The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge went ‘back to school’ today as part of their work for mental health initiative Heads Together.
They visited Stewards Academy, a school supported by Place2Be, of which the Duchess is Patron. It is also one of the team of charities brought together for the Heads Together campaign being spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to change the conversation on mental health from shame to support.
During their visit the royal couple joined a lesson on "big change" run by a small number of students involved with the school's mentor scheme, where older students support new pupils in their first year of school.
They then took their seats in a school assembly to hear speeches and watch performances from students on the topic of coping with big changes. Prince William also make a short speech.
Later William and Kate were introduced to a small number of parents to discuss how adults and carers can encourage pupils to talk about big changes in their lives.
Kate made a designer debut today, wearing a new dress by Altuzarra. The luxury women's ready-to-wear brand was launched in New York in 2008 by French-born designer Joseph Altuzarra. His brand is influenced by his multicultural upbringing and his international education in fashion.
The Altuzarra piece is the 'Aimee' polka-dot dress. The sky-blue dress is speckled with a black and white dot pattern. It has a button from and a slim silhouette with a flattering gathered bib and cropped sleeves. It retails for US$2,150 and is currently available at Neiman Marcus.
Kate completed the look with her trusty LK Bennett accessories. On her feet were the 'Fern' trench leather pumps and she carried the matching 'Nina' clutch.
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Wed, Feb 21:
Kate and William will visit Sunderland, in northeast England. They will officially open the Fire House, a new music and arts hub, where they will see music and dance performances from groups using the new facility. The Duke and Duchess will also visit the Northern Spire bridge over the River Wear, slated to open in the spring.
Tue, Feb 27:
Kate will visit St. Thomas’ Hospital to launch the Nursing Now campaign, created to raise the profile of nursing worldwide. She will visit a specialist ward, take part in a roundtable discussion and deliver a speech to mark the launch of the Nursing Now campaign. Later, Kate will visit the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to learn more about the ways to reduce newborn and maternal mortality rates around the world.
Wed, Feb 28:
In her role as Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Kate will view the exhibition ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography.‘
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