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Kate's Video for Place2Be & Mental Health Week

Saturday, February 13, 2016

On the 7th of February, Kate released her video in support of Mental Health Week and Place2Be.  The Duchess has appeared in videos to support the initiative in the past, but in the fall of 2015, Kate really made mental health her cornerstone priority. It was announced early in that autumn that she would be prioritizing the cause and she made good on her promise. 


This video is the absolute best Kate has ever done, beating her other videos by a significant margin. It was produced in-house by Place2Be's production team and it is polished and clever in presentation and technique. Working in front of a camera is an art, it doesn't come naturally. Kate has been learning on the job and getting better and better as time has gone on. This video was certainly the highpoint to date. 



Certainly, Kate is markedly more relaxed and natural. She has come a long way just from last year's video. There is a more marked change, though. This video is different from the others because it does not focus solely on Kate monologuing to the camera. (which she does fabulously) By interspersing footage of the Duchess interacting with the children, it affords viewers a rare glimpse into Kate's actual personality and demeanor in her charity work. If you think about it, we rarely get to actually hear Kate or listen in on the conversations she has. Still shots don't convey the entire picture.



This was a fantastic video. It was well put together, the music was just the right pace, and Kate was radiantly beautiful, empathetic, and so very real. If you weren't in love with her before, you are now.   Watch the video below and then we'll start chatting about her ensemble!





It helped that she was radiantly beautiful. Perfectly coiffed and wearing her Rebecca Taylor suit, Kate was polished, professional, and utterly lovely. We have seen this suit twice before and I think on its own it is just a beautiful ensemble, but the deep blue really suits Kate's dark hair and big eyes. She first wore it on a trip to Goldsmith Hall where the royal couple honored two servicemen who led a trek to the South Pole. My favorite picture from this event remains the one in which Kate is admiring her shining sapphire, which the blue Rebecca taylor suit complemented perfectly.  



We saw it again when she wore it for the farewell morning in New Zealand. Despite the drizzle, Kate managed to dazzle and give a nod to Rebecca Taylor's Kiwi background. 


Mental Health Week ends tomorrow, but the Palace has already announced that Kate will continue to focus on the issue. In a tweet this week KP alluded to years of focus, so I suspect this is where Kate has chosen to hang her hat.



Finally, to the delight of many, a higher resolution photo of the Duchess surfaced. @it_is_rosalie shared this snap of Kate on her Instagram page. 


Those boots look like they are her Aquatalia Cookie boots. I know someone suggested that her skirt, which appears pleated, could be the Mulberry she was snapped shopping in several years ago. I am not sure this photo os clear enough to know definitively. Whatever the case may be, she looks chic and relaxed. Travel-style inspiration! 

Happy Valentine's Day Weekend to all! 

27 comments:

  1. When I saw this video earlier in the week I was also impressed with Kate's comfort level and poise. It looks as if she and the kids helped each other feel confident. I love how she looks them in the eye and really listens to what they have to say. Her demeanor is so sweet you can see what (besides her obvious beauty) William was attracted to in the first place. Her suit was perfect for the occasion. This suit is so classic she could keep it in her wardrobe for years.

    Place 2 Be is a wonderful program. I wish our schools had something like this. Every child needs a 'safe place' to go when they're feeling down or upset with whatever their life situation is giving to them. In the school district where I work a great share of the children come from very affluent families but it certainly doesn't preclude them from having difficulties in their homes. Well done, Kate, for choosing such an important focus for your work! I would love to visit a Place 2 Be in the UK and see what the children are doing!

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    1. I agree, Robin. It is very easy to see what William found so appealing in her. Kate did an amazing job in this video. Warmth and sincerity is very important when dealing with a subject such as this and she has it in spades. Children do not act; clearly, they were at ease with her.

      And I think the photo of Kate admiring her engagement ring is sweet. I bet she has had her share of such moments. I know I would!!

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  2. Jane. Great post. She is really coming into herself. I bet William is helping her become more comfortable. He is such a great teacher, supporter, and protector. Can't wait to see her on the 17th and them together on the 18 th. hope we see more of them together this year.
    And thank you for the birthday wishes

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  3. I'm glad she did a video but I'm disappointed but not syrprised she didn't take the iniative to actually visit a place connected with mental health during mental health week. There is zero reason she couldn't have done one this week.

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    1. Kate has been known to make many undocumented visits to charities.

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    2. She obviously made one such visit to make this video

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    3. It wasn't a visit during mental health week but before. I meant a public engagement during the actual.mental health week

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    4. BRF are invited to attend events. They do not initiate visits which are public. Seems to be the awareness was all done through media exposure during the week. I could not find any specific events.

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  4. So enjoy this blog from across the pond! I think the English people should be very proud of their future Queen; she is lovely.
    Question: In the picture of Kate gazing at her ring, it looks as though she is not wearing an eternity ring. I thought at some point she had been seen wearing one with her wedding band and engagement ring. Any thoughts? Any pics to clarify? Thanks!

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    1. I think that this picture and event were before she received her eternity band.

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    2. Yes, the event she is at here is in 2012. Kate first wore her Eternity band on February 11th in 2014--after Prince George's birth.

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  5. Her Rebecca Taylor skirt suit is one of my all time favorite outfits from her.The suit is classic,with a twist of modernity.
    As for the video message,I liked it better than her previous ones,b/c its not just her talking to the camera.We get shots of the environment,a better sense of the kind of environment where Place2Be carries out its work.

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  6. I like to hear in her speaches "William and I" very often. As a rule it is always "Prince William" or "Duke of Cambridge".... And for Kate he is simply "William"... So cute.

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  7. She looked lovely - the fringe looked cute, she was self-assured and warm (the banter with the kids was the best part) & the suit fit the occasion and the person nicely. Well done, Kate!

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  8. I am not sure what happens at the end of the video and Kate says 'Well done!' to the child? There have been some comments about Kate's eyebrows in the UK press recently, and her right one looks a bit odd in the video. Kate mentions 'artwork' several times to the children here, although I am unsure if that is Place2Be's main therapy. (?)

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  9. This was the best video Kate has ever done, it's great! I love that they included children and I'm so delighted that Kate wore this Rebecca Taylor suit again, it is one of my favourite ensembles of hers :)

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  10. What a lovely woman inside and out. William clearly recognized quality when he saw it.

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  11. I liked the gentle way in which Kate talked to and listened to the children. She seemed very earnest, sincere and committed. It has made me like her all the more!

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  12. I don't believe that Catherine is "admiring" her ring. She was left on stage on her own - and that's a vunerable feeling. I think (and I'm speaking from personal experience) that she wanted to focus on something positive. I do this and focusing on my wedding/engagement ring helps with positive thoughts. I'm not admiring it - it's there and it helps.

    Its an important difference.

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  13. I think we may have a first here. Unless someone comes along who thinks differently, I think we all like this suit! Clearly a winner!

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    1. Yes, we may, Robin. :) I'm happy to see her in a suit, period. They can be feminine, professional, and sexy all at the same time.

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  14. Busy summer for Catherine---with William and Harry she will be in France on June 30th for Eve of the Centenary of Battle of the Somme ceremonies and they will be joined on July 1st by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
    A cousin of my mother's died on the Ist morning of the battle and on the memorial there, three of my son's ancestors are named---all from different branches of the family and probably totally unknown to each other.
    Glad the Centenary is to be marked.

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    1. The Battle of the Somme was one of the most horrific battles ever fought. So many lives lost and so many more severely injured. Here in the US we aren't taught much about the battles that took place before we joined the allied forces but the history is important and something that should be learned. There are some very well written biographies and memoirs out there if anybody is interested. I'm glad the Cambridges, Prince Harry, and C&W will be there to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

      Looking forward to what you all think about the photos released for Kate's turn at being editor of the Huffington Post.

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  15. I expect we'll also see her at the Rio Olympics,b/c she's a team GB ambassador along with William and Harry.

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  16. I really never gave WWI much thought-so many family members involved in WWII- until the
    early Downton Abbey episodes. What bravery and what horror.
    GB paid a terrible price.
    Jean, thank-you for helping some of us understand the importance of remembering to those
    who followed.
    "The War to End All Wars."

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