May 292017

We are back with a very brief post about a cover story in British GQ. The photo you see below is part of the upcoming article; that story showcases an interview with Prince William.

©Norman Jean Roy/British GQ

©Norman Jean Roy/British GQ (click photo to go to GQ site & interview)

The picture of Charlotte, George, Kate, William and Lupo was taken at Kensington Palace in April. All of the photos in the feature are by noted portrait photographer Norman Jean Roy. Below, the GQ July cover.

GQ Cover Prince William May 29 2017

Norman Jean Roy  (click photo to go to British GQ & interview)

We initially thought there was just one family photo accompanying the story, but it turns out there are at least two.

British GQ July 2017 Issue

British GQ July 2017 Issue

Because this second photo with the children does not include Kate, I am guessing there will be another image with the story showing just the Duke and Duchess, although I could easily be wrong.

The piece is focused on mental health, done as part of the ongoing Heads Together campaign.  The interview was conducted by journalist Alastair Campbell, perhaps best recognized by many readers as Prime Minister Tony Blair’s press secretary and communication’s manager. He is seen below at Kensington Palace with Prince William.

Norman Jean Roy click image to go to British GQ  site)

Norman Jean Roy (click image to go to British GQ site)

Some of you may recall the “OK to Say” series of films created by Heads Together. They “feature people from all walks of life talking, often with the person that they first opened up to, about the life changing conversation that helped them cope with their mental health problems.” Mr.Campbell and his partner Fiona are the subjects of one of the films in that series.

From British GQ’s coverage:

As part of the ongoing Heads Together campaign, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge has opened up about his mental health and discussed the death of his mother with GQ’s Alastair Campbell, a self-described “old leftie Republican”. In a wide-ranging conversation the Duke reveals his determination to get the nation talking more about emotions and feelings. 

And from the interview itself:

“I’ve been really shocked how many people live in fear and in silence because of their mental illness.”

“Smashing the taboo is our biggest aim. We cannot go anywhere much until that is done. People can’t access services till they feel less ashamed, so we must tackle the taboo, the stigma, for goodness sake, this is the 21st century.”

“I cannot understand how families, even behind closed doors, still find it so hard to talk about it. I am shocked we are so worried about saying anything about the true feelings we have.”

And talking about the 20th anniversary of the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

“I am in a better place about it than I have been for a long time, where I can talk about her more openly, talk about her more honestly, and I can remember her better, and publicly talk about her better.

“I would like to have had her advice. I would love her to have met Catherine and to have seen the children grow up. It makes me sad that she won’t, that they will never know her.”

British GQ has a preview of the interview and story online; you can read more by clicking here. The magazine goes on sale June 1st.


The organization’s primary goal is removing the stigma associated with mental health issues. Below, the three royals at last May’s launch.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

If interested in how Heads Together is doing after its first year there is an update on the charity’s website.

Heads Together (Click image to visit site)

Heads Together (Click image to visit site)

A few bullet points:

  • “More than £8.5m has been raised so far towards helping us all talk about our mental health without fear and get the support we need.”
  • “Later this year we will set out plans to invest in a number of programmes designed to fill gaps in support currently available so that people can get the help they need, when and where they need it.”
  • 749 #TeamHeadsTogether runners took on the marathon and thousands more wore their headbands in support of the campaign.”

For a look at some Heads Together’s accomplishment’s click here.

In terms of what Kate wore for the photo, it looks like it could be the same sweater she wore to the Farms for City Children engagement earlier this month.

©Nunn Syndication/Polaris &

Both Photos ©Nunn Syndication/Polaris

That garment was widely believed to be the Italian Cashmere Long Sleeve Tee from retailer J. Crew.

J. Crew / James Whatling

J. Crew / James Whatling

There are two lightweight cashmere tees offered: the ‘Italian Featherweight Cashmere Long Sleeve T-Shirt” is a 14-gauge knit available in four colors priced at $129.99. That piece in the 12-gauge knit is priced from $99 to $149 depending upon color; using promo code SWEET on either style lowers the price substantially. J. Crew is also offering free shipping online as of Monday evening; I don’t know if that will remain the case after the holiday.

The only item we can see clearly is the Mappin & Webb Empress pendant shown below as worn with another garment.

i-Iamges, Polaris/Mappin & Webb

i-Images, Polaris/Mappin & Webb

We have a little bit more info on the children’s wardrobes (a *very* little bit) over at What Kate’s Kids Wore.


One other quick note about the dress Kate wore for Pippa’s wedding.



