From Simon Perry’s story for People:
Kate …joined William and Harry for a special party at County Hall, on the south bank of the River Thames in London, where they met members of the charities under their own Heads Together coalition.
Heads Together is an umbrella organization, a campaign started by the three royals focused on eliminating the stigma associated with mental health issues.
This offers a look at the back of Kate’s dress. On the right of the photo you see Joanne Sibly, who presented Kate with a flower posy. The Daily Mail explains she was “chosen to represent Merlin’s Magic Wand, the charity which grants wishes to children who are sick, bereaved or terminally ill.”
This year’s Mental Health Day theme is mental health first aid, and the impact everyone can have in supporting friends and family confronting mental health issues. More from The Mirror:
…they listened to personal stories from inspiring Britons on World Mental Health Day.
The royal trio spent time chatting with individuals who have helped others with mental health problems and the people they supported before riding the London Eye.
In her remarks Kate said “We must tackle the stigma that stops people asking for help in the first place”. A video of Kate speaking:
— Victoria Murphy (@QueenVicMirror) October 10, 2016
From The Telegraph’s coverage:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have made an impassioned plea for society to recognise that mental health problems are suffered by all and the sooner everyone reaches out to help the better.
The full text for the comments made by all three may be read here.
Following the reception the trio moved to The London Eye, a giant ferris- wheel-type ride taking customers high above the city. Kate on her way to enter the capsule she would be riding in with Harry and William.
Here you can just see Kate, Harry and William, along with other officials and guests, enjoying their 30-minute ride.
They were riding the Eye because tonight it will be lit with purple lights, along with other locations, like the Tower of London and Madame Tussauds. The Light Up Purple campaign is another effort to raise awareness about mental health issues around the world, this is the 3rd year for the initiative.
The Duchess was in a dress by Kate Spade, a new designer for the Duchess. The brand was founded in 1993 by Kate Brosnahan Spade and her husband, Andy. (Actor David Spade is Andy Spade’s younger brother.)
Kate wore the label’s Encore Rose Chiffon Dress, a print “inspired by the roses tossed on stage at the end of a show.”
The shirtdress features sheer sleeves, buttons from the neck to the inset waist, pleated skirt, chest patch pocket, side seam pockets and a removable tie at the neckline, which Kate elected to wear. It is available at Nordstrom, as well as at Kate Spade, along with Zappos Luxury site; it is $498 at all three retailers. Our thanks to Annabelle Gonzalez and Patricia Treble for the dress ID.
We saw the Duchess wear her Gianvito Rossi suede pumps. We show them at Net-a-Porter ($675) where they are available in a mixed selection of sizes.
NOTE: The post has been updated to reflect Kate wearing the Classic Hoop, not the tapered hoops. This better illustrates the distinction between the two styles.
Our thanks for that tip go to a lovely WKWer who wishes to remain behind the scenes.
We also have news from one of our sponsors, Milli Millu. The company is celebrating its 6th anniversary and has launched some fun promotions, including a bag giveaway for those who sign up for the company’s mailing list, along with other gifts for orders placed in October.
The lucky winner will receive the Gstaad handbag. Below you see Julie-Anne Dorff, Executive Style and Jewellery Director at Harper’s Bazaar with the Gstaad during London Fashion Week.
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We will see you tomorrow for coverage of Kate’s visit to the Netherlands.
A request — let’s try to be cognizant of tone when critiquing things. Because this is a written medium we can’t see someone’s face or hear their voice, and it is easy for comments to sound overly harsh when that is not the intention.
- You can learn more about World Mental Health Day by clicking here; the World Federation for Mental Health website is here and the Light-up Purple website is here
- In the US learn more at the Mental Health America website; the group’s Facebook page is here and Twitter feed here
- The Heads Together website is here; the charity’s Facebook page is here and Twitter feed feed here. Below, a list of the Heads Together Charity Partners:
- The Anna Freud Centre website is here; the organization’s Facebook page is here; the Twitter feed is here
- Best Beginnings – “aims to reduce child health inequalities by creating and distributing innovative resources for families and professionals”. You’ll find the Best Beginnings Facebook page here and Twitter feed here.
- C.A.L.M. – the Campaign Against Living Miserably focuses on male suicide prevention. The CALM Facebook page is here and Twitter feed here.
- CONTACT – is a coalition of military mental health organizations and support mechanisms working toward “healthier military minds.”
- Mind – “The mental health charity.” The Mind Facebook page is here and Twitter feed here.
- Place2Be focuses on in-school support for children encountering mental health issues; Kate has been involved with the organization since 2013. The Place2Be Facebook page is here and Twitter feed here.
- The Mix – “the UK’s largest support service for those under 25″. You’ll find the charity’s Facebook page here and Twitter feed here.
- Young Minds – “committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.” Visit the group’s Facebook page here and/or the Twitter feed here.
- The Heads Together initiative was announced in August when a You Tube video about the campaign was released.
- The Daily Mail‘s coverage is here; The Telegraph’s story is here; The Daily Mirror’s story is here; The Evening Standard’s story is here
- People magazine’s story is here; PopSugar’s oversized photos are here;