We're back with news we've all been anxiously waiting for - the announcement of a new appearance for the Duchess of Cambridge. :)
On Thursday, 17 September, the Duchess will visit the Anna Freud Centre in North London. The visit will offer Kate a first hand opportunity to see how the charity is working to lead change in children's and young people's mental health care.
More from the official press release:
'Her Royal Highness will visit the site of the Anna Freud Centre's planned Community Campus and its Family School, both located near Kings Cross. The visit reflects the Duchess's interest in child mental health issues and the importance of early intervention and working with the whole family to provide children with in-school mental health services.'
Kate will then visit the centre's family school, which provides alternative education for children with serious emotional and behavioural issues and their families. The Duchess will have the opportunity to see and participate in a range of activities that are part of the usual Family School day, including the 'SmartGym' programme that combines technology and sports psychology. It aims to build resilience, develop emotional skills and improve academic performance in children with emotional and behavioural problems.
|Anna Freud Centre|
The Anna Freud Centre is focused entirely on reducing the burden of mental health difficulties carried by children and young people. They propose a "radical change" in the way services are offered - putting the child and their families at the centre of their own care and focusing on their needs and strengths.
|Anna Freud Centre|
Back to the press release:
'The charity is creating a new Community Campus, where experts in mental health, neuroscience and education will work together with children and families on developing new treatments and approaches. During the visit, the Duchess will learn about the AFC's development plan for the Campus, including its research and training programmes, which helps train over 3,000 professionals in this field each year.'
Of course, it will be wonderful to see Kate out and about again and the choice of engagement is an excellent one. Given the fact we haven't seen the Duchess in quite a while, there will be sizeable press interest, and a portion of this media attention will be directed toward the Anna Freud Centre. As patron of Place2Be, Kate has an interest in supporting children's mental health organisations, and it's an area I would love to see her expanding on in the coming months.
In other news, it's expected the Cambridges will visit Her Majesty's Scottish estate Balmoral in the coming days. There's reports William and Kate will join The Queen for dinner on 9 September, a landmark day for the Queen when she becomes the longest reigning monarch surpassing her great-great grandmother.
More People's story:
'PEOPLE understands that the 4-month-old Charlotte is set for her first trip to Scotland in the coming days, as she and parents Prince William and Princess Kate head to Queen Elizabeth's highlands estate, Balmoral.
That means they will likely be on hand to celebrate with the Queen as she passes her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria's record-breaking milestone as Britain's longest-reigning monarch on September 9. It's expected that William and Kate, both 33, will join the Queen, 89, for dinner at the historic castle that evening. '
There is a chance we may see photos of the Cambridges arriving/departing from church on Sunday. When they visited in September 2013, photos of the royals arriving at Crathie Kirk, a small Church of Scotland parish church in the village of Crathie emerged.
It's worth mentioning there's speculation in the Scottish press the Duke and Duchess may make a surprise appearance at the Braemar Gathering on Saturday. The event is seen as the biggest event in the Highlands calendar and will mark its 200th anniversary tomorrow. More from Press and Journal:
'The Braemar Gathering is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, and organisers are expecting thousands of people to turn out for a day of traditional heavy, light and athletic competitions. Pipers and Highland dancers will also show off their talents to the crowd, which normally includes the Queen – who is the patron of the games – and some other members of the Royal family.
And with rumours earlier this week that Prince William and Kate will be visiting Balmoral to celebrate the Queen becoming the nation’s longest-reining monarch next week, hopes are rising that the couple will be in the royal box at Saturday’s event.
A spokeswoman for Kensington Palace said the duke and duchess did not have any official engagements planned for Saturday, adding she could not comment on any unofficial events they might attend if in Aberdeenshire.'
It would certainly be a nice surprise if William and Kate do turn up! With thanks to Royal Focus and What Kate Wore for the tip!
Royal tour stories have been doing the rounds in recent weeks. There's long been talk speculating the Cambridges will undertake a tour in spring 2016, most likely in the Caribbean. Despite initial reports Prince George and Princess Charlotte would be accompanying their parents, it now appears that is very much not the case.
Hello! quotes a senior Palace official in their piece who hasn't ruled out the possibility of overseas visits in spring and autumn.
'It was a one-off to take George to Australia and New Zealand last year and it is looking highly unlikely they will take their children with them on their next tour,” the Palace aide told HELLO! magazine.
We are looking at either spring or autumn, but have not ruled out the possibility of them doing both.'
Obviously any trips are still in the early stages of planning, however, should the rumoured spring 2016 tour go ahead - and William and Kate do make an overseas trip in the autumn - one imagines the latter would be something similar in scale to their visit to New York last December.
Their last royal tour - to Autralia and New Zealand - took place in April 2014. If they have decided not to take the children we'll probably see a shorter tour with more engagements on each day. We're also likely to see more evening/gala appearances this time. Due to Prince George's schedule, William and Kate were eager to be back with him early in the evenings meaning, apart from a couple of evening receptions, the tour had a largely informal itinerary.
We should hear more details and snippets of information in the coming months.
We have a couple of news updates on items the Duchess has worn. Kate's much-loved Issa engagement dress - now renamed the 'Phylis' - is back in stock in UK sizes 8-14 at Harvey Nichols retailing for £575.
The striking dress is available in 'chalk' at Shopbop. It is described as a "timeless ISSA dress styled with a plunging neckline and self-belt. Hidden side zip. Long sleeves. Unlined".
Net-A-Porter stock the dress in black-and-white silk-blend jersey, and as of writing it's available in several sizes.
Finally, the Dune London 'Karley' Wedges - the replacement version of Kate's popular Imperia style - are currently on sale at Nordstrom reduced from $98 to $59. The slingback espadrilles come in black, cream, bronze and navy.
We hope you all have a fabulous weekend!