The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, longtime advocates of the importance of mental health, appeared at Mitchell Brook Primary School in the UK to launch the start of Children’s Mental Health Week. The Prince and Princess appeared at the elementary school in Neasdon, North London where the Duchess spoke movingly about the importance of kindness, the theme of the day’s events. Kate’s spotlight was stolen, however, by the charming school children that took to the stage to laud their classmates on the daily kindnesses they have witnessed in each other. Children’s Mental Health week is sponsored by leading children’s mental health charity Place2Be and aims to highlight the importance of supportive health and wellness services and eliminate the stigma associated with mental healthcare in children.
The above clip shows a two-minute highlight of the Big Assembly, the event the Duke and Duchess attended that was recorded for distribution throughout schools and educational venues the world over. The full 21-minute length video is below, and worth watching for its inspirational and moving message. Kindness is king, according to the future Queen, who stated she felt the quality was just as important as excelling at other subjects taught in schools. The children of the assembly reigned supreme however, outshining the royal couple with their open and honest desire to do good in the world and by one another. It is a heart-warming piece, and hopefully conveys the message that by being kind to one another, we might prevent much of the human suffering that affects all of us.
The Duchess of Cambridge appeared for the Big Assembly wearing a two-piece Luisa Spagnoli skirt suit in vibrant red. The tailored suit dress first appeared on Kate Middleton prior to her marriage, features a ruffled peplum and black belt, and was last seen on the Duchess of Cambridge during her tour of New Zealand in 2014. The style is no longer available, but below are several suggestions for an elegant, professional, and bold look like Catherine’s. Choose simple, well-crafted suits with quality fabric and look for bright, eye-catching colors with classic black accents.
In addition to a strikingly colored suit that catches the eye, the Duchess of Cambridge also wore black heeled pumps, glittering earrings, and carried a petite black handbag. These classic staple accessories can come from your own wardrobe to complete your professional princess look, or you can find a large selection of black and bejeweled items below that might tempt a Duchess herself.
The royal pair enjoyed a spirited greeting by children and a small orchestra outside the school. Kate accepted a bouquet of flowers with a stooped conversation, and William joined her on bended knee to help a young boy who was struggling to put on his gloves. They also greeted students and staff before heading in to the main event.
Inside the school hall they attended The Big Assembly which included a whole school performance of the Bruno Mars song ‘Count on Me’ and sketches performed by students on the subject of kindness, and having the K factor.
Catherine herself lent a moving speech to the occasion, recalling how being treated with kindness and respect were integral parts of her upbringing and childhood, and can make a huge impact on another person who is struggling. A simple kind word or shoulder to cry on can make a difference between a child’s life and death. “That is why William and I want to teach our little children George and Charlotte just how important these things are as they grow up. In my view it is just as important as excelling at maths or sport.”
The Duchess of Cambridge was visiting in the school in her role as patron of the charity Place2Be, which provides in-school support and expert training to improve the emotional well-being of pupils, families, teachers and school staff. What do you think of the Big Assembly? Comment below and share your thoughts about Children’s Mental Health Week!