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Kate & William on the BBC Breakfast Club, Plus Odds & Ends

Hello and welcome to an ‘odds and ends’ post. We begin with the news that Kate and William were on the BBC Breakfast Club this morning.

The couple’s appearance was in conjunction with their support of the new NHS Every Mind Matters mental health campaign. Here is a two-minute clip from the program; presenter Tina Daheley is the woman doing the interview. 

Their appearance was primarily to support the Every Mind Matters campaign launch.  The Mirror reports the Duke and Duchess are the narrators of a new video for the campaign. More from The Mirror’s story

With the words “we’re in this together”, the couple herald the scheme which includes new NHS expert tips and advice on looking after mental wellbeing and supporting your family and loved ones during the crisis.

William and Kate say: “All over the country people are staying at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

“It’s not always easy. We can feel frustrated, miss loved ones or get anxious.

“So now, more than ever, Every Mind Matters.

There is new research showing three out of four UK citizens are worried about the virus, and half say it is affecting their mental wellbeing.  You can see the Every Mind Matters video in this Kensington Palace tweet. 

 The campaign website notes, “It’s important to remember it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, these difficult feelings will pass. There are some simple things you can do to help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing during times of uncertainty. Doing so will help you think clearly, and make sure you are able to look after yourself and those you care about.” There is a detailed list of ten tips people can follow to help deal with the anxiety and stress associated with the current situation.

During this morning’s appearance, the duo spoke about homeschooling Prince George and Princess Charlotte. More from Hello’s coverage

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge admitted they haven’t told their eldest children it is the Easter holidays and have continued to homeschool during the break.

Prince William described homeschooling as “fun”, while Kate added it was “challenging” ensuring their children maintain their education while schools are losed during the coronavirus pandemic.

And they spoke about staying in touch with family. More via the BBC’s coverage

“It gets a bit hectic, I’m not going to lie, with a two-year-old you have to take the phone away,” Catherine said.

“It’s quite hectic for them all to say the right thing at the right time without pressing the wrong buttons. But it’s great and it’s nice to keep in touch with everybody.”

 

And from Simon Perry’s People article

“It’s been ups and downs, like a lot of families self-isolating. George is much older than Louis is and things, but they are aware, I’m always surprised,” Kate, 38, told the BBC in a rare interview early Friday. “And although you don’t want to scare them and make it too overwhelming, I think it is appropriate to acknowledge it in the simple ways and age-appropriate ways.”

Kate and William also chatted about Captain Tom Moore, an extraordinary World War Two veteran raising money for the NHS.

The Captain decided he wanted to do a fundraiser by walking 100 lengths of his back garden. He hoped to raise £1000 for NHS Charities Together and wanted to complete the 100 lengths by his 100th birthday on April 30th. From the BBC’s story

Born in 1920, Tom Moore trained as a civil engineer before enlisting in the Army for World War Two, rising to captain. He served in India and Burma. His military experience features prominently in the many messages of support he has received on social media.

The Captain wanted to thank the NHS for the care he received while dealing with a broken hip and cancer treatment. He completed his walk yesterday.

He was saluted by a special honour guard from the 1st Batallion Yorkshire Regiment as he completed his final ten laps. 

The Captain raised more than his original goal. Below, his Just Giving fundraiser page, where the total this morning when I started writing the post was a whopping £18 million+. I did a quick check before hitting ‘publish,’ and it is more than £19 million.

More on the Captain’s reaction after completing his walk via the BBC. 

There was an unmistakable sense of conviction in Tom Moore’s voice as he addressed the camera after completing his walk.

“To all those people who are finding it difficult at the moment,” he said, addressing a British public who have seen life turned upside down by coronavirus. “The sun will shine on you again, and the clouds will go away.”

Earlier this week it was revealed that Prince William donated to the effort. Today he called the Captain a one-man fundraising machine. During this morning’s interview, he said “He’s an absolute legend. It’s incredible, I did see him on the news the other night and I thought, ‘good on him.’ It’s amazing.” Below, a video with this morning’s comments and the Captain as he watched the Duke talking about his incredible fundraiser. 

The Captain’s Twitter feed shows his reaction to seeing the couple praise his efforts. You can listen to audio of the entire 11-minute BBC segment here

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Last week the Duke and Duchess chaired a Mental Health Roundtable with representatives from organizations offering mental health care and resources, including Action on Addiction. 

Action on Addiction reports the purpose was “to discuss the impact COVID-19 was having on the mental health of the nation and how charities can work together to support people during the crisis.” Kate also sent the organization, one of her earliest patronages, a letter thanking them for their efforts amid these ‘incredibly challenging circumstances.’ 

As far as what Kate wore, in today’s Breakfast Club segment, she appeared to be wearing the same top seen for the launch of the King’s Cup Regatta last May

The piece remains unidentified at this point. Kate paired it with the ‘Parker’ trousers from LK Bennett along with shoes and clutch by Emmy London

In the Mental Health Roundtable video, it’s possible Kate is wearing the Really Wild sweater first seen at a December Family Action engagement.

It was the brand’s Long Crewneck Jumper in emerald green, which is no longer available. It is made of 100% lambswool that is spun in Scotland.