I received an email from Maggie; she wanted to let us know there is a sewing pattern for those who want to try creating their own version of the Alexander McQueen frock worn by the Duchess. It is offered by Australian indie designer pattern site

Thank you to Maggie for letting us know about the pattern. In a comment, Nancy asked if we knew of more sewing patterns for repliKates. I remember seeing several over the years, but thought I would ask all of you if you know of any, it could be a fun topic for a future post.

We will see you later this week!


  26 Responses to “New Family Photos Part of Prince William Mental Health Cover Story”

  1. I enjoyed the new photos of the family.

    One thing that struck me as odd is Charlotte being in a dress, while tramping around in tall grass. She’s always photographed wearing dresses. In the U.S., little girls wear slacks and shirts for everyday, and save dresses for special occasions.

    I could be over thinking this.

    • I don’t think you’re overthinking it, not at all. We have seen photos of Charlotte in jeans, but Kate seems to prefer putting her in a dress for photos that will be made public. :)

      • Interesting. The reason it stood out to me is that Kate has an athletic, tomboyish quality about her, which I find very attractive and modern. She seems like the type of mother who would want her kids to have an active, sports filled life, regardless of sex. I think we’ll see that play out as her kids get older.

        It can be fun to put little girls in dresses, as I well know as a mother. In time, kids develop their own preferences and interests.

        • Kate having a tomboyish quality is a very interesting thought! It never occurred to me, but now as I read this, it feels very true!

          But could she feel like this isn’t quite appropriate for her role? Hence her dressing pronouncedly feminine for most official outings? And could she apply the same idea on Charlotte?

    • It could be at this point that it’s Princess Charlotte’s preference as much as her parents’. My girls wear nothing but jeans now, but as preschoolers they were very insistent on dresses. If they knew they were going to have their pictures taken, they would have insisted on it!

      • My daughter, now 30, was the same way as a young girl. She was a dress only girl. She would cry if anything other than a dress was the outfit for the day. It was not until she was a teen that she would choose to wear pants (jeans or shorts). Today, her preferred manner of dress remains primarily a dress or a skirt ensemble.

  2. Beautiful family photos indeed, especially in black and white. The only thing is i think William is a little overdressed wearing a jacket, it seems so formal for a family photo, which otherwise is a relaxed photo feel.

  3. I know this is a bit off topic, but is it possible to know what Pippas wearing in these photos? – absolutely LOVE the outfit!

  4. I love these relaxed family photos and of course it’s fun trying to spot what Kate might be wearing even if it’s only the pendant we can hope to make a more educated guess on. I have to admire Kate for being able to role around in the grass sporting £500-worth of sparklers!

    I would also admire any brave soul who tackled that dress pattern, though it would clearly give a very special insight into Kate’s outfit to try.

  5. black and white, always adds glamour!

  6. I love that Charlotte is just busy doing her own thing in the photos, entertaining herself and oblivious to what’s going on around her.

  7. What a wonderful family photo that would be if only we could see Prince George’s face! It’s a great shot of the Duchess–she looks caught in mid-laugh, genuinely happy. And her hair looks typically gorgeous! *envy*

    • I agree – but I have to say that your own hair looks exceedingly luxuriant too – unlike mine which has gone somewhat thinner with age! Happy Regards!

      • Aw, thanks! My own personal battle is subduing it. Never have to work for volume, I’ll say that! The Duchess’s hair is always #goals for me.

  8. The black and white photo of W, K, G, C and the dog, tells us that they do get to enjoy fun, family times like the rest of us do. The grass is so long, I sincerely hope there are no ticks in it.

    As for the pattern of the dress that Kate wore to Pippa’s wedding, well even though I sew some of my own clothes, I will not attempt this one. There was so much discussion about how ill fitting the bust was. I figure if McQueen’s expert seamstresses can’t get it right, then there is little hope that I would.

    • My thoughts exactly about the dress! If it didn’t look good on Kate, how could any mere mortal pull it off? I certainly couldn’t :)

    • Lol while I adore the photos my first thought was the same …I hope there aren’t any ticks.

  9. While this particular style isn’t favorite, I would love to try to replicate some of Kate’s other fashions. If you have any other “RepliKate” sewing patterns, please post them!
    P.S. I’ve been watching this site for a few months now, just waiting to see something I could afford and would actually wear. I purchased the “Regatta Print Perfect Softshell Jacket” from Amazon a few weeks ago, and I love it! I think I’m going to get another, for my Mom, for Christmas!
    Keep up the great work!

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