Apr 242016
 

Today we share news of a new initiative launched by Kate, William and Harry.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

The three young royals have kicked off Heads Together, a united effort with The Royal Foundation to continue efforts to end the stigma associated with mental illness. Below, a screen grab from the Heads Together website.

Heads Together

Heads Together

From the message signed by William, Kate and Harry on the Heads Together site:

Through our work with young people, emergency response, homeless charities, and with veterans, we have seen time and time again that unresolved mental health problems lie at the heart of some of our greatest social challenges. 

Heads Together wants to help people feel much more comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing and have the practical tools to support their friends and family. The Heads Together campaign will build on the great work being done by our partner charities so that prejudice and fear no longer stand in the way of people getting the help they need.

Heads Together

Heads Together

This is the biggest joint project yet undertaken by the trio. The charity partners that are “tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges.affiliated organizations” include:

From The Daily Mail’s story:

Some of the competitors were filmed going for a run around the grounds, while Prince Harry even joined in the sporting action by racing with some of the schoolchildren supported by the charities involved in Heads Together. 

The three all donned blue Heads Together bands, and joker Prince Harry made sure to capture a photo of his brother William on his phone. 

The launch coincided with today’s London Marathon; Heads Together is next year’s Charity of the Year for the 2017 Marathon, described as the “the biggest annual fundraising event on the planet”. 

Heads Together Twitter

Heads Together Twitter

From Fundraising UK:

A partnership of mental health charities will benefit from next year’s London Marathon after being selected as the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year.

“Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank the Virgin Money London Marathon for making Heads Together their 2017 Charity of the Year. They cannot wait to see hundreds of runners hitting the streets of London next April to end the stigma on mental health once and for all.”

From The Telegraph’s story:

A spokesman for William, Kate and Harry said: “They are passionate about tackling the stigma surrounding the issue. Too often, they have seen that people feel afraid to admit that they are struggling with their mental health.”

The spokesman said the three are “incredibly grateful to be working with charities who have achieved so much in the fight against the stigma that surrounds the issue”.

A 2-minute launch video has been released on You Tube.

Each royal has a brief speaking role; in hers, Kate says “Mental health is just as important as physical health.”

Heads Together

Heads Together

The video includes some short outtakes at the end you might enjoy.

Heads Together via The Daily Mail

Heads Together via The Daily Mail

The Heads Together Facebook page is here and the Twitter feed may be followed here.

Heads Together Facebook

Heads Together Facebook

In the video Kate wears a J. Crew Breton stripe sweater.

Heads Together

Heads Together

It is the retailer’s “Tippi Striped Sweater with Buttons“.

J. Crew

J. Crew

The sweater is one of Crew’s basic styles; you’ll find it offered in a variety of styles and colors. Kate’s version is 100% merino wool in ivory with navy stripes; this precise stripe pattern also comes in pool/persimmon and peach/twig. Below, a better look at the shoulder buttons.

J. Crew

J. Crew

Originally priced at $85, Kate’s style is now $59.99. Use promo code SCORE at checkout to receive 50% off that price, making the cost $29.99. One note of caution: this is a final sale item, it cannot be returned or exchanged. Our thanks to Middleton Maven for her identification of the sweater, as well as Melissa J who shared her ID on Facebook. As of late afternoon on Sunday the sweater is available in most regular sizes, as well as most petite sizes.

Heads Together

Heads Together

Kate also wore a pair of her skinny jeans as well as a pair of wedges it is difficult to see. Anna thinks they are the Monsoon wedges first seen on the recent tour of India and Bhutan, I think she is correct.

Monsoon

Monsoon

The Duchess also wore her Kiki McDonough Lauren earrings.

Kiki McDonough

Kiki McDonough

We will see you again shortly for another look at the royal tour wardrobe, a poll or two and some fab repliKates. A quick reminder – if you haven’t yet voted in the tour jewelry polls, click here and let us know your favorites!

Apr 222016
 

Kate wore a favored retailer for this evening’s dinner with President Obama and the First Lady.

The Duchess was in a LK Bennett dress as she joined William and Harry in welcoming the Obamas to Kensington Palace. Below, the young royals waiting for their guests to arrive.

Justin Sink, Bloomberg News

Justin Sink, Bloomberg News

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Apr 212016
 

We are back with a look at the historic Annie Leibovitz photographs, some retail updates and other tidbits. The photographs have been seen by everyone, but to memorialize them in this space we share a brief overview.

©Annie Leibovitz/PA Wire

©Annie Leibovitz/PA Wire

The official caption accompanying the image: The photograph shows Queen Elizabeth II with her five great-grandchildren and her two youngest grandchildren in the Green Drawing Room, part of Windsor Castle’s semi-State apartments. The children are: James, Viscount Severn (left), 8, and Lady Louise (second left), 12, the children of The Earl and Countess of Wessex; Mia Tindall (holding The Queen’s handbag), the two year-old-daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall; Savannah (third right), 5, and Isla Phillips (right), 3, daughters of The Queen’s eldest grandson Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn; Prince George (second right), 2, and in The Queen’s arms and in the tradition of Royal portraiture, the youngest great-grandchild, Princess Charlotte (11 months), children of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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