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The Duchess Wears Holland Cooper in Children’s Mental Health Week Video

The Duchess was in a new Fair Isle sweater as she read a bedtime story to mark the start of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.

The Duchess read The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson, with illustrations by Paul Howard.

Publishers Weekly writes about the book in this review:

Howard’s glorious nocturnal illustrations give new life to the late British author’s 1968 tale of an owlet frightened of the night. “The dark is scary,” Plop tells Mommy Barn Owl, who wisely instructs him to learn a bit more about it before passing judgment.

Tomlinson’s reassuring tale is aimed squarely at preschoolers, who will thrill to a familiar scenario played out in an unusual setting. Howard’s expertly shaded pastels evoke the owls’ feather-softness against full-bleed illustrations in glowing, naturalistic colors, which he augments with smaller sepia vignettes.

The book is a CBeebies Bedtime Story, a program that reads a different bedtime story every night on CBeebies, the BBC’s children’s television channel.

Children’s Mental Health Week runs from February 7 – 13 this year. The weeklong awareness effort is managed by Place2Be, the children’s mental health charity. The Duchess is Place2Be’s royal patron. This year’s theme for the week is “Growing Together.” More on this via the CMHW site

Growing Together  is about growing emotionally and finding ways to help each other grow. Challenges and setbacks can help us to grow and adapt and trying new things can help us to move beyond our comfort zone into a new realm of possibility and potential. However, emotional growth is often a gradual process that happens over time, and sometimes we might feel a bit ‘stuck’.

Place2Be notes on the Children’s Mental Health Week site that “we will be encouraging children (and adults) to consider how they have grown and how they can help others to grow. ‘

The Duchess helped launch the first Children’s Mental Health Week back in 2015. Below, the Duchess in a video shot for that very first awareness week back in 2015.

She has been involved with the annual effort ever since.  I will post a link to the bedtime story video as soon as one is posted; if possible, I will post the entire video here. 

UPDATE: Here is a brief video of the Duchess speaking about the story; it is not the full reading of the story. 

Unfortunately, I am not able to view or embed the full story being read because of my location.  That will be the case for those outside the UK.  Here is the message at iPlayer, where the story is available to watch for those able to access iPlayer.   

UPDATE #2 FEBRUARY 18: With thanks to Beth for her Facebook tip, you can now view the full video on YouTube or here on the site. 

Now for a quick look at what Kate wore in the video.  

She appears to be wearing the Fairisle Knit Sweater in cream (£179, roughly $240 at today’s exchange rates) by Holland Cooper.

The piece is described as being made from an “extra-soft yarn,” a blend of nylon, alpaca, and wool. It has ribbing at the extended cuffs, hem, rolled neck, and lots of Holland Cooper buttons at the cuff and shoulder.

The piece is also offered in grey and black.


Also today, several updates to Kate’s Calendar


  • Tuesday/Wednesday, February 22/23: The Duchess will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark. This is described as a working visit with the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood. She will be received by the nation’s monarch Queen Margrethe II on the 23rdand spend time with Crown Princess Mary. They will “visit a project which works to protect vulnerable women and children from domestic violence and use the trip as a fact-finding mission for her Royal Foundation for Early Childhood,” per the NZ Herald.  

A Kensington Palace news release notes: 

This is the first time The Duchess will be bringing the work of The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood to the international stage. The Centre aims to drive awareness of and action on the extraordinary impact of the early years. On this trip, it will learn from Denmark’s example as a country widely recognised as a world leader in its approach and investment in early childhood development.

The visit will also pay tribute to the historic ties Britain shares with Denmark and will celebrate the joint Jubilees taking place in each country this year: The Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, marking seventy years on the British throne, and The Golden Jubilee of Margrethe II, making fifty years on the Danish throne.

This is not the first time the Duchess will be spending time with Crown Princess Mary. Below, the Duke and Duchess with Crown Princess Mary and Prince Frederik at a 2011 UNICEF engagement in Denmark.  

More recently, the Danish royals attended Royal Ascot in June 2016. Below, Princess Mary and Sophie, Countess of Wessex at Ascot.


