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!
Kate’s video supporting 2016 Children’s Mental Health Week was released Sunday.
More from Richard Palmer’s story in The Express:
THE Duchess of Cambridge has urged Britain’s schools to do more to provide emotional support for children to give them the resilience to cope with life’s challenges.
The Duchess has been royal patron of the charity since 2013. From Kate’s comments in the video:
Every child deserves to be supported through difficult times in their lives.
Schools are uniquely placed to provide emotional support, working with children and their families – this is something that Place2Be understands.
Place2Be oversees Children’s Mental Health Week. Below, more information on this year’s focus:
The theme of Children’s Mental Health Week this year is ‘building resilience’ and teaching children to ‘bounce forward’ from life’s challenges.
While we cannot always change children’s circumstances, we can teach them the skills to cope with the difficulties life throws at them.
The Duchess interacts with four children from Salusbury Primary School in London, all are benefiting from Place2Be’s services at their school.
More from The Mirror:
Nimra says: “I find Place2Be a very good thing to be in the school because whenever I have an issue I just decide to go there and it makes me feel a lot better because I like speaking what I feel.”
The Daily Mail has more:
In the message, the Duchess says that both she and her husband Prince William, feel strongly that ‘every child deserves to be supported through difficult times in their lives.’
‘Every child deserves to grow up feeling confident that they won’t fall at the first hurdle, that they cope with life’s setbacks,’ she says.
‘Many of us are incredibly fortunate that the issues we face in childhood are ones we can cope with and learn from. But for some children, learning to cope with life’s challenges can be a struggle.
The video was produced by BAFTA’s in-house production team.
In the video children are wearing bracelets with the Place2Be logo on them.
One is also on the table and Kate is seen putting one on her wrist.
It turns out the wristbands seen in the video *are* available via the Place2Be website. Click this link and scroll down until you see this graphic.
The charity requests a £10 donation with a wristband. However, they are only available in the UK.
Many will remember the sought-after EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices) bracelets, they were wildly popular. Created by Imogen Sheeran, singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran’s mother, the bracelets are still available on the EACH site.
You can read more about Children’s Mental Health Week on the Place2Be website.
Here is the entire video, it runs about 3:30.
Many will recognize Kate’s ‘sparkle tweed’ separates from Rebecca Taylor. The ensemble was first seen in 2012 at an event honoring a charity expedition to the South Pole and again in New Zealand during the 2014 tour.
A closer look at the pieces.
Tweed is something the brand is known for and sparkle tweed pieces continue to be part of Rebecca Taylor collections. Below (from left to right), a Stretch Tweed Jacket in creamsicle at 6pm.com ($295), a Ruffle Jacket at Rebecca Taylor in blue cream and creamsicle ($495), and a Sparkle Tweed Dress at Rebecca Taylor ($395). The blue isn’t quite the same as Kate’s, I think the color name, blue cream, might reference the amount of white, or cream, in the fabric; it appears lighter than Kate’s pieces.
One more look at the Duchess with Nimra, Ryan, Bailey-Rae, and Connor.
Here is a full-length view of the coat in this Instagram photo by @It_Is_Rosalie
Many thanks to Christin (aka @PackhamGown on Twitter) for sharing the image. Kate is wearing the Paddington coat from a label she loves for coats, Mulberry. The coat is a single breasted style in a wool blend that has a bit of mohair; it also features besom pockets, 2 Mulberry horn buttons and contrast wool melton trim under the collar.
The garment also came in honey, an off-white color.
I believe the original price was $1590, with the garment most recently selling for $790 in the USA.
Mulberry has a style much like the Paddington this year, the Riva. You can see how similar the tailoring is in the two garments, although Riva’s fabric doesn’t have the texture, the mohair look, that the Paddington has.
In the photo Kate is carrying her Explorer Holdall by Tusting. This photo dates to 2007, so the Duchess has had her bag almost 10 years. Kate is wearing a Zara blazer, cable knit sweater and jeans that I believe some thought were a Levi’s style. (That’s tapping brain cells for long ago data that I may well have wrong.)
Tusting is a longtime maker of heritage leather goods in the UK. The bags are crafted of heavy sailcloth, with antiqued brass fittings, detachable shoulder straps; they are fully lined. Below, the Explorer Holdalls in the different sizes available.
The bags are also offered in tan canvas and claret canvas. Tusting delivers around the world, if in the USA the cost is £40.
- Click here if you would like more information about Children’s Mental Health Week, click on this link to see how to get involved in Children’s Mental Health Week activities
- Place2Be’s website is here, its Facebook page here and Twitter feed is here, if you are interested in making a donation click here
- If you are in the USA and would like info on the Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health campaign, click here; for info on National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day click here
- For an extensive Huffington Post UK article about children’s mental health, Place2Be and Kate’s involvement, click here