Kate was in a new Armani suit for today’s visit to The Global Academy in west London.
The Cambridges and the Prince were visiting the school to officially launch the institution which opened its doors to pupils last September and to promote their Heads Together mental health initiative.
The Academy trains students for careers in broadcast & digital media.
The royals also joined a roundtable discussion with Global presenters, LBC’s Nick Ferrari, Heart’s Jamie Theakston and Emma Bunton and Capital’s Roman Kemp, as well as students and people who have taken part in the morning radio shows, talking about the importance of having a conversation about mental health.
From The Daily Mail’s story:
During their visit the three met students training to be the next generation of production staff, and visited the breakfast shows of flagship Global radio stations LBC, Heart and Capital being broadcast from the school.
The shows each focused on the mental health of young people, helping to generate conversations with the Heads Together campaign in honour of the visit.
Harry visited a science class.
In addition to standard skill training, the school’s curriculum includes an hour every week focused on mental health.
Kate inside one of the studios.
This is one of those engagements where the Royals seemed to enjoy themselves.
Kate also met two women who have created an app for mothers; more from Richard Palmer’s story in The Express:
After hearing from two mothers who admitted feeling in need of a friend when they had small babies, she said: “It is lonely at times. You do feel quite isolated.
She was speaking to Katie Massie-Taylor and Sarah Hesz , co-founders of an app called Mush aimed at connecting new mothers.
The mums are supporters of Heads Together, the mental health campaign set up by Kate, her husband William and brother-in-law Harry.
Kate’s private personal secretary, Rebecca Deacon was back on the job this week. She had been away for her wedding and honeymoon but was seen at Kensington Palace yesterday, as well as at today’s engagement. (She is still slated to leave the position at some point this summer.)
Now to what Kate wore, a jacket and skirt by Armani Collezioni.
Collezione is the brand’s diffusion label, offering styles for both men and women. The majority of designs are geared toward workwear, and the price points are lower than standard Armani. Kate’s unlined jacket is fitted, with a split round neckline, external darts at the side, two-way zip front closure and what I would probably call bracelet length sleeves.
The fabric is a jersey, made from a blend of viscose/poly with elastane for stretch and ease of movement. Originally $1195 at Bloomingdale’s, the jacket is on sale for $717 (40% off), but only available in limited sizes. The matching pencil skirt is knee length, with a center back zipper. YOOX carried the suit as well, and also offered it in blue.
Kate has worn Armani before, a coat first seen at William’s passing out at Sandhurst and for a visit to Scotland in April 2013.
We saw Kate’s ‘Malory’ pumps by Rupert Sanderson again.
The Duchess also wore her ‘Empress’ earrings and pendant by Mappin and Webb.
And her Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.
Here is a quick video from today’s event.
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We’ll see you Sunday for the London Marathon. For those with access to BBC One, tonight the first part of the documentary Mind over Marathon featuring Kate, William and Harry airs at 9 pm local time.