The Duchess wore Beulah London for a special Mental Health Minute broadcast today across the UK.
For the kickoff of Mental Health Awareness Week, a PSA featuring the Duke, Duchess, and several celebrities was released. The spot was played on every radio station in the UK at 10:59 am today. A video version of the 60-second PSA was also released.
Below, you see some of those participating in the spot, including professional boxer Anthony Joshua, singer-songwriter Dua Lipa, and football striker Harry Kane.
During his portion, Prince William says, “We’re all connected. And sometimes just talking about how you’re feeling can make a big difference. So right now, let’s join together across the UK and reach out to someone.”
While the Duchess says, “If you’re struggling, it’s important to talk about it. Or if someone you know is acting differently, it’s OK to ask how they are. Use this moment to send a message.”
The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is kindness.
The week has been hosted by the Mental Health Foundation for the past 20 years, and the theme was selected in direct response to the coronavirus outbreak. The campaign will “celebrate the thousands of acts of kindness that are so important to our mental health, particularly during times of stress.” Statistics underscore the impact kindness can have.
Today’s message coincides with the launch of a new social media effort that Heads Together and Instagram have partnered on, the ‘Heads Together Wellbeing Guides.’ The guides are part of a new global mental health initiative from the social media platform in response to the potential mental health effects of the pandemic. The first-ever Instagram Guides will be released this afternoon and they center on three themes: a Guide to Talking, A Guide to Self-Care, and a Guide to Kindness.
Now for our look at what Kate wore in the PSA.
The dress is 100% silk crepe de Chine with a point collar done in cotton broderie anglaise. The floral print is inspired by heritage Indian textiles; the piece features a shirt dress silhouette with concealed front placket, A-line skirt, and slender back tie.
Additionally, the design showcases balloon sleeves with elongated cuffs and self-covered buttons. The dress is available at Matches Fashion (originally $568, now $340), at Beulah London (£550, about $670 at today’s exchange rates) and at Halsbrook ($825).
You can better see the embroidered collar detail on the blue dress.
Beulah continues to invest 10% of profits into projects that support vulnerable women, something they have done since their inception.
The Duchess brought back her Patrick Mavros Ocean Tides Milky Quartz earrings, shown below as worn on other occasions.
I thought it would be fun to share a couple of quick fashion flashbacks today. The first is from eight years ago today when the Queen’s Sovereigns’ Luncheon celebrating the Jubilee was held at Windsor Castle.
The couple with Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco.
The Duchess was in a pink Emilia Wickstead dress that was a version of the ‘Alice’ style, showcasing a fitted bodice, long sleeves, inset waistband, and a full, pleated skirt. The off-center closure on the bodice used snaps as well as hooks/eyes.
Kate carried her Prada clutch paired with Prada pumps.
Kate repeated the dress at a May 2012 garden party at Buckingham Palace.
And just a year ago tomorrow, photos were released of the Duchess with Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis as they tried out the Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.
The fabric showcased a small floral print and the dress had a relaxed silhouette with long sleeves, front pockets, mandarin collar, waist belt, and ruffled tier at the hem.
This year’s Royal Chelsea Flower Show is virtual; on social media today, the Palace released a letter from HM supporting the event.
Today is Members Day, so if you are not a member the show isn’t yet live online, but it will be tomorrow.
Is anyone feeling like a post might be in order featuring all of Kate’s Chelsea Flower Show looks? At this point, I think bright and cheery topics can provide a boost (at least writing about them does for yours truly); if that holds any appeal, let me know and I will make it happen tomorrow or Wednesday!