child’s social and emotional world, the significance of relationships in shaping a child’s understanding of themselves and the world in which they live, and also the impact of the surroundings and experiences a child is exposed to during these formative years.

“Together these play a key role in shaping our future lives. Yet they rarely get as much focus as our physical health and cognitive development.

“And of course, by understanding our own childhoods – what has shaped our own beliefs, relationships, behaviours and feelings – we, as adults, are better placed to play our part in positively shaping future generations.

“Those involved in raising children today need the very best information and support in helping to achieve this mission – and this campaign aims to help do that too.

“I want to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to so many of you in this room, for your ongoing work in this area.

“Thank you for your years of dedication and your unfailing determination to advocate for and improve the lives of the youngest members of our society.

“And thank you to many of you here this evening, for your personal support to me in helping me develop my thinking and work on this issue over the years.

“As you all know, by building a supportive, nurturing world around children and those caring for them, we can make a huge difference to generations to come.

“Because fundamentally healthy, happy children shape a healthy, happy future.”

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