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We have results of our poll on your favorite evening gown from last year.

And a visual representation of the data with the white Alexander McQueen one-shoulder design that is very much your favorite (and mine as well!), worn to the 2019 BAFTA Awards. Following somewhat distantly are the green Jenny Packham gown worn in Pakistan and the Alexander McQueen worn to the annual diplomatic reception

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Finally today, when sharing what sort of content you would like to see on the site right now, several expressed a desire to see some of my favorites. I haven’t been able to put together a solid list, but here is one that I always talk about when the subject comes up in interviews. It is from July 2011, taken on Prince Edward Island during the North America tour.

The Duchess was watching Prince William doing a helicopter demonstration.

Another view.

She took photos of the event. 

Kate was wearing a trench coat by Ted Baker, the label’s ‘Jinan’ style. She accessorized with a red scarf believed to be by Hugo Boss and her Pied-a-Terre ‘Imperia’ wedges. The coat dates back at least as far as 2008 when Kate was seen wearing it at Cheltenham. You can flip through a couple of images of Kate at that event below.  

Many of us thought Kate was probably wearing the same scarf at Christmas services in 2016.

Kate also wore her diamond and sapphire earrings, her engagement ring, and Diamonds by the Yard bracelet by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany. 

It may seem an odd choice, as opposed to a tiara appearance or knockout dress, but to me, the Duchess seemed utterly relaxed and in her element, almost radiant.  

I hope everyone is doing as well as can be expected/hoped under the circumstances. May you all enjoy a healthy, safe weekend.

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Em

Monday 27th of September 2021

There is a brand online claiming to have made it, JoosTricot. But it's a random new LA brand and the striped tops they make are much thinner in width, so it doesn't seem likely.

Personally I think it's a past season M&S, like so - https://www.marksandspencer.com/ie/pure-cashmere-striped-round-neck-jumper/p/clp60122524

The previous wear was May 2019, and she wore other Autograph for M&S pieces early 2020, and I don't recall her wearing the label any time before 2019.

Stacey

Monday 27th of April 2020

Thank you for posting the video interview. It was lovely to see Wills and Kate in a relaxed setting discussing a very important topic like they are coworkers, friends of part of my family. I'm glad they were bringing some humor to the interview regarding homeschooling and Louis pushing the red button! Kate's hair also looked lovely. It looks like she has recently shortened it a bit.

Melissa Schroeder

Friday 24th of April 2020

I find it fascinating that with all the ‘work’ they do in public and all the exposure they have, it is not until we are forced inside and get on the video from our homes that we are truly getting to see people. People are relaxed and heartfelt. The side we see of William here is very touching and reassuring. Kate is just normal lady awkward Looking (as we all are!) on the Zoom.

Just when William said that Louis always wants to push the red button when talking with family. As a mother of toddlers —- yes! I laughed really hard out loud about that.

Lynn

Tuesday 21st of April 2020

Oh dear! I am late again. Better late than never. Thank you for a very interesting article and all the great comments. I too love the navy trench coat and red scarf. A favourite colour combination of mine! Thank you also - Susan for keeping everyone's spirits up in this difficult time. Cheers to everyone for your continued good heath - from the tip of Africa.

Seh

Monday 20th of April 2020

Susan I had not forgotten that lovely outfit, but can hardly believe how much time has gone by! Kate looked radiant that whole year, just so chuffed to be part of everything. My favourite St Patrick's day outfit is from that period: she just glowed at the time....& still does of course. I am so pleased you picked a casual outfit....they are my favourite. I guess it's the relatability.....& she looks so happy & at home in her regular clothes. I would love to see some more of your favourites. And thanks for the reminder re the ruffled trench, Kate Kate Kate! I had forgotten that gorgeous thing. It IS a crime it didn't return! ElizaMo, I agree the green of the Really Wild Sweater was spot on, & navy /white stripes so very Kate. She looked a bit tired though, & those of us with school children at home can relate to the rueful re-telling of her busy day! She was at her radiant best talking to the schoolkids previously. It just seems to shoot her straight back to the glow of 2011 when she interacts with them. ! I wonder she didn't study to be a kinder teacher (or assistant, like her mother in law!). Hair & pullover (or "jumper" as we say) both perfect. Love her in those sleeves (& any shape with a 70s influence). Not sure if it was "mustard" (I have similar colouring & love to wear it) or a sunshiney, daffodilly, egg yolky yellow! Either way it cheered my whole day. Speaking of colour....how well did the Queen rock that green dress & beautiful brooch?! Although I love her, I wasn't expecting too much from her speech...I mean what can you say? But she nailed it, & I was left feeling quite moved. And yay for Captain Tom Moore! I hope that K & W will keep posting these lovely casual clips from home. The feeling that has sustained us through the pandemic is that we are all in it together & our experiences not dissimilar, no matter who we are. Sometimes I can't seem to find the whole clip for viewing, just bits. Does anyone know a good place to look for the whole video when they release one? From the very bottom of Australia (where we are having a bit of a struggle with Covid19, actually, although the rest of the country is going quite well) I wish you all safety & good health, especially those doing it tough in the USA. Thank you again Susan: you are a Champ!