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.
The Duchess will continue to work to support #childrensmentalhealth care in the months and years ahead #ChildrensMHW pic.twitter.com/jnpU3kiE24— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 12, 2016
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!