NOTE: With apologies to those who may have already read the portion of this post with the Mental Health Week content, I thought we needed a second post separate from yesterday’s Air Cadets post. That post became very long and unwieldy once I added all the content about the video and the new photo of Kate. I am sorry for clogging up your electronic in-bin!
…The Anna Freud Centre is working to reduce the burden of mental health difficulties of children and young people. The Centre provides a range of clinical services, specialist teaching and training for practitioners and pursues a programme of cutting edge research.
Some may recall Kate’s first solo engagement after Charlotte’s birth was at the Centre’s Family School in mid-September.
Richard Palmer, The Express/Kensington Palace
Today’s activities were more lighthearted as Kate took part in the Centre’s annual Christmas party. The fun included a session on the bongo drums. From Rebecca English’s Daily Mail story:
The future Queen, hilariously, played Queen, tapping out the band’s anthem We Will Rock You during a session on West African goatskin Djembe drums at the Anna Freud Centre in Islington, North London.
Holding a bongo drum between your legs is all but impossible in an Alexander McQueen dress, so the Duchess of Cambridge invented her own “sidesaddle” technique as she joined children at a Christmas party today.
Capone Duggan-Samuels, 12, who sat to her left, said: “Unfortunately, it wasn’t easy for her to hold the drum properly because she was in a dress. She was holding it by her side. But she was making the right sounds.”
At the engagement Kate chatted with a young man about favorite football teams. The Daily Mail story reveals he learned something interesting during that conversation:
The Duchess is not thought to be a keen football fan but when she visited the same pupils in September, some of the pupils came away with the impression she followed the same team as her husband, Prince William: Aston Villa.
But when Rjay Bryan, eight, chatted with her today about William’s support for Villa, the Premier League’s basement team, he then asked which team Kate favoured.
‘We high fived because she supports Chelsea and I support Chelsea. I love people who support Chelsea,’ he said.
Kate also worked with the children on making paper hands. The hands were used to make a Christmas tree collage on the wall.
This was one of those engagements where Kate very much in her element, relaxed and enjoying herself.
Kate accessorized with her trusty ‘Power’ pumps from Stuart Weitzman. While the black suede version is no longer available in the US, Russell and Bromley still carries the style, it is called the Plunge (£185, about $275 at today’s exchange rates). The info about R&B still carrying the shoe comes via a comment on FB message, I apologize for not remembering just who shared that information.
UPDATE Dec 23: We have heard from another reader that the Plunge is *not* the same as the Power pump, it is actually a style created jointly by Stuart Weitzman and Russell & Bromley. The shoe is priced much lower than the Power was: it is £185 versus £235 for the Power. Our reader also notes there are clear quality distinctions: the Plunge sole is synthetic leather as opposed to the real leather used for the Power sole. One other note: our reader says the plunge is a great repliKate with differences that wouldn’t be visible when the show is worn.