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It’s Sézane Separates for Nottingham Mental Health Engagement

It’s Sézane Separates for Nottingham Mental Health Engagement

The Princess of Wales chose an ensemble anchored by Sézane separates for an engagement today at Nottingham Trent University

Today’s visit is part of a series of engagements the Prince and Princess of Wales are doing this week related to World Mental Health Day. Yesterday, they hosted a mental health forum for young people in Birmingham.

The Princess was at the university to learn how it and the University of Nottingham are ensuring their students have the right mental health support. 

A Kensington Palace news release notes:

Both universities encourage proactive mental health management. At Nottingham Trent University they support students by focusing on participation and helping them to develop a sense of belonging and connectivity to their community. The two universities work together to share best practice on this and many other issues, as part of their ‘Universities for Nottingham’ approach to positive collaboration.

The Princess met with students and colleagues who go above and beyond to help students with their mental health before participating in wellbeing sessions.

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The mom of three held a discussion with three students about peer-to-peer mentoring and then participated in a “step in circle,” which is part of the university’s “Welcome Workshop.” It is designed to encourage students to share experiences to help them build confidence, proactively manage their well-being, and raise awareness of the wide range of support networks available to them.

Kate also learned about an initiative the university uses to measure a student’s engagement with their course. When a student stops engaging, this can be a sign that the student is struggling and it will prompt the university or tutors to reach out and help them find the right support.

The Daily Mail has more in this article. 

Kate told students about her love of sport, saying: ‘I love to be outside’. In particular, she noted how she tried out hockey and tennis at St Andrews, where she met her future husband Prince William.

She also said she developed her photography skills through joining clubs at the university. 

The Princess said: ‘University, for me, was when I learnt to try out because there’s so much on offer.’

She then joked: ‘I’d love to be a student again!’ to which the room erupted in laughter.

The University of Nottingham wrote the following in a post on its site.

She also spoke to Jessica Nuttall, Union Development Officer at University of Nottingham’s Students’ Union, about how the university is supporting students with their mental health.

After speaking to the Princess, Jessica said: “It was so good seeing the importance of looking after your mental health being asked for from such a significant place and figure, and highlighting how important it is for students.”

The Princess spoke with people waiting to see her as she left. 

The Princess with students. 

A quick video. 

There were requests for selfies.
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Another image of the Princess with students.  

Kensington Palace released a video about today’s engagement. 

Now for our look at what Kate wore.

The Princess returned to a skirted look with separates by Sézane. On top, she wore the ‘Sami’ Jumper in Natural ($145). The ribbed knit piece is a blend of 53% merino wool and 47% organic cotton, with a round neckline and a 5-button placket and buttons on the sleeve.

The style is also offered in several other colors, including black, navy blue, natural/navy stripe, and bottle green

The jumper was paired with the ‘Naelle’ Skirt in Natural ($175).

It is constructed of the same wool/cotton blend in a midi length with an elastic waist. The Naelle is also offered in additional colors, like black, the natural/navy stripe, purple, and green. Thanks to Gabi for both of these IDs. 

The Princess carried her Mini Holly Bag ($495) in taupe by Tusting, the British brand that manufactures all of its bags in Britain.

We saw the return of the Gianvito 105 Bisque Suede Pumps ($795), the brand’s classic point-toe style with a 4″ stiletto heel.

And the Simone Rocha Faux-Pearl Curb-Chain Earrings.


About :20 into this Notts TV video, you can hear the Princess speak about her university days.

Notts TV also put together a piece on today’s visit. 

The Royal Family Channel offers more than 2 minutes of coverage in this video. 


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Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

Be still my heart! I don't know how I missed this originally, just came across it while looking for something else - what a lovely, elegant outfit that suits the Princess perfectly. I would not normally rave about beige but it suits this sweater and skirt set. And it even looks comfortable! So lady like, timeless yet modern, very Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn. I hope this gets repeated. I hope she wasn't bothered by the undone clasp on the handbag - I enjoyed this tiniest of imperfections, so unusual for her.

Susan B.

Wednesday 18th of October 2023

I think she looks amazing as always. She has the figure and the height to pull this look off. And while I realize she is going for monochrome looks and is rather conservative, I just find the all beige boring. I would love to have seen a pop of color with the shoes and/or the bag. I know that's not her style, but still. I'm kind of over the hair just hanging too. She has great hair, but on some occasions, I would love to see it up during the day. Especially as she has a hairstylist on call at all times. I just think this look, while lovely, is boring and somewhat drab.


Tuesday 17th of October 2023

One of my favorite looks 😀


Sunday 15th of October 2023

Not a fan of this at all, I'm afraid. The jumper itself is lovely, and I hope we see it again in an array of colours (they all suit Kate!). But I cannot get behind the skirt at all – a slim-cut stretch skirt in a midi-length just feels ridiculous to me. I think a good pair of trousers would have been so much more effective here. The casual jumper in combination with a skirt that looks more like office-wear, and dressy heels, makes for an odd outfit that at the same time makes Kate look over- and under-dressed. I don't expect her to dress like a student, obviously, but I think this outfit misses the mark when it comes to making her look like a distinguished guest, and the group shots really highlight that.

That being said, it's great to see Kate putting so much time into these initiatives that are obviously very important to her.


Saturday 14th of October 2023

There is something about this style that is cut perfectly for her figure, elevating the overall appearance of the outfit. The high neckline combined with the hip skimming flared skirt looks amazing on her while not being too fussy or too plain. And the subtle play of texture and color between the outfit, purse and shoes is icing on the fashion cake! It feels like a major fashion transition for the princess -one that strikes a perfect balance of elegance and professionalism, allowing her warmth, intelligence and beauty to shine through.

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