The Duchess of Cambridge looks elegant in tweed during surprise visit to women's prison

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Kate Middleton Makes Surprise Visit to a Women's Prison


Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, looked effortlessly elegant this afternoon as she visited Send Women's Prison in Surrey. During the trip, which was conducted under initial secrecy for security reasons, Kate met with female prisoners who are involved in a program with The Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPt), working on the road to recovery from drug and alcohol addictions. The female prisoners are said to have not known who was coming to visit until just an hour before Kate's arrival.

One of the Duchess's many passions, Kate has been interested in combatting addiction for some time now. She has worked with Action on Addiction since 2012, and is clearly taking a larger interest in the fight against a battle many face.

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The Duchess of Cambridge looks elegant in tweed during surprise visit to women's prison

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by Dave Charity, Governor of HMP Send as she arrives for a visit to the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust at HMP Send on September 25, 2015 in Woking, United Kingdom.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by David Bernstein, chair of trustees at Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPt), as she arrives for a visit to the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust at HMP Send on September 25, 2015 in Woking, United Kingdom.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for a visit to the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust at HMP Send on September 25, 2015 in Woking, United Kingdom.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves after visiting a rehabiltation centre at HMP Send on September 25, 2015 in Woking, England.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves after visiting a rehabiltation centre at HMP Send on September 25, 2015 in Woking, England.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with Isha Walker who is on the RAPt programme during a visit to the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust at HMP Send on September 25, 2015 in Woking, United Kingdom.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is escorted by Dave Charity, Governor of HMP Send during a visit to the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust at HMP Send on September 25, 2015 in Woking, United Kingdom.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talks to RAPt graduates Kirsty Tate and Kirsty Lacey as well as Isha Walker, who is currently on the RAPt Programme, during a visit to the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust at HMP Send on September 25, 2015 in Woking, United Kingdom.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walks with trustee Benita Refson of RAPt during a visit to the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust at HMP Send on September 25, 2015 in Woking, United Kingdom.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust at HMP Send on September 25, 2015 in Woking, United Kingdom.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she is handed a gift by Isha Walker who is on the RAPt programme during a visit to the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust at HMP Send on September 25, 2015 in Woking, United Kingdom.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust at HMP Send on September 25, 2015 in Woking, United Kingdom.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she is handed a gift by Isha Walker who is on the RAPt programme during a visit to the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust at HMP Send on September 25, 2015 in Woking, United Kingdom.

(Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is escorted by Dave Charity, Governor of HMP Send during a visit to the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust at HMP Send on September 25, 2015 in Woking, United Kingdom.

(Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, smiles as she is handed a gift by Isha Walker, who is on the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPT) programme, during a visit to the women's HM Prison Send near Woking, Surrey, on September 25, 2015. Catherine met with prisoners and ex-offenders who receive treatment for their addiction from the RAPT charity within a seperate unit in the prison during her first visit to a jail.

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"Addictions lie at the heart of so many social issues," Duchess Kate said today, "substance misuse can play such a destructive role in vulnerable people's lives." She expressed her thanks to the women who shared their sometimes painful stories with her, and called on the need to intervene early in life to battle substance abuse.



"I am grateful to the women I met for sharing their difficult personal stories with me. It is encouraging to learn how organizations like RAPt are offering specialist support to help people break the cycle of addiction and look forward to a positive and crime free life."

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton visits a women's prison in Surrey

For the visit today, Princess Charlotte and Prince George's mom looked elegant in gray from head-to-toe. She wore a silver tweed dress with a peplum accent by The Fold, which retails for about £365.00 ($550) and grey suede pumps by Jimmy Choo. She wore her hair down and curled under, and the entire look was glamorous yet understated, everything we've come to expect and love from Kate.

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