The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge marked World Mental Health Day with a visit to Harrow College in London. They were attending an event hosted by Mind, a charity that works to improve support for those suffering from mental health problems.
Part of their visit included meeting with students involved in the "Time to Change" initiative, which is an anti-stigma campaign produced by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. The Time to Change website explains a little about the program:
Our young Champions have been central to our children and young people’s campaign, and have delivered training in schools so that staff and students get to hear people’s real life stories. The young Champions also helped create materials for secondary schools to use to run their own Time to Change campaign.
The couple also sat down and learned from students using a program called "mind kit" which features puzzles and games that "work-out" the brain.
Kate has really been focusing on mental health this fall. Her press office announced she would dedicate the majority of her autumn calendar to it, and the word on the street, via People, is she will travel to Dundee in Scotland later this month. William and Kate both spent time meeting students and adults working to improve mental health. Nina Massay of PA took this snap of William chatting with a basketball coach about the positive effects of the sport:
Kate recycled a dress that I think was a hit when she debuted it? Was the consensus split on this? I very much liked the Tory Burch Paulina. Kate first wore it to the Plunket Playdate with George in New Zealand. The focus was very much on the baby prince at the time, but I thought the dress was very flattering on the Duchess.
One of you lovely readers pointed out that we never got a very clear view of the dress when she wore it in NZ, and wholeheartedly agree. It is just as pretty or more so! I am particular nothing the two pleats in the front. This is a very flattering dress on Kate.
Kate was at the Anna Freud Centre last month, which was also an event highlighting mental health. I think it is interesting that for both that engagement and this one, Kate chose to wear black and white patterned dresses. For some reason, it seems like a perfect choice...
Once again, Kate's fringe/bangs are gorgeous. I really like this look on her right now. They have grown out just a hair or two, and are more flattering than ever. Despite wearing her hair in her signature long waves, we still got a glimpse of the new pair of earrings Kate was sporting!
They are from Kiki McDonough's Lauren collection. Launched earlier this summer, the collection features this leaf motif to celebrate British ballerina Lauren Cuthbertson and her role as Alice in Alice in Wonderland. They are 18t gold and studded with little diamonds. Whether Kate bought them, or whether they were a gift, these little dangles cost somebody £1,400!
|Kiki McDonough's Lauren Leaf Earrings|
The Duchess carried one of her favorite clutches, the Mulberry Bayswater. It is pictured below as it was released to the public, but Kate had hers customized in suede. She carries it often. She wore her Stuart Weitzman "Power" pumps--again, old faithfuls for her.
William and Kate were their usual charming selves. I am perfectly content to see Kate do solo engagements, but is a nice treat when they are together. Their combined energy certainly gives an event a special edge, and their joy in each other is infectious.
Verdict: Big win. This is such a feminine and flattering dress, its fun and interesting, without overwhelming the scene and the focus. Kate's hair was perfect and she added a fun edge by debuting those earrings. Such a great Royal Recycle! Oddly, perhaps, this was my favorite photo. Kate looks so gorgeous, her eyes are sparkling and she looks natural and full of fun. Just the way I imagine her at home with her family:
Please note that William and Kate ARE at the Wales rugby game. Kate is in her Reiss Delaney coat and what I think are her Rumbas, but will have to wait for better picture. Best photo can be seen here. I have to pop off to some other things, but I will be back tonight with a chilled glass of champagne and that update. Join me then! ;)