The duo was in town for the Children’s Global Media Summit. Their first stop was at Media City in Salford where they watched an interactive workshop put on by the BBC.
That project is called ‘Stepping Out,’ offering the BBC an opportunity to hear directly from young people their thoughts and emotions after watching pilot programs.
William and Kate learning more about the initiative.
Prince William speaking with Josh, one of the participants. He was part of a BBC program about mental health and spoke in the broadcast about his challenges in that area.
“You’re a shining example to everybody”. Take a look at what happened when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) met inspiring #mentalhealth speaker Josh. https://t.co/7kbK6UvVOnpic.twitter.com/Xkz8NzO2Pm
— BBC Newsround (@BBCNewsround) December 6, 2017
Kate and William also spent time at a feedback session with school students from The Friars Primary School. Students talked about mental health and its impact on their lives.
The Duke and Duchess were greeted by children’s characters including Danger Mouse, Peppa Pig, Elmo from Sesame Street and Postman Pat as they arrived at the Children’s Global Media Summit in the Manchester Central Convention Complex.
The Summit “…brings together experts from around the world to inform and redesign the future of media for this generation.” Kensington Palace reports the event was also intended to “…explore the impact that digital technology will have on children’s futures.”
Here is a video of the couple arriving at the event.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) December 6, 2017
Kate took part in a forum hosted by Sesame Street’s Workshop, the charitable foundation of the famous children’s TV show, on research into kindness – a method used to help very young children express issues of emotional wellbeing.”
He said: ‘Bullying through phones and social media is an issue that caught my attention after reading about children who had taken their own lives when the pressure got too much.
‘Parents like Catherine and me are raising the first generation of digitally-immersed children – and this gives us many reasons to be optimistic about the impact of technology on childhood.’ But he added: ‘I am afraid to say that, as a parent, I believe we have grounds for concern.’
He also announced the new BBC website called ‘Own It’ which will let children report bullying regardless of what platform they are on.
‘Own It’ is for young people aged 9 to 12 years old. It offers them advice on how to handle bullying online.
The Cambridges as they prepared to leave Manchester.
The Daily Mirror’s Victoria Murphy shared a cute anecdote via Twitter:
Now for our look at what Kate wore in Manchester. She sported a new coat from an old favorite, LK Bennett.
The Delli Check Coat is made of an acrylic/poly/wool blend; it features a round neck, concealed button front closure, military style flap pockets, detachable self-belt and back vent for ease of movement.
It looks like it is sold out on the US/CAN site, where it was priced at $725. It remains available in several sizes on the UK LK Bennett site (£495, roughly $675). US shoppers can also find it in stock on the John Lewis US site ($688); our thanks to Lucy for her email letting me know about the John Lewis availability!
The Duchess was in Goat Fashion’s Elodie tunic dress ($620). The dress is crafted in 100% wool and features pleats at the cuff and a gathered funnel collar. Our thanks to Carly of Kate Middleton Style and Heaven on Twitter for their speedy ID of the dress. It remains available in sizes 8, 10, 12 and 14 as of 3 pm Wednesday, the 6th.
Kate accessorized with her Bayswater Wallet Clutch by Mulberry.
And the Tod’s suede pumps.
She also wore her Mappin and Webb ‘Empress’ earrings.
- you can read the full text of the Duke’s speech by clicking here