Today, January 17, 2017 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince Harry held a briefing for their Heads Together Campaign ahead of the London Marathon at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. The purpose of today’s engagement was to outline where they plan to take their charity in the year 2017. You can read what the Duchess had to say below, you can also read what The Duke and Prince Harry had to say at the Heads Together Official Website:
As William has said we have heard time and time again in the course of our work how talking can help heal the hidden challenges we can’t deal with alone. We have seen that two heads are better than one when dealing with a mental health problem.
Yet, the challenge that so many people have is not knowing how to take that first step of reaching out to another person for help. Admitting that they are not coping. Fear, or reticence, or a sense of not wanting to burden another, means that people suffer in silence – allowing the problem to grow larger and larger unchecked.
William, Harry and I have been very privileged to witness in the course of our work countless examples of simple conversations that have changed lives, which were the first step on a path to recovery. Just last week at the Anna Freud Centre, I heard from one mother how talking to a support worker was – in her words – like medicine. Simply by having someone there to have a conversation with helped her immensely.
So the question that William, Harry and I have asked ourselves is how we can get more people to start talking. How do we encourage people to take the first step.
What Heads Together is proposing is that in the weeks leading up to the Marathon, our campaign will showcase people from all walks of life, talking about the life-changing conversations that have helped them with their mental health challenges.
We hope that these real-life examples will serve as encouragement to others to do the same.
If we succeed with this, we will have taken a powerful step in normalizing mental health as an issue in our society, thinking about it as we do our own physical health.
Harry will explain more in a moment about what you can do to help us with this challenge.
But first I would like to introduce Jon, who is running for Heads Together in the Marathon; and Steve, who will tell you the story of how a conversation made such a big difference to their mental health.
Jon and Steve … thank you.
Happy New Year, Everyone! I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season! In her first royal engagement of the year the Duchess of Cambridge visited The Anna Freud Centre of which she is Patron and also one of the charities partnered with the Heads Together Campaign. She focused her visit around the Early Years Parenting Unit to learn more about their work with families who have children under five years old. Catherine spent her time meeting with families and hearing their stories. On her second visit of the day she met up with the Duke of Cambridge to visit a Child Bereavement UK Centre in Stratford to help mark its one year anniversary. This is a charity that The Duke has been Patron of since 2009. During the visit the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with individuals who work at the charity, met with famiies and participated in activities. I have added 440 high quality photos to the gallery. Enjoy!
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Yesterday, November 03, 2016 The Duchess of Cambridge attended the UK Premiere Of “A Street Cat Named Bob” In Aid Of Action On Addiction. Before Catherine headed to the premiere she made and embargoed, or previously unannounced visit to the Recovery Street Film Festival. The Recovery Street Film Festival features films made by former addicts and their loved ones about life in recovery from addiction. The films provide real hope that people can, and do recover from addiction. At the festival Catherine to former addicts and filmmakers tell their stories of addiction and recovery. She also watched a special screening of a film. Later that evening, Catherine walked the red carpet at the movie premiere and met with author James Bowen and of course Bob. I have added 276 HQ photos to the gallery. Enjoy!
In her first solo visit overseas, The Duchess of Cambridge Visited The Netherlands on (October 11, 2016). Catherine had a busy day as she undertook multiple engagements in The Hague and Rotterdam. To start the day Catherine met King Willem-Alexander at Villa Eikenhorst, his private residence he shares with his wife Queen Máxima and their children, Princess Catharine-Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane. Queen Máxima was unable to greet The Duchess as she was holding her own engagements in Argentina. Catherine had lunch with King Willem-Alexander before heading to the Mauritshuis Art Museum in The Hague for the exhibition, ‘At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection’. Kate enjoyed a private tour of the museum and it’s collections before attending an art class with students. The next engagement of the day was at the British Ambassador’s Residence in The Hague, where she participated in a round table discussion about addiction, intervention, family and mental health. Catherine was joined by two charities in which she is Patron of, the Anna Freud Centre and Action on Addiction. Lastly, Catherine visited the city of Rotterdam to see Bouwkeet, the social Makerspace of Bospolder-Tussendijken, a workshop in a new community that offers a variety skills to local teenagers. Catherine concluded her trip with a walk about greeting well wishers.
Today, (October 10, 2016) was World Mental Health Day. Something we know that The Duchess of Cambridge is very serious about and has made it her mission to bring into the spotlight. To celebrate the day The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry held an event with their initiative, Heads Together at the County Hall and then at the London Eye on the South Bank, London.
The first event of the day was a reception with charities who are apart of their Heads Together campaign where TRH gave a joint speech and met with people who have received support. Following the reception they rode on the London Eye and took in the views.
I have added 400+ high quality photos to the gallery. Enjoy!
After the visit The Duchess told chief executive Sarah Brennan: “William and I found it absolutely fascinating, from hearing the case study and also taking the calls.” She said the types of calls were so varied – “what their worries are, their concerns.” She added: “What we’ve taken away is just how normal it is. We are parents ourselves, I am sure we will face worries – we do face worries, because we’ve got small young children. If those worries escalate, how vital it is to get support – and you are providing that support.” She added, “As a parent and as a mother, having that feeling that there is somebody there that is non-judgemental, that can provide the professional support, and that can really provide helping hand at a really difficult time”‘ – (Daily Mail)
Outfit Details: Catherine is wearing a L.K. Bennett ‘Eugenia’ dress, L.K. Bennett ‘Nina’ clutch, Gianvito Rossi 105 Suede Pumps, and Kiki McDonough Lauren earrings.
I’ve added 98 high quality photos to the gallery. Enjoy!
I have updated the gallery by replacing all low quality photos from the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Tour with over 3,000 new high quality photos! Thanks so much to Mary for her huge contribution to the site! I hope all of you enjoy the new photos!