We’re back with a very quick post.
We begin with a new video featuring the Duchess. As anticipated, a PSA promoting Children’s Mental Health Week was released today by Place2Be. The Duchess made the video in her role as Place2Be’s royal patron. You can view the 2-minute video below.
This year’s theme for Mental Health Week is Being Ourselves.
Below, students at Paget Primary school who took part in an exercise today on what makes them special.
Kate has been a patron of Place2Be since 2013. We learn more about the charity’s role in the weeklong awareness-raising effort from the Place2Be website:
Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to support children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. Now in its fourth year, we hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word.
The Duchess has been a staunch supporter of Children’s Mental Health Week since its inception. A People story talks about the Duchess’s work in this area, noting that she “…has helped inspire the drive to talk openly about children’s mental wellbeing, and intervene to help kids as early as possible.”
The PSA was shot when Kate visited Reach Feltham Academy in January.
Kate also taped messages for Children’s Mental Health Week in 2016
As well as the 2015 campaign.
We have an update to Kate’s Calendar:
- Monday, February 19: Kate will have her first joint engagement with Sophie, Countess of Wessex, as they host a reception at Buckingham Palace. The reception will showcase pieces created as part of the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange. More from Grazia UK: “The Commonwealth Fashion Initiative will see all 52 countries come together to encourage new partnerships and sustainable practices in the fashion industry. Designers such as Stella McCartney, Burberry, and New Zealand’s Karen Walker will team up with artisan producers in developing countries to create a one of a kind eco-friendly outfit(s)…”. The event is timed to take place during London Fashion Week, which gets underway Feb. 16. The new endeavor is supported by both the British Fashion Council and the Commonwealth Fashion Council; Sophie is royal patron of the London College of Fashion.
We learn more about the project from Hannah Furness in her Daily Telegraph story:
It will see established designers including Stella McCartney, Bibi Russell and Karen Walker, paired with artisan producers in smaller or developing countries who “exemplify traditional handcraft techniques and trades”.
And from Monique Jessen’s People story:
“We believe in the huge power of fashion,” Livia Firth, founder and creative director of Eco-Age consultancy, tells PEOPLE.
Firth (wife to actor Colin Firth), who first came up with the project, adds: “The majority of the population of the Commonwealth is under the age of 30 so we needed to find something that spoke to the millennials, the young people.”
Below, Kate and Sophie on Remembrance Sunday 2014.
This should be a fun event.
We leave you with a quick Retail Roundup note: Kate’s Sorel boots are 25% off at Sorel, making them $94.90 instead of $130.
We will see you shortly with our tour wrapup post. And don’t forget Kate’s engagement on Wednesday, when she opens a new Action on Addiction treatment centre in Wickford.