Today (December 09) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took part in the 23rd ICAP Charity Day event, where the brokerage gives all of its profits made on the day to good causes. The Duke and Duchess were in good spirits as they hit the phones to close some deals, and also had a little fun playing table tennis. In other exciting news Catherine also debuted her new shoulder length haircut! Check it out in the 127 high quality photos in the gallery!
Today (November 20) The Duke and Duchess spent the day in the town of Caernarfon in North Wales. The duo spent the day visiting organizations that support the mental health issues of young people. The couple also participated in a few outdoor activities at the Towers Residential Outdoor Education Centre where they took part in abseiling and wall climbing. You can view high quality photos in the gallery, enjoy.
– Appearances & Events Photos > 2015 > [November 20] The Duke & Duchess Visit North Wales
Hello everyone! On (November 18 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attended the Place2Be Headteacher Conference and gave a rare speech. Catherine met with leaders from schools across England, Scotland and Wales about improving metal health for children. If you have problems watching the video above you can read her complete speech below:
Thank you Catherine for that kind introduction. I was delighted when I was asked to help open today’s conference.
I want to start by saying a big thank you to all of the head teachers here today. I know how much is asked of you.
The fact that you are all committing your valuable time to support Place2Be, and prioritise the mental health of your students is something that all parents should be grateful for.
I often get asked why I decided to spend time highlighting the mental health of children. I imagine my answer might be similar to many of yours.
I know that I was lucky. My parents and teachers provided me with a wonderful and secure childhood where I always knew I was loved, valued and listened to.
But of course many children are not so lucky. Since beginning my work in areas like addiction, for example, I have seen time and time again that the roots of poor mental health in adulthood are almost always present in unresolved childhood challenges.
I am sure you will agree that all children deserve time, attention and love from the adults in their lives. These basic qualities are so much more valuable than the always changing material and social concerns that can seem so important to young people.
As today’s theme reminds us, many children – even those from stable, happy homes – are finding that their heads are just too full. It is our duty, as parents and as teachers, to give all children the space to build their emotional strength and provide a strong foundation for their future.
Of course, not all children have the anchor of a strong family. Many will arrive through your school gates feeling a real lack of love and devotion in their lives. This often leaves them feeling insecure and without confidence and trust in the world around them. That is why your work is so important.
Parents, teachers and other school staff need the tools to help these young people early in their lives. And the earlier, the better. It is proven that early action prevents problems later in life.
Imagine if everyone was able to help just one child who needs to be listened to, needs to be respected, and needs to be loved – we could make such a huge difference for an entire generation.
As head teachers you have the chance to reach tens of thousands of children during your careers, and make an impact on a great scale. Thank you for making the work of
Place2Be part of your mission. I hope you know how much your work is valued.
Thank you – I am really looking forward to the rest of the afternoon.
– Appearances & Events Photos > 2015 > [November 18] Place2Be Headteacher Conference
Hello everyone! I’ve finally gotten around to adding photos to the gallery from Catherine’s appearance at The Fostering Excellence Awards on (November 17) where she met with children, parents, social workers, and handed out awards as well as received gifts for Prince George and Princess Charlotte. You can view 30 high quality photos in the gallery, enjoy.
– Appearances & Events Photos > 2015 > [November 17] The Fostering Network’s Fostering Excellence Awards
I have updated the gallery with Kate’s events from today (October 26). The Duke and Duchess along with Prince Harry attended the BAFTA Charities Forum Event and later this evening the ‘Spectre’ – Royal World Premiere. I have added over 100+ high quality photos to the gallery. Enjoy!
Today The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Harrow College to mark World Mental Health Day. I have added 53 high quality photos to the gallery. Enjoy!
– [October 10] Visit To Harrow College For World Mental Health Day
Over the weekend I updated the gallery with 200+ high quality photos from Kate’s last three appearances. Huge thanks to Holly from evan-peters.com for donating the photos to us.
Official Site — The Duchess of Cambridge has heard the uplifting stories of offenders battling their addictions in a unique unit within a women’s prison.
Her Royal Highness sat down and chatted with the female prisoners and ex-offenders during her first trip to a jail – HMP Send near Guildford, Surrey.
During the visit, The Duchess met women prisoners to hear their personal stories of how they became addicts, and what role addiction played in their offending. A significant focus of the visit was understanding the impact of addiction on the prisoners’ families and the mental illness and other challenges that are often a feature of their pasts. She also heard from ex-prisoners and graduates of the RAPt programme who benefited from the treatment during their time at HMP Send. They spoke about their journey to recovery and how the programme has subsequently helped them live a drug and crime-free life.
The visit reflects the Duchess’s interest in learning how organisations support people living with substance misuse issues, and the impact of addiction within the wider family network.
Following the visit, The Duchess of Cambridge said:
“I was reminded today how addictions lie at the heart of so many social issues and how substance misuse can play such destructive role in vulnerable people’s lives. I saw again today that a failure to intervene early in life to tackle mental health problems and other challenges can have profound consequences for people throughout their lives.
I am grateful to the women I met for sharing their difficult personal stories with me. It is encouraging to learn how organisations like RAPt are offering specialist support to help people break the cycle of addiction and look forward to a positive and crime free life.”
The RAPt addiction treatment programme at HMP Send is the only 12-step prison-based drug and alcohol programme for women in the country. It is tailored to support the needs of women with addiction who have often experienced deep trauma and need specialist support to build a positive and crime free life. The programme focusses on building healthy relationships with partners, children and other family members after the often traumatic and damaging impact of addiction and crime.
RAPt helps people from the moment they begin a rehabilitation programme in prison, through to leaving prison and building a productive life in the community. That can include meeting someone at the gate on the day of release, helping them to find housing, or supporting them to access training and a job.
Half of all prisoners in this country are estimated to have committed crime associated with drugs (Ministry of Justice, 2013), and alcohol is a factor in nearly half of all violent crime (Office for National Statistics, 2014). According to RAPt, over two thirds of those who have completed the programme are still drug and alcohol free three months after release from prison.
RAPt has worked closely with children’s mental health chairty Place2Be, of which The Duchess is Patron. A joint research report from the two charities can be found here.
The Duchess is Patron of the charity Action on Addiction and through her involvement with the organisation is aware that substance dependency lies at the heart of many social issues.
Catherine made her official return to Royal Duties yesterday, heading to the Anna Freud Center for Children, in London. Check out the photos.
UPDATE: Photos have been updated to high quality, untagged, with additions.
GALLERY LINK: Visiting the Anna Freud Center for Children
Today (July 26) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended The America’s Cup World Series. Catherine is the Royal Patron of the 1851 Trust. The royals were on hand to offer support at the sailing event that was cancelled due to bad weather, but the pair stayed and took part in other activities, and tours. You can now check out 100+ high quality photos in the gallery.
– Appearances & Events Photos > 2015 > [July 26] The America’s Cup World Series
Today (March 27) The Duke and Duchess Of Cambridge were in South London to undergo three separate engagements. These will be Kate’s final engagements until the baby is born sometime in April. Their first stop was at the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford, their second engagement was at the XLP Centre followed by the XLP community bus and an XLP mobile recording studio in Sydenham. You can now view 400+ high quality photos in the gallery. Huge thanks to my friend Mary for donating photos.
– Appearances & Events Photos > 2015 > [March 27] Stephen Lawrence Centre, XLP Centre, Bus & Studio
Today (March 18) The Duchess of Cambridge continued her busy month of engagements by stopping at the Brookhill Children’s Centre in London, England.The Home Start-supported centre helps parents struggling with issues including mental illness, bereavement and disabilities. You can check out 87 high quality photos in the gallery. Once again a huge thanks goes out to
– Appearances & Events Photos > 2015 > [March 18] Brookhill Children’s Centre