  • Wednesday, March 2: The annual diplomatic reception has been rescheduled at Windsor Castle for this date. There is no confirmation the Duke and Duchess will attend, nor do we know if it will be white-tie. 
  • Monday, March 14: This is Commonwealth Day, and the annual Commonwealth Service will take place at Westminster Abbey. We have no confirmation the Duke and Duchess will be in attendance, but it has become a yearly engagement for the couple.  

The Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April last year, had a long association with Westminster Abbey. On 20th November 1947, he married HRH Princess Elizabeth here (she became Queen in 1952), and they celebrated anniversaries including their Silver, Golden and Diamond Wedding anniversaries with services in the Abbey.

In 1956 he set up the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the 60th anniversary of which was celebrated at a special service in November 2016. He was also President and Chairman of the Westminster Abbey Trust, set up in 1973, to raise funds for the restoration of the exterior of the Abbey.

For many years, His Royal Highness attended the annual Opening of the Field of Remembrance. Organised each year by The Poppy Factory, the Field of Remembrance sees thousands of poppies on wooden crosses and memorials, each representing a serviceman or servicewoman who has died in conflict, planted in the grounds of the Abbey.

He also attended a great many other services and events at the Abbey over the years.



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Thursday 10th of February 2022

I'm ready for a shorter hair cut, closer to the top of her shoulders. Anybody with me?

Sue D

Friday 18th of February 2022

Yes I agree too!!!!


Tuesday 15th of February 2022

I do agree, it kind of weighs down most of her looks.


Monday 14th of February 2022



Monday 14th of February 2022

Me!! There’s a photo of Kate before she was married (I think). She’s at a polo match watching William & she’s wearing that gorgeous brown shearling jacket, jeans, green wellies, and a brown fedora. Her hair is tucked into her jacket & makes it look as though she has shoulder length hair. It’s gorgeous!!


Sunday 13th of February 2022

Certainly a bold statement but I’m glad you brought it up! I think Kate’s hair is beautiful but I think she has worn it too long for too long if you know what I mean. I don’t think either of us mean any disrespect but shoulder length would be good. She could still put it up and pony tail it but it would look so much more chic than the overly long hair. IMHO!


Wednesday 9th of February 2022

Just love this casual look, Fair Isle jumpers look so stylish on many wearers, however I am not sure how warm a nylon garment would be. I think of the cold winter I spent in NZ years ago and my fair isle kept me warm and toasty. Not much use in Australia unless you live in the southern regions where even though summers might be scorching hot the cold winters demand a cosy knit.

Looks extremely elegant and fun on Kate and colour is excellent. Was in the shops yesterday (here in Aust) and I noticed the return of the "mum jeans". Not my favourite unless you have the correct physique to carry them off. I love a good skinny jeans with a lot of stretch and flexability.

Kate is really starting to develop her own fashion style, does not seem to be a slave to some current trends but aware that her fashion sense is heavily critqued and needs to remain timeless and elegant to the occasion.


Wednesday 9th of February 2022

Very nice sweater! It looks so cozy!


Tuesday 8th of February 2022

I love this sweater, and even love those buttons- a fun detail.

I’m also a big fan of “mom jeans”. This is definitely a trend I am getting behind, especially as a child of the 90s and 2000s. After decades of skinny jeans, followed by this pandemic, stress eating, working from home a bit, having a new baby, etc., I am 100% onboard with putting aside my skinny jeans and replacing them with some high-waisted, comfy mom jeans.


Tuesday 8th of February 2022

Catherine has discovered a tastefully subdued colour scheme for her Fair Isle pattern, something which can sometimes involve all the colours of the rainbow to doubtful effect. She looks very cosy in such a chunky sweater with full roll-over neck, I wonder she isn’t too warm for a tv studio.

The overall effect is very approachable, and dare I say ‘mumsy’ along with what look like her very own, er, mom jeans. They look a bit like the & Other Stories jeans worn for her first Covid jab, which would certainly be an apt label for this occasion. The pale blue denim looks very well against the earth tones in the sweater.

I regret that Holland Cooper feel the need for all those brass buttons on the sweater cuffs which instantly take the jumper away from cosy fireside to smart country house set for me. But Catherine does love her buttons, and she looks beautiful as always with her lustrous loose hair. The BBC book reading for children slot is a lovely project for her to be engaged with.